STILLWATER — Running back Herschel Sims was dismissed from the Oklahoma State football program Friday for violation of team rules.
Steve Warren, Sims' coach at Abilene (Texas) High School, told the Tulsa World that the dismissal stems from a miscommunication about money between Sims and teammate Jeremiah Tshimanga. Tshimanga filed an incident report with the OSU police department on May 18 claiming that his bank account was accessed without his consent and that $700 was stolen.
Of course, each case that causes player discipline is unique. Thus, coach Mike Gundy's actions in those types of situations have varied over his seven-plus years as head coach.
Gundy suspended nine players in his first season, which clearly played a part in the Cowboys' disappointing 4-7 campaign in 2005.
Yet Gundy welcomed Chris Collins into the program when he was under indictment on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, then dismissed him when he pleaded guilty in 2007.
Gundy also allowed Jeremy Nethon to return to the team as a walk-on after he was dismissed in 2005. Nethon responded after a redshirt season by earning his scholarship back and being named the Independence Bowl's Defensive MVP.
And Gundy did not dismiss Jamie Blatnick when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery for striking former teammate Steve Denning in the face with a beer bottle, or Bo Bowling when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug charges. Blatnick climbed the Empire State Building, via a StairMaster, as punishment for a summer and later became an All-Big 12 defensive end in 2011. Bowling was suspended for 2009 but returned as a non-scholarship player and developed into a productive inside receiver.
Here's a look back at key players Gundy has dismissed during his tenure as OSU's head coach, and how those losses impacted the Cowboys.
Jeremy Nethon, linebacker
Nethon was dismissed for academic reasons but was given a second chance as a non-scholarship player. After redshirting the 2005 season, he compiled 96 tackles over the next two seasons, including 11 in his Defensive MVP performance in the 2006 Independence Bowl.
Prentiss Elliott, wide receiver
Elliot was a starter as a freshman and looked ready to be one of the Cowboys' key playmakers on offense and in the return game. But he was dismissed for off-the-field issues.
Brad Girtman, defensive tackle
Girtman likely would have challenged for a starting job in 2005 but was cut loose because of academic problems. He also made a throat-slashing gesture after a game.
Seymore Shaw, running back
Shaw, who was OSU's top returning rusher entering 2005, was not technically dismissed, but was suspended indefinitely before a court date after being charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors for breaking into a woman's house. Instead of waiting, Shaw transferred to Central Oklahoma.
Andrew Alexander, cornerback
Alexander's dismissal for violation of team rules was announced at the 2005 spring game and left OSU with just three scholarship cornerbacks.
Thomas Wright, safety
Wright, a projected starter at safety, was cut loose during fall camp.
Also dismissed that season: Walter Thomas, defensive tackle; Doug Bond, offensive lineman; William Bell, defensive lineman
Chris Collins, linebacker
Collins' recruitment and signing by OSU was scrutinized, and Collins was dismissed after he pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old at a post-prom party in May of 2004 in Texarkana, Texas.
Also dismissed that season: Alex Odiari, linebacker
Jeremy Broadway, wide receiver
Broadway, a backup receiver, was dismissed for violating team rules. He had previously been suspended in 2007 for a marijuana incident but was reinstated.
William Cole, wide receiver
Hopes were high for Cole heading into the 2008 season. But he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in August, then was dismissed before the Holliday Bowl for violating team rules.
Also dismissed that season: Marcus Brown, linebacker; Calvin Mickens, safety; Paschal Smith, tight end
Damian Davis, wide receiver
Davis, the Cowboys' third-leading receiver in 2008, was dismissed for violating team rules. Like Nethon, he was allowed to come back to the team as a non-scholarship player, but he never saw the field again.