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OSU Names Mike Boynton as New Head Basketball Coach

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Oklahoma State announced on Friday they have named Mike Boynton as their new head men's basketball coach.

Boynton had been an assistant coach on Brad Underwood's staff last season, and was on Underwood's staff at Stephen F. Austin for three seasons before coming to OSU.

Boynton was also an assistant coach at South Carolina from 2008-2013.

Boynton played for the Gamecocks from 2001 to 2004.

He has also been an assistant coach at Wofford,  Coastal Carolina, and Furman.

Boynton replaces Underwood, who left surprisingly last Saturday to become the new head coach at the University of Illinois.

OSU director of athletics Mike Holder said, “at the end of the day, we view coaching from the same perspective.  All of the qualities that I value resonate in him. He said one thing that really stuck with me, that coaching is about leadership and family, and I agree with that wholeheartedly. I know I’m proud to have him as the leader of our basketball program, and think once people get to know him they’ll feel the same way.”

“Oklahoma State is one of the premier basketball programs in the country,” Boynton said. “To have this opportunity given to me by coach Holder and the OSU administration is something I could have only dreamed of. I’m very thankful and grateful to the players here, to the guys that I have played and worked with throughout my life, and to the Oklahoma State family for welcoming me and my family over the last year.”

Boynton added, “one of the strengths I’ve developed over my 13 years in the business is that I’ve always been able to relate to players, and that’s been no different here. I have a fantastic relationship with our entire locker room, and I look forward to building those relationships in this new role.”

Former OSU guard Phil Forte and forward Leyton Hammonds tweeted their support for Boynton: