NORMAN — An external audit of Oklahoma’s athletic department found no major issues with the school’s policies on practices as it tries to move out of an NCAA-imposed probation for major violations by the football and men’s basketball programs.
However, the audit did not extend to the Sooners’ football team. According to the documents, Oklahoma’s compliance department planned new procedures to monitor the football program’s activities starting this spring. Oklahoma contracted with a law firm to audit the athletic department over a five-year span as the school seeks ways to improve its rules compliance after two black marks in the past five years. Details of the audit were released to The Associated Press on Thursday following an open records request. The audit performed by Bond, Schoeneck and King found that Oklahoma’s systems for monitoring compliance are "functioning well” and "designed to both detect and prevent violations” of the NCAA’s rules limiting practice time. The Sooners have not been accused of exceeding those limits — the type of allegations the NCAA leveled against Michigan’s football team earlier this year. Oklahoma has been overhauling its compliance department following major rules violations in the school’s two biggest sports.