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Oklahoma athletics: Why more than half of Headington Hall's residents are non-athletes

NCAA rules prohibit any campus housing facilities being designated exclusively for athletics, so 51 percent of the residents must be non-athletes.
by Jason Kersey Published: July 12, 2014
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Last August, every incoming student-athlete on scholarship lived under the same roof for the first time, athletics director Joe Castiglione said at the time.

A total of 384 OU students lived in Headington Hall during the 2013-14 school year, and 212 of them weren’t athletes.

Bryan Hinnen, Headington Hall’s director of operations, said all freshmen scholarship athletes live in the new facility, and every effort is made to get walk-ons in as well.

The only athletes who have an option to live in Headington Hall a second year are football and men’s basketball players.

NCAA rules prohibit any campus housing facilities being designated exclusively for athletics, so 51 percent of the residents must be non-athletes. Hinnen said he was surprised to find out that the rule applies to every wing and floor, so it’s not a building-wide percentage.

When students apply to live on campus, they can list Headington Hall as their top choice, but because space is limited, selections are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“I work with the coaches to place the student-athletes and then we will turn over the traditional spaces to Housing & Food Services to place the traditional students,” Hinnen said, adding that over 900 non-athletes applied to live in Headington Hall for the upcoming school year.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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