Tennessee transfers status still uncertain

Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops talks about situation surrounding possible incoming Tennessee transfer Lynn McGruder

Today OU Head Football Coach Bob Stoops rleased this statement regarding the status of former Tennessee defensive tackle Lynn McGrudger and the University of Oklahoma.

NORMAN, Okla. - Lynn McGruder, who began his college football career at Tennessee, is enrolled at Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma athletic officials said today. According to head football coach Bob Stoops, McGruder has yet to join the football program.

Stoops said that McGruder is not practicing or participating in any football team activities and will not be until a past off-the-field incident is resolved.

"OU expects its student-athletes to represent the best values of the university both on and off the field," Stoops said. "We have set very high standards of excellence, and we are not going to compromise them in any way. Our process of evaluating of Lynn McGruder has included intensive conversations with him and members of his family and those who worked with him in previous athletic programs."

"While we have not yet made a final decision about whether or not he will ultimately be allowed to participate in our football program," Stoops continued, "we believe in looking at the whole character and background of a person in deciding whether or not he deserves a second chance. We recognize that it is only human to make an isolated mistake and the important thing is whether or not we learn from that mistake. If we end up deciding that he will join our football program, we will hold him very strictly to the highest standards of behavior. Not a single deviation from that standard will be tolerated."

McGruder, a 6-3, 285-pound defensive tackle from Las Vegas, Nev., had six tackles and one sack as a freshman in 2000.

Under NCAA residency rules, he would not be eligible to compete until the 2002 season.

OU, ranked No. 3 nationally, plays at Air Force, Saturday.

Note: McGruder is one of seven children in the family. All six of his brothers and sister have either graduated from college or still in college. In checking with members surrounding or covering the Tennessee football program they all to a person said that they were totally surprised that McGruder ran into trouble. They all felt he was a model citizen and that was also stated by Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer.

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