Oklahoma State has already self-reported violations associated with its football program to the NCAA, but Cowboys officials still want to speak with a man who refuses to cooperate with its investigation, FoxSports.com reported Thursday.
Gannon Mendez, 40, is the person of interest, because Oklahoma State wants to find out whether he provided impermissible benefits to Cowboys football players, including star wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
Oklahoma State compliance officials started their investigation in late summer and discovered that Mendez bought a $5 drink at a bar for a player, FoxSorts.com reported.
The university self-reported the secondary violation to the NCAA, and the school later discovered that two players had sold Xbox 360 with Kinect video game systems ??? gifts from the Alamo Bowl last year ??? to athletic department employees who did not know those action violated NCAA rules. That activity was also self-reported.
Earlier this season, Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy told his players to stop any relationship with Mendez.
According to sources, Mendez sold autographs signed by Oklahoma State players and shared the profits with the players, FoxSports.com reported. He also bragged that he sold guest passes for Oklahoma State football games belonging to Cowboys players and split the money with them.
Sources said he also provided Oklahoma State players with food and drinks.
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