Report: Oklahoma dismisses strength coach after extra benefits violation
The violation allegedly came during the team's trip to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament over Thanksgiving weekend. Per the report, a booster provided cash to a staff member who was traveling with the team. That staff member was then supposed to pass the money along to players.
A statement from Oklahoma said that any eligibility matters stemming from the violation have been resolved. The statement did not name Szendrei or indicate if any players actually received money.
“Our monitoring system worked as designed and our compliance staff became aware of a violation,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in the statement. “The resulting investigation confirmed the information we received. We are committed to a culture of compliance. Unfortunately, a breach occurred and we have taken the corrective action we believe to be appropriate.”
Oklahoma recently ended in November a three-year probation after impermissible benefits violations under former coach Jeff Capel.
Szendrei had been the men's basketball strength and conditioning coach since June 2009. He also served as the women's program's strength coach for the past three seasons.
Szendrei played at Oklahoma from 2001-03 under former coach Kelvin Sampson.
- Mike Fiammetta