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Bravo! No more Jarboe for Sooners

By John Rohde Modified: August 2, 2008 at 8:28 am •  Published: August 2, 2008

/> Dismissing Jarboe got rid of all the wondering.

Stoops doesn't truly know Jarboe, but how could he? With the continued increase of recruiting restrictions, coaches know less and less about their new players.

When he announced Jarboe was still welcome in Norman, Stoops said in a statement, "We have personal knowledge of Josh through our recruiting contact with him and from personal references from his school and individuals of authority in his life. We feel that he will be a positive contributor to our campus.

"We have already stressed to him that his citizenship is of the utmost importance. He understands that anything less than exemplary behavior will not be tolerated.”

Apparently, those who stood up for Jarboe back in Georgia don't know him very well, either.

Cedar Grove High School football coach Ray Bonner insisted Jarboe was a "good kid” who had made a "bad choice.”

"To paint that kid as an outlaw, that's not right,” Bonner told The Oklahoman back then. "He feels like he let his family down, his teammates down, but he refuses to let any of this get the best of him. I know he's learned from this.”

Cedar Grove running back Xavier Avery said of Jarboe: "He's not a gangster. He's not that type of dude. After what happened, people were saying he is a bad kid. But I know that's not true. People don't know him like I do.”

Dismissing Jarboe averts a potentially disturbing third act of the Jarboe Chronicles on the OU campus.

OU will be fine without Jarboe. There are plenty of players on campus who can run fast and catch a football. The Sooners can afford to lose Jarboe both on, and certainly off, the field.

What OU cannot afford is another incident involving a gun-toting football player.

Why take that chance?

This standing "O” is over.

Time to sit down and relax, and Stoops should feel free to do the same.

The impact of Jarboe's loss
Even though he was one of the top wide receiver recruits in the nation, Josh Jarboe probably would have had little impact on the outcome of this season.

That's because the Sooners already have starting senior wideouts Juaquin Iglesias (left) and Manuel Johnson, and senior Quentin Chaney and redshirt freshman Ryan Broyles are also vying for playing time.

But with so many receivers graduating after this season, Jarboe would have had a chance to be an impact player next year.

To replace him, freshmen Jameel Owens and Dejuan Miller need to live up to their billing.

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