OKLAHOMA CITY — Sooner fans, you can have your memories back.
An NCAA appeals committee has partially overturned the punishment of the infractions committee, giving OU back its wins from the 2005 season that had been vacated.
OU won eight games in 2005, including the Holiday Bowl.
Said OU coach Bob Stoops: "This decision is a great thing for those individuals involved with our 2005 team. Most of the players on our current roster were not on that team, but I know those victories mean a lot to the players and coaches who were here at that time."
"While we are pleased with the findings by the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee, we are most pleased for the 100 student athletes and coaches who played by the rules and worked their hearts out for a successful 2005 season," OU president David Boren said.
The appeals committee said OU should not have been found guilty of separate violations for failing to detect that football players were working at a Norman car dealership and failing to monitor those students' employment.
The appeals panel partially upheld a "failure to monitor" violation imposed against Oklahoma, saying that the university didn't use established institutional procedures that would have revealed the employment of 12 players at the dealership in summer 2005.
The NCAA infractions committee had ruled that OU failed to collect earnings statements in a timely manner that would have revealed the players' employment.
"We fully appreciate and respect the process required in these matters," OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said. "We are pleased that the NCAA recognized the University's approach in taking immediate and significant action upon our discovery of the violations and of the work and cooperation of the University of Oklahoma in the ultimate detection of the violations. We appreciate the processes established by the NCAA and our obligations as a member institution."