Shannon suspension upheld

OU is going to be able to enforce its suspension of Shannon now.

The University of Oklahoma is going to be able to enforce its one-year suspension of junior linebacker Frank Shannon after the Oklahoma State Supreme Court took action Monday.

The court ruled Cleveland County District Judge Tracy Schumacher should not have issued a stay allowing Shannon to remain enrolled at the university and part of the football team as first reported by NewsOK.com.

Shannon was suspended for one year by OU in June following an investigation that said he had violated the school’s Title IX sexual misconduct policy.

Shannon’s attorney, Aletia Timmons, said in a press conference late last month they would like to unseal the records because they believe it would be to Shannon’s benefit. However, the Supreme Court ruled Monday those records will remain sealed.

He was the team’s leading tackler last season but has not seen a snap this season. He was allowed to play in the first two games, according to Timmons, but the coaches decided to not play him. He was suited up as a silent protest for the way he was being treated.

Shannon is not only not a part of the football team for this season, but he is no longer allowed to be enrolled at the university. Timmons said she spoke with Shannon about transferring, and Shannon said he was against it. He said he didn’t want to turn away and run and be branded something he isn’t.

A female student alleged Shannon sexually assaulted her at his off-campus apartment in late January. No criminal charges were filed, but the university, under federal law, had to have its own Title IX sexual assault investigation.

With Shannon out, Norman native Jordan Evans has started in his place. OU coach Bob Stoops said Evans played well Saturday at Tulsa and said with the more experience he gets, the better he believes Evans will get.

The Shannon saga has been one of many the Sooners have had to deal with during the offseason and early part of the year.

Before the season, it was ruled wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham would be ineligible after transferring to OU from Missouri in July.

Five-star running back Joe Mixon was suspended for one season by the university last month following an altercation with a female OU student that resulted in him being charged with one misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury.

The Sooners are still awaiting word on the status of transfer quarterback Baker Mayfield. A former walk-on at Texas Tech, Mayfield came to OU in the winter but hasn’t had any ruling regarding his eligibility to this point.


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