OSU football: Compliance officials investigate possible violations

Gannon Mendez of Perkins refuses to cooperate with an OSU investigation into whether he provided impermissible benefits to football players, including wide receiver Justin Blackmon, according to a report by FOXSports.com.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: December 29, 2011
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"Oklahoma State University has diligently explored the claims made in an anonymous email that was sent to the university, the media and others some five months ago. The majority of the claims appear to be unfounded. We did discover a secondary infraction that was reported to the NCAA and handled another issue internally through training. "Based on the information we have gathered, we are satisfied with our findings. We will continue our review and will continue to keep the NCAA informed."

A Perkins man refuses to cooperate with Oklahoma State's investigation into whether he provided impermissible benefits to football players, including wide receiver Justin Blackmon, according to a report by FOXSports.com on Thursday night.

The investigation of Gannon Mendez, a 40-year-old sales representative for Scientific Resources Inc. and a golf club dealer for Cobra Gold, which began this past summer, has already led Oklahoma State to self-report violations to the NCAA. OSU associate athletics director for compliance, Kevin Fite. told FOXSports.com that Mendez will not talk to OSU and that the school has used every option available to investigate him. Fite said he has contacted Mendez numerous times, interviewed OSU players and spoken with Mendez's friends and others in Perkins.

Oklahoma State compliance officials discovered during the investigation that Mendez bought a $5 drink at a bar for a player, Fite told FOXSports.com. Additionally, the investigation revealed that two players sold Xbox 360 video game systems with a Kinect, which were gifts from the Alamo Bowl last year, to athletic department employees. All violations were self-reported to the NCAA.

“We're concerned about it like we would any potential violation, and we've reviewed it as best as we can,” Fite said. “Without any additional information, it's hard for us to take any further steps. Some of that would be some cooperation on the part of (Mendez). As a member of the community, I would think he would want to do what he could to help us.”

Fite said OSU football coach Mike Gundy told players to stop any relationships they might have with Mendez, according to the report.

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