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CBB Coaching Carousel: Oklahoma State Parts Ways with Mike Boynton



Oklahoma State
Denny Medley

In the latest update in the college basketball coaching carousel, Oklahoma State parted ways with head coach Mike Boynton on Thursday morning, as first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. Boynton coached seven years at OSU, making the NCAA Tournament once in 2021.

Oklahoma State now joins West Virginia out of the Big 12 teams looking for a new head coach.

The Cowboys were eliminated in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament on Tuesday, falling to UCF. Boynton coached the Pokes to a 12-20 record in his seventh and final season at Oklahoma State. Boynton was hired back in 2017 to take over a program that would eventually suffer from recruiting violations, that led to a postseason ban in 2022. The violations occurred before Boynton’s tenure.

In 2021, Boynton coached the Cowboys to a 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament behind eventual No. 1 NBA draft pick Cade Cunningham. OSU also had notable players such as Avery Anderson, Kaleb Boone, Isaac Likekele and others on that team. Oklahoma State advanced to the second round before being eliminated by Oregon State, who went to the Elite-8.

After gaining momentum from the NCAA Tournament appearance, the program dealt with the postseason ban in 2022, and then Boynton could never gain any more momentum for the rest of his tenure in Stillwater.

WV Sports Now created a list of Power-5 jobs that are opened and could compete with WVU for other coaches. This list will be updated throughout the offseason.

**note: this list incorporates the 2024 conference realignment   

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