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Oklahoma football: Frank Shannon's attorney unleashes scathing criticism of OU officials, football coaches

by Jason Kersey Published: August 29, 2014

The past couple weeks, Shannon’s practice time has been severely limited, Timmons said, and when OU released its first depth chart Monday, Shannon wasn’t on it.

"That situation is still unresolved and therefore I've got to proceed with players I know are going to be available to me through the rest of the year," Stoops said Monday. "At this point, the depth chart is what it is."

Timmons said OU “failed” Shannon and is “making him a scapegoat” in its attempt to overzealously enforce the federal government’s Title IX sexual misconduct mandate.

She alleged that many universities — OU included — are “going so far overboard because they’re worried about the fact that the Title IX office is gonna come down and investigate and make a determination they haven't gone as far as they're supposed to, and they'll lose funding.”

Timmons added that the alleged victim in this case was upset because Shannon “refused to have intercourse” with her.

Soon after Shannon contacted Timmons' office earlier this year, she had a former law enforcement officer administer a polygraph test, which she said Shannon passed “with one of the highest scores that law enforcement officer had ever seen.”

Timmons said she discussed with Shannon his transfer options, but that he quickly shot her down, saying he wanted to fight to restore his reputation.

“He said, 'I'm not gonna run. I'm not gonna be branded a rapist. I'm gonna stay and fight,'” Timmons recalled. “And so he's doing that at great personal and emotional expense.”

Asked if she’s worried that his relationships at OU have been damaged beyond repair — regardless of this case’s outcome in court — Timmons responded, “Well, let me just say this, if he had a relationship with the folks that are putting him through this process that was worth a flip, then we wouldn't be sitting here. We can't worry about his relationship with them now.”

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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