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Losing Jamell Fleming stings, but there is reason for hope

Jamell Fleming will miss spring football, but Owasso native Aaron Colvin is a rising star and could make Fleming's loss sting a little less.
By Jake Trotter Modified: February 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm •  Published: February 27, 2011

Oklahoma could be without its All-Big 12 cornerback next season.

And academic misconduct committed during the fall semester is the reason, according to an OU administrator, who says Jamell Fleming has been suspended for the spring and summer semesters. Bob Stoops confirmed via statement Friday that Fleming is not enrolled at OU.

According to the university handbook, a suspension of this magnitude for academic misconduct comes from “willful intent, e.g. cheating from concealed notes on a midterm or final examination, altering a major assignment for re-grading, submitting all or substantial amounts of another student's work as one's own, or intentionally plagiarizing substantial portions of a term paper from online sources.”

Fleming, the source believes, could still return to the program for the fall semester. But he would need to take classes elsewhere between now and then to be eligible. But that's also assuming OU allows him back.

This isn't the first time Fleming has missed a spring semester. Two years ago, he had to leave OU — and missed spring practice — for academic reasons, but took classes at a junior college and was reinstated before the season.

This latest scenario, however, is far more serious, and Fleming has a long road ahead before he gets back on the field for the Sooners next season.

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