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NCAA asks OU to focus on athletes’ employment forms

Jeff Latzke, AP Sports Writer Published: July 18, 2009
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NORMAN — The NCAA has asked Oklahoma to enhance its compliance education program relating to the employment of athletes as part of the school’s continuing probation after rules violations by former quarterback Rhett Bomar.

In a letter sent to the school last month, Committee on Infractions assistant director James A. Elworth asked OU to emphasize the proper use of forms provided to athletes, their employers and coaches.

When the school ran into trouble because Bomar and two other football players were being paid for work they didn’t do at a Norman car dealership, OU was unable to detect the violations because it wasn’t making sure athletes were filling out employment forms.

The letter was released Friday after an open records request by The Associated Press.

OU must submit annual compliance reports to the NCAA as part of its probation, which is set to end in May. Elworth’s one-page letter informed the school that the NCAA had received and approved its 2009 report, but was seeking more information on the monitoring of athletes’ employment in next year’s report.

By failing to collect the forms — claiming that athletes didn’t fill them out — OU was unable to detect that Bomar was paid more than $7,400 in extra benefits and offensive lineman J.