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Oklahoma football: Frank Shannon remains enrolled at OU and a member of the team

by Jason Kersey Published: July 16, 2014

Shannon, a 21-year-old junior, has started 15 games over the past two seasons and was the Sooners’ leading tackler last year.

He didn’t participate in Oklahoma’s spring game in April and missed some practices. After the spring game, OU coach Bob Stoops said Shannon was dealing with “personal issues.”

Even when a final decision on Shannon is made, OU won’t be required to release those records, although they might still be able to release them under federal law.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act was amended by Congress in 1998 to exclude certain disciplinary outcomes. Federal law allows schools to publicly disclose the final results of disciplinary proceedings involving violent crime, but only if the student is found to be culpable.

OU is also allowed — not required — to release those results to the alleged victim, regardless of the outcome.

Aletia Timmons, Shannon’s attorney, declined to comment when asked Wednesday about the outcome of his disciplinary hearing.

“Suffice it to say he’s still at school and he’s still participating in sports activities,” Timmons said.

Asked if he would play football this fall, Timmons responded: “I have no comment on that either. Those matters are confidential, and I’ve not been given the authority to disclose those to you and I won’t.”

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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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