2 OSU basketball players dismissed from program for failing to meet team standards

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STILLWATER, Okla. - Two Oklahoma State University basketball players have been dismissed from the program for failing to meet team standards.

OSU basketball coach Mike Boynton released a statement Thursday saying junior Davon Dillard and freshman Zach Dawson are no longer members of the Cowboy basketball team.

"Being a part of Cowboy basketball has always and will always be an honor and a  privilege," Boynton said in a release. "With the privilege comes great responsibilities and standards. Davon and Zach have failed to meet those standards, and at this time, it is necessary to move in a different direction. We wish both of them all the best as they continue their academic and athletic careers."

Boynton said the decision was made Wednesday, according to the Tulsa World.

“This is probably the worst, if there’s a worst part of the job, is that these things happen,” Boynton said. “But my first and foremost responsibility is to the program. And I can’t make compromises in our core values when it comes to individual players. Neither one of those kids is a bad kid and that’s what makes it really, really hard. But they need this, and our program needs to move forward at this point. Certainly not an easy decision, but it’s one that’s necessary.”

According to the Stillwater News Press, the two were also suspended earlier in November for "failure to meet team standards," but were later reinstated.

Oklahoma State is traveling to Sunrise, Florida, to take on No. 19/19 Florida State in the Orange Bowl Classic opener.

Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday on Fox Sports 2.