The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced during an afternoon teleconference that it found the University of Oklahoma football team guilty of both charges related to the Rhett Bomar-J.D. Quinn case.
The first charge was that three student athletes, two of whom were scholarship recipients (Bomar and Quinn), received payment for work not performed at Norman’s Big Red Sports-Imports automobile dealership. The second charge was that the institution did not properly monitor the student-athletes’ work.
OU did not dispute charges related to the players receiving more than $17,000 in payment for work not performed. However, OU officials disputed a charge that the institution failed to monitor the athletes.
Chair Paul Dee said the seven-person committee decided that OU officials could have proactively reviewed the pay records of all 12 athletes who worked at the dealership but did not find a lack of institutional control, a more serious charge that would have resulted in stiffer penalties.
Dee also announced the NCAA will vacate OU wins in which the players competed during the 2005 season. Instead of forfeiting the games, which would have meant OU’s record would become 0-12, vacating the team’s wins means the Sooners’ official record will be 0-4. Records of teams who played Oklahoma during the season will not be affected.
Additionally, money from the Sooners’ come-from-behind Holiday Bowl victory will not be affected.
The committee did commend OU officials ” President David L. Boren, Athletic Director Joe Castiglione and football coach Bob Stoops ” for removing Bomar and Quinn from the team in August 2006.
Because the team voluntarily removed the two scholarship players and ended up using 83 scholarships instead of 85 during the 2006 season, the committee accepted that self-imposed penalty and tacked on an additional two years to it, which will be enacted in the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
According to OU Senior Associate Athletics Director of Communications Kenny Mossman, the school would have 15 days to appeal the decision if it chose to do so.
Dee also said the committee has not considered Bomar’s eligibility for the 2007 season. Bomar is currently a student at Sam Houston State University in Texas. – Stefanie Brickman