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By Jake Trotter Modified: August 2, 2008 at 8:24 am •  Published: August 2, 2008
NORMAN — Josh Jarboe won't be getting a third chance at the University of Oklahoma.

Sooner coach Bob Stoops dismissed the freshman wide receiver from the team Friday after a video of Jarboe's obscenity-laced rap about shooting people made its way around the Internet.

"We are disappointed in this outcome, but our complete review and this final decision is in the best interest of our program,” Stoops said in a statement.

Jarboe had also been arrested in the spring for bringing a stolen gun to his Georgia high school campus. He pleaded guilty on two felony gun counts that a judge reduced to misdemeanors under Georgia's First Offender's Act, allowing Jarboe to initially keep his scholarship under OU policy.

Stoops indicated to The Oklahoman on Thursday that he didn't plan to remove Jarboe from the squad because of the video. But by Friday, the head football coach had decided otherwise.

"We outlined for Josh the expectations we had for him when he arrived and, unfortunately, those expectations have not been met,” Stoops said. "Josh needs to learn from this experience. We hope he can move forward in a positive manner.”

What's in the video?
In the video, Jarboe makes several references to carrying guns and killing people with them.

Among the lyrics in his freestyle rap:

"Shoot you in the head and you might be dead with a halo. So hold on, don't beg for your life. And hold on, don't ask please.”

"Best believe I'm from Atlanta, from Atlanta, where they tote guns and tote AKs and AKs.”

"I'll shoot you're a— up like a damn pool table.”

The video was first posted on the Web site YouTube on July 23 under the username "habe35.”

Jarboe's rap and a highlight video of Sooner freshman center Ben Habern were the only two videos posted under "habe35” before the Jarboe video was taken down Tuesday and the YouTube account later closed.

Habern briefly pokes his head in the background of the video, which was filmed inside the Bud Wilkinson House, an all-male dormitory comprised largely of athletes.

Though it was posted more than a week ago, the video only began to gain attention Monday as it circulated through the Internet. By the time it had been removed from YouTube, the video had been copied onto several other Web sites.

What led Jarboe here?
Jarboe was rated as one of the top recruits in OU's 2008 signing class after totaling more than 1,200 receiving yards during his senior year at Cedar Grove High School.

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