Below is the statement released by Oklahoma's Sports Information Department Thursday afternoon regarding senior defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek.
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced today that he has reinstated defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek to the Sooner football team. Dvoracek was dismissed from the squad last September for violating team rules.
"When Dusty was removed from the team he looked for ways to overcome the difficulties he was having," said OU head coach Bob Stoops. "A number of outstanding people worked with him for several months and continue to so now. I am satisfied, as are they, that he has earned another opportunity with our program. He paid a penalty in missing most of last season and has impressed me with the way he approached and is approaching his self-improvement.
"Dusty understands the expectations we have for him and the kind of scrutiny he will face in making this return. We'll do everything we can to make this a good situation for him, but the choices he makes in personal conduct will ultimately dictate how successful he can be. I believe he is a young man with tremendous potential, both athletically and academically, and I am confident that extending this opportunity for him to finish his career in a positive way is the right thing to do."
Dvoracek, a senior from Lake Dallas, Texas, said he plans to make the most of this opportunity.
"I squandered an opportunity to be on a great football team last fall and embarrassed a number of people, including myself," Dvoracek said. "It was a hard lesson to learn, but I learned it. The people at OU held me to a high standard before I was considered for a return and I recognize that nobody was required to do this for me. I want to show them that their trust in me is deserved. The only way I can do that is to come back and be the kind of citizen, student and football player that they expect me to be. No amount of talk will do that. It will only be apparent in my actions."
**Dvoracek will return in 2005**
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