NCAA clears the way for Dvoracek to return in 2005

The NCAA granted a waiver on Tuesday that will allow senior defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek to come back next year for an extra year of college football. Dvoracek was kicked off the team in September for breaking team rules. (Getty Images/Ronald Martinez)

The NCAA granted a waiver on Tuesday that will allow Sooner defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek to come back for an extra year in 2005.

The NCAA approved the waiver today, and now it is in the hands of the University of Oklahoma to approve the waiver and allow Dvoracek back on the team. However, OU Head Coach Bob Stoops says that he will not make a decision until after the Orange Bowl.

"We will not visit this situation until we're back in school for the second semester," Stoops said in a statement released by the University Tuesday afternoon.

The senior from Dallas was kicked off the team before the Sooners' third game of the season against Oregon in September after being involved in a incident that sent one of his fomer high school teammates to the hospital.

Dvoracek's mistakes cost him this season, a season where the Sooners are going to play for the Natonal Championship. During that time he has been in rehab and council with former Sooner Jim Riley to curb his drinking and temper. The rehab has gone very well, according to Riley.

However, all indications are that Stoops will allow Dvoracek back on the team. Stoops has said publicly several times that if Dvoracek successfully completed all his rehab work and takes care of his business of being a good citizen and a good student, that he believes that he should be back on the team. Stoops has always commented on Dvoracek's track record as a student and as a football player.


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