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Posted on 08/02/2006 11:22:57 AM PDT by OKSooner
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma starting quarterback Rhett Bomar will not play for the Sooners this season following an investigation by the team, according to a television report.
Oklahoma confirmed that two players had been dismissed by the team but did not identify them. The school said in a statement that the players violated NCAA rules by working at a private business and taking ``payment over an extended period of time in excess of time actually worked.''
Oklahoma City television station KWTV reported that Bomar, who set an Oklahoma freshman record with 2,018 passing yards after taking over as the Sooners' starter in the second game last season, was one of the two players who had been permanently dismissed.
``We spend a considerable amount of time addressing our players regarding their personal conduct and the NCAA rules,'' head coach Bob Stoops said in a statement. ``They know exactly what we expect from them. Ultimately, they have to make right decisions. The same holds true for our boosters. When they do not, the consequences are serious, and we will not tolerate this behavior.
``Our team and university actions are necessary because of the intentional participation and knowledge of the student athletes in these violations,'' Stoops said.
A top-rated recruit out of high school, Bomar redshirted his first season while 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White completed his career. Bomar lost a quarterback competition to Paul Thompson last fall, but was named the starter after the Sooners lost to TCU in the first week.
He started Oklahoma's final 11 games and completed 54 percent of his passes, while throwing 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Oklahoma finished 2005 by winning six of its final seven games, including a victory against Oregon in the Holiday Bowl.
``I firmly believe that our program is stronger than any individual player and that a championship program cannot compromise its values,'' Stoops said in the statement.
It is possible this may be the first time in his life he has been forced to deal with the consequences of his actions. If that is true, and I have no way of knowing, I suspect he'll find many people to blame this on, other than himself. In an ironic way, there may actually be some truth in it, if he wasn't taught right from wrong. Moral equivelancy is a terrile mind-rott.
Ultimately he is now old enough to know better on his own. What a waste of an opportunity.
Oh well, let's hope it unites the team. Then again, maybe there are other things going on that deserve our attention.
A program with a long and storied tradition of leading the nation in....PROBATIONS!
I think this article just cured my insomnia...
Things are getting really ugly on WWLS, the Sports Animal.
A caller just took James Hale to task, wondering why no one at the station had a clue this was coming since they do a remote from Big Red Sports & Imports every Tuesday.
Hale stammered, studdered and eventually went indignant.
Entertaining if you're not a Sooner fan, painful if you are.
Glad you could reply back to it before you dozed off.
Good ol' college jocks. They used to just give them Camaros.
Is that the business involved?
THe second player is Offensive Lineman J.D. Quinn, who was projected to start at G this year.
If you put that up in Miami, the 'canes would probably urinate on it.
Wait a second, this OK, didn't Barry Switzer coach there?
Sadly, Oklahoma could field a peewee football team and still beat my Washington Huskies this year.
Yes, it's Big Red S&I. (And, IIRC, that was the dealership that let Adrian Peterson drive the Lexus for several days...I need to check that out for sure.)
WWLS is reporting that Bomar declared $18K in income on last year's return (for 5hrs/wk). James Hale nearly had a stroke..."That's more than I make here!!!"
No VY and no RT for you sips either. Texas A&M will win the Big 12 South. Count on it.
And, yes, it was Big Red that did the "sale/return" deal with Adrian Peterson, which was cleared by the NCAA >>>
"Hook em Hawks." (Hayden Fry, in Iowa City)