Turns out the Oklahoma football team has a quality punter after all. Bob Stoops punted Rhett Bomar and J.D. Quinn off the team Wednesday.
And if state law permits, Stoops no doubt would like to punt a conniving, jock-sniffing OU booster across state lines as well. Quarterback and the offensive line - two positions where the Sooners could ill-afford to take a hit - just got blind-sided. Bomar and Quinn got precisely what they deserved. So don’t blame Stoops, don’t blame athletic director Joe Castiglione and don’t blame school president David Boren. Instead, you should thank them. If you want to blame somebody for the Sooners’ latest tango with trouble, blame Bomar, Quinn and a bumpkin booster. And to a certain extent, blame Kelvin Sampson. Sooner athletics remain squarely in the crosshairs of the NCAA following its recent investigation into the men’s basketball program. Wounds remain fresh for OU’s compliance department. The NCAA sniffed out Sampson’s oversized phone bills and didn’t like what it smelled. The Sampson case officially is closed, but the stench still lingers. Sampson revived the school’s renegade reputation when he and his staff combined to make 577 impermissible phone calls in a four-year span. And because sports fans love to hold grudges, that unmistakable aroma of nationwide discontent toward the Sooners is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The NCAA major infraction rap sheet has six cases against OU - Jan. 11, 1956; Jan. 11, 1960; Sept. 20, 1973; Nov. 11, 1980; Dec. 19, 1988; and May 25, 2006. In an effort to prevent a seventh entry, Bomar and Quinn wisely got booted. In the Sampson case, OU acted swiftly with self-imposed sanctions. As a result, the school managed to escape the NCAA’s dreaded “lack of institutional control” tag, which is the insult of all insults. What Castiglione and Co. did in the Sampson case was a pre-emptive strike (men’s and women’s gymnastics also were implicated). What Castiglione and Co. did Wednesday with Bomar and Quinn was preventative maintenance.
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