If there is a problem, get rid of it. Be it player, coach or booster. And that’s precisely what OU did. Had the Sampson investigation not occurred, would Bomar and Quinn still have been kicked off the football team? Presumably yes. But since the Sampson investigation did occur, the answer unequivocally became yes. There is no wiggle room these days in the OU compliance office, which incidentally received high praise from NCAA officials for its internal handling of the Sampson affair. Until Sampson’s stumble, the school had gone 18 years without a major violation. Now thanks to Bomar and Quinn, the NCAA no doubt will soon pay a visit, if it hasn’t already. Don’t hold your breath for Bomar’s return. He’s gone. Permanently. As he should be. Ditto for Quinn. The mere thought of possibly reinstating either player would turn up the stink meter full-blast. With his partying, drinking and ill-gotten gains, Bomar is beginning to resemble Pigpen from Peanuts. A dirty cloud surrounds him. Bomar won’t be welcome at any NCAA institution - unless it’s an incredibly stupid one. Therefore, NAIA ball awaits Bomar and Quinn. In ruining their own reputations, Bomar and Quinn have sabotaged everyone else associated with OU. Those who remain true to the Sooners will now bear the brunt of jokes, snickers and innuendo. Sadly, this has been going on for 50 years. Despite Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer having an NCAA rap sheet, OU fans’ reverence remained unwavering. The same no doubt will hold true for Stoops. The final stop on the annual Sooner Caravan will be held at 6:30 tonight in the National Cowboy and Western History Museum. The standing ovation Stoops was going to receive anyway will last a little bit longer and sound a little bit louder. Stoops has earned that standing O. It was a helluva punt. John Rohde: 475-3314, firstname.lastname@example.org; John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on WWLS-FM 104.9 and WWLS-AM 640, and on KYAL-AM 1550 in Tulsa.
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