Cowboys drop Big 12 opener for third-straight season

Jordan Bishop/Stillwater News Press Oklahoma State sophomore guard Michael Weathers drives the lane against Iowa State on Wednesday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Mike Boynton announced Wednesday that guard Michael Weathers and forwards Maurice Calloo and Kentrevious Jones are no longer with the team due to a violation of rules.

“We have a standard of behavior that we expect from everyone in our program and we’re going to move forward with the people who want to abide by those standards,” Boynton said in a release. “I wish the others well as they move on.” 

Boynton addressed the decision Wednesday afternoon, saying there was an incident earlier this month. He said more details came to light Tuesday night, which led to him talking to Weathers and Calloo on Wednesday morning.

“I honestly don’t know much detail,” Boynton said, “but I am aware that there is a situation that those young men were a part of that I don’t necessarily fits into what we believe is the right way to build our program. So, we decided to move on.

“… To the best of my understanding, this most recent incident involved all three of them to a certain degree. I don’t know a lot of details, so I don’t want to talk too specific.”

Sources close to the investigation say the three players were involved in an incident involving vandalizing cars with BB guns. The investigation is still open.

“There was some kind of noise about something that may have happened, but it was very, very cloudy on details,” Boynton said. “I never want to make a rush to judgment. I want to make sure I have as much information as I can before I make a decision, and that would have been last week. Then more information came about this when we got back late Saturday night, and then as we move forward from there, then more information came last night.”

Weathers, a sophomore transfer from Miami (Ohio), was charged with a misdemeanor before the season after an incident where he stole a woman's credit card at a Stillwater bar.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound native of Roeland Park, Kansas, played in nearly every game aside from the season opener at Charlotte. He averaged 9.2 points and 2.1 assists in about 20 minutes per game.

Calloo, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound freshman from Windsor, Ontario, averaged 2.5 points and 1.6 rebounds in about 10 minutes per game, earning more playing time as of late.

Jones, a 6-foot-10, 270-pound freshman from Macon, Georgia, arrived in Stillwater over the summer out of shape and overweight. He only played in eight games, returning in the West Virginia game last Saturday after being suspended for nearly a month, only to be suspended for Monday’s home game against Baylor.

“These days aren’t fun,” Boynton said. “I care a great deal about these young men, and I want to see them all have success. We try to push them and we talk about things that are relative to life and give them a chance. They don’t always necessarily make great decisions, and when they don’t, there are consequences for that.”

Boynton addressed his meetings with each player.

“I’m not that emotional,” Boynton said. “They weren’t emotional. They were pretty matter of fact. I expressed my disappointment and frustration with whatever their involvement is in the situation and the time has come for us to part ways.

“I think they’re hurt. I think they’re upset. But again, I don’t want to speak for them. They’re all kids and I recruited all of them. I care about them and I still do.”

While Jones and Weathers had been suspended earlier this year, this was the first public news of any trouble for Calloo. Boynton was asked about this Wednesday afternoon, and he said not every discipline is made public.

“I don’t keep count,” Boynton said. “It’s kind of like with my own son, if he does something wrong. Now, if he does the same thing, we’ve got a problem. Each situation that comes up is in and of itself another situation we have to deal with. It’s not always public what goes on. There has been discipline before for these guys. Now, it’s the time to make this decision now for our program.”

The Cowboys have just nine players on the roster now: Curtis Jones, Thomas Dziagwa, Duncan Demuth, Cameron McGriff, Isaac Likekele, Yor Anei, Lindy Waters, Luke Major and Trey Reeves.

OSU has had several departures recently with graduate transfer Mike Cunningham parting ways with the program last week after being suspended in December for violating team rules, as well as Brandon Averette and Lucas N'Guessan leaving during the offseason. 

Boynton also dismissed Zack Dawson and Davon Dillard in the middle of last season for a violation of team rules.

The second-year OSU coach was asked if he was worried about fan perception with the amount of turnover during his tenure.

“I’m very sensitive about how our fans feel about our program, there is no question this is their program,” Boynton said. “They deserve to see a product that they feel good about. They also deserve to have young men out there in uniform that they know are about their right things. That’s what’s most important to me right now.”

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