Christmas comes in July for Sooners, juco CB

NCAA rules in favor of junior college cornerback Chijioke Onyenegecha's appeal for immediate eligibility. But the juco star still has some obstacles to overcome before he arrives in Norman. See inside for the rest of the story.

NORMAN, Okla. — All-American Junior College cornerback Chijioke Onyenegecha has won his appeal with the NCAA and is free to transfer to the University of Oklahoma and play this season.

Onyenegecha still has to finish up summer school to graduate, and he has a pulled hamstring that he is nursing back to health.

So, the best case scenario for Onyenegecha would be for him to graduate from San Francisco Junior College this summer and then arrive in Norman about the time that double sessions start. If his hamstring is ready then he would be ready to practice with the Sooners at that time. If his hamstring is still bothering him he would start getting treatment from the outstanding Sooner medical staff, and then would start practicing as soon as he was totally healthy.

The good thing for Onyenegecha is even if he missed most of double sessions, he has played a lot of cornerback during his football career in a similar scheme to what Oklahoma plays and cornerback is the easiest position to play at OU from a technical standpoint. On the other hand, it is also the most difficult because of the physical demands of the position.

If for some reasons he doesn't get all of his credits this summer and doesn't graduate, he would then stay another semester in at SFCC and then enroll at OU in January and still have two years of eligibility yet.

I think I have covered every scenario, but the the good news today is that he has won his appeal and he can play this upcoming season if he takes care of his junior college academic situation.

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