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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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/articleid/3635981/1/pictures/1599020">Photo - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy watches players stretch during the Oklahoma State Cowboys practice for the Fiesta Bowl at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Ariz.,  Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy watches players stretch during the Oklahoma State Cowboys practice for the Fiesta Bowl at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Ariz., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Two sources told FOXSports.com that players were paid by Mendez. One source said Mendez sold signed items and that he and the player split the money.

One of those sources also said that Mendez sold player guest passes to OSU football games and that he split the money with them. The other source said all the money from the sold guest passes went to the players.

Fite said Oklahoma State has self-reported a violation to the NCAA of one player selling his guest pass to the 2010 Cotton Bowl. But the school has failed to pin down if that was connected to Mendez, Fite said.

One source said Mendez also provided OSU players with drinks and meals and took them golfing at The Golf Club at Cimarron Trails in Perkins.

Mendez's Facebook account, until recently, featured photos of Blackmon, senior wide receiver Hubert Anyiam and former Cowboy running back Kendall Hunter at his stepdaughter's birthday party, the report said. When interviewed by OSU compliance officials, Blackmon and Anyiam said they did attend the party but denied any of the alleged wrongdoing, Fite said.

Oklahoma State associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth released a statement late Thursday night, saying, "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."


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