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Oklahoma State basketball assistant John Cooper leaves for SMU

Cooper joins former Cowboys center Yor Anei in Dallas.

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Mike Boynton has one less assistant on his staff after John Cooper was named an assistant at SMU on Friday.

“I am really excited to join the SMU family,” Cooper said in a release. “I am looking forward to contributing to the achievements of this program, and helping the staff and student-athletes continue to be successful.”

Cooper spent this past season as the special assistant to Boynton after being an assistant coach the previous two campaigns. Prior to coming to Stillwater, he was the head coach at Miami (Ohio) for five years and three years at Tennessee State. He also had assistant coaching stops at Fayettville State (1993-95), South Carolina (1995-2001), Oregon (2002-04) and Auburn (2004-09).

Cooper is the second person from the OSU program to head to SMU this offseason after center Yor Anei transferred there following the NCAA’s one-year postseason ban against the Cowboys.

Boynton now has three assistants with Scott Sutton, Erik Pastrana and Cannen Cunningham.