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Coach stands up for OU signee Jarboe

By Jake Trotter Published: May 18, 2008
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/> But Jarboe decided he wanted to get far away from home and chose Oklahoma as the perfect place for a new start.

Many believed he even had a chance to play immediately for the Sooners.

Now, all of that appears to be in jeopardy because of what happened on March 6.

According to the police report, Jarboe was riding with James Davis when they pulled into the Cedar Grove parking lot about 3:30 p.m. in a Geo Storm, which was registered under one of Davis' relatives.

Jarboe, who was only taking two classes, was coming back to school for a track meet.

But he never made it.

According to the report, Cedar Grove assistant principal Karl Moton claims he saw Davis and Jarboe go to the back of the car.

That's when police say Jarboe grabbed a handgun, which had been reported stolen, and tucked it into the waistband of his pants.

At the moment, Jarboe has been expelled from school with charges still pending and no court date set.

For that reason, there's still the possibility that charges could be dropped or that the case will be pleaded down to a lesser charge.

Bonner and Avery are among many hoping what investigators will find is that Jarboe's only crime was hanging around the wrong people.

"It happens so frequently in schools today that you don't have to be the person doing anything,” Bonner said. "You can be around a person with a gun and it's like you have it.”

Said Avery, "Josh learned a valuable lesson. Be careful who you hang around.”

Sooner coach Bob Stoops has declined to comment on the case.

But according to the OU Board of Regents policy, no student-athlete charged with a crime can participate on a Sooner athletic team while the charges are still pending.

Still, Jarboe is finishing up the last two classes he needs for his high school degree online with hopes that he'll somehow make it to Norman.

"He feels like he let his family down, his teammates down,” Bonner said. "But he refuses to let any of this get the best of him. He's working on his classes and going to the gym. I know he's learned from this.

"I just pray and hope it's done the right way. That they don't destroy a person just to destroy a person. Because Josh really is a great kid.”



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