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Revisiting Lynn Katoa

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm •  Published: May 29, 2009

Going back to the 2007 recruiting season, there was no player the Sooner coaching wanted more for its defense than Utah linebacker Lynn Katoa.
Katoa was a big-time hitter, and seemed to be a perfect fit in Brent Venables’ system.
Instead, Katoa signed with Colorado in a huge recruiting coup for Dan Hawkins.
Two years later, we learned that OU dodged a bullet.
Hawkins, according to this report, admitted that Katoa is no longer with the team, ending his short-lived, tumultuous tenure at CU.
Katoa started heading the wrong direction when he enrolled early in the spring of 2008. He was arrested during a melee for hitting another man with a rock in his hand. He eventually plead guilty to assault. Then, last fall, Katoa became academically ineligible and never stepped on the field. According to several reports, Katoa probably wouldn’t have been eligible this upcoming fall, either, which raises the question of, with that kind of academic record, where he can really transfer?
OU obviously ended up better off without Katoa, who probably would’ve been the same headache in Norman that he was in Boulder.

By Jake Trotter

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