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Father says Bomar looking at new schools

By George Schroeder Published: August 10, 2006
CALLISBURG, Texas - Rhett Bomar’s father said Wednesday his son is sorry for his actions and understands the impact on his future - and perhaps, on Oklahoma’s fortunes.

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“The blame is on him,” Jerry Bomar told The Oklahoman. “Rhett knows it, I know it, his family knows it. We’re not making excuses. He got caught up in a situation, but he shouldn’t have done it.

“We just want to move on.”

But moving on isn’t an easy proposition.

Jerry Bomar said his son hopes to be enrolled in a new school within two weeks. Although Rhett Bomar visited the University of Houston on Tuesday, Jerry Bomar said his son has not made a decision.

Regardless of the destination, it’s uncertain when Rhett Bomar might be able to play again.

He is currently ineligible at any NCAA school because of the rules violations, which occurred last fall when he and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn were overpaid between $2,500 and $6,000, according to a university source, by Big Red Sports/Imports. The players were declared ineligible by OU and dismissed from the team last week.

Jerry Bomar said the family understood and accepted the punishment.

“There’s no ill will toward Oklahoma,” Jerry Bomar said. “We feel terrible because (Rhett) jeopardized their hopes for this season. And we don’t want the university to go on probation, because they’re on the up-and-up. They’re above-board.

“They haven’t done anything wrong.”

Rhett Bomar could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

Standing on a hot patch of asphalt adjacent to the football stadium at Callisburg High School, where he is head coach, Jerry Bomar insisted his son “is not a bad kid.” He said plenty of college coaches have inquired into Rhett Bomar’s plans.

North Texas and TCU have shown interest among others. Rhett Bomar has also considered NCAA Division I-AA schools, including Sam Houston State, and Texas A&M-Commerce, a Division II school.

“There’s a lot of people out there who want him,” Jerry Bomar said. “This kid could go a lot of places.”

But there’s a big hitch.

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