OUInsider.com has learned that sophomore quarterback Rhett Bomar and one other Sooner player have been dismissed from the team.
The other player is rumored to be sophomore offensive lineman J.D. Quinn, but that has not been confirmed yet or announced by the University.
The dismissals are a result of the compensation both received during a summer job, which OUInsider.com has learned was Big Red Sports & Imports, a local car dealership in Norman.
Bomar was 8-3 as a starter last season and was named the Offensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl. Quinn, who started four games at guard a year ago, was named to the Sporting News' All-Big 12 freshman team and was expected to contend for the starting right guard job in the fall.
Below is a statement released this afternoon by SoonerSports.com, including a statement from University President David Boren.
NORMAN, Okla. -- Based upon an investigation initiated by the University of Oklahoma and facts uncovered by the University, Head Coach Bob Stoops today announced that he has permanently dismissed two members of the Sooner football team.
The investigation by OU revealed that two football players received extra compensation above that to which they were entitled related to their employment at a private business. This is a direct violation of NCAA rules. The two accepted payment over an extended period of time in excess of time actually worked. OU is taking the initiative by declaring them ineligible for the entire current season and by permanently dismissing the two from the team. They will not be allowed to return to the OU team at any time in the future.
"We spend a considerable amount of time addressing our players regarding their personal conduct and the NCAA rules," Stoops said. "They know exactly what we expect from them. Ultimately, they have to make right decisions. The same holds true for our boosters. When they do not, the consequences are serious, and we will not tolerate this behavior.
"Our team and University actions are necessary because of the intentional participation and knowledge of the student athletes in these violations," Stoops said. "I firmly believe that our program is stronger than any individual player and that a championship program cannot compromise its values," he said. "We are proud to represent a University with the highest possible principles," Stoops said.
"I strongly support the decision of Coach Stoops," said OU President David L. Boren. "Coach Stoops has done the right thing. His action reflects the basic values of our University," Boren said. "While this situation is deeply disappointing, the University is sending a clear and unmistakable message that OU will never compromise its high ethical standards or its integrity. We share the sadness about this situation with our fans and players who have followed the rules, but we believe in our program and in this team, which we know will carry on in the great Sooner tradition."
Athletics Director Joe Castiglione said, "I am disappointed in these student-athletes. The education process is something that we take very seriously. We talk about it frequently and include guidelines in many of our printed materials. In the end, individuals must decide right and wrong for themselves and then live with the consequences. Unfortunately, many more people who themselves play by the rules are also affected by these consequences."
Two Sooners dismissed from team
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