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OU Coach Bob Stoops denies ineligibility rumors

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: December 22, 2008 at 9:24 pm •  Published: December 22, 2008
NORMAN — Last week, rumors were widespread on Internet message boards that offensive tackle Phil Loadholt and free safety Lendy Holmes were academically ineligible and would miss Oklahoma's national championship football game with Florida.

Both players heard the same rumors.

And it was news to them.

“Somebody told me that the other day. I didn't know what was going on,” Loadholt said. “But I just graduated with my bachelor's in multi-disciplinary studies Saturday.”

Monday, OU coach Bob Stoops quashed any speculation that Loadholt, Holmes or any Sooner player would be ineligible for the national title game.

Last season, Holmes was declared academically ineligible before the Fiesta Bowl, which motivated him in the classroom this year.

“Last year, it wasn't so great to let the team down. I couldn't go through that again, letting the team down,” Holmes said. “I used that as motivation.

“Now, I can say I'm here for the team.”

That's why Holmes was irritated when rumors swirled that he was ineligible again.

“It ticked me off a little bit, but people don't know what's going on,” he said. “They're going to talk regardless. I pay no mind to them. I already knew the truth.”


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