NCAA's bans on bowls, TV getting fewer

by Berry Tramel Published: July 13, 2007
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/> It's the rest of us who keep track of history who are saddled with that speed hump.

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Here are some fresh-off-the-press rankings for you.

1. Arizona State and SMU (tie).

3. Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Wichita State and Auburn (tie).

That's the list of the NCAA leaders in major-infraction cases since 1953, when the NCAA's enforcement system was instituted.

Arizona State and SMU, eight each. OU and the others, seven each.

OU was popped in 1956, 1960, 1973, 1980, 1988, 2006 and 2007.

That's a list where you want to be low, not high. That's a shameful list.

It's time we heard less "we did all we could” from OU and more "this is embarrassing and we're not going to stand for this.”

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OU's basketball probation, which came down in 2006, did Sooner football no favors.

A school with a similar case to the Sooners was Arkansas, which in 2003 was found guilty of a failure to monitor arising out of impermissible employment of "numerous” football and men's basketball players.

But the Razorbacks also were found guilty of violations pertaining to extra benefits, recruiting, financial aid, employment and supplemental provision.

That's a loaded docket compared to the handouts to Bomar, J.D. Quinn and a walk-on.

Yet Arkansas' penalty was similar to OU's. The Razorbacks got a public reprimand and censure; probation; loss of two football scholarships for the 2005 season; and limited to 50 the number of paid visits for recruits.

So Arkansas got one fewer year of scholarship reductions but was limited for a year in paid visits. About even, I'd say.

Why did the Sooners get what the Razorbacks got, for fewer crimes?

Basketball. Arkansas hadn't been in front of the infractions committee since 1997. OU had seen the same folks the previous spring.

One last parting gift from Kelvin Sampson.


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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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