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.”