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Oklahoma football: Frank Shannon's lawyer says school 'failed' player, suspension fight will continue

Saying the University of Oklahoma “failed” Frank Shannon, Shannon's attorney said Friday that the linebacker would continue his fight against a one-year suspension.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 29, 2014

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                   Frank Shannon
Frank Shannon

Saying the University of Oklahoma “failed” Frank Shannon, Shannon's attorney said Friday that the linebacker would continue his fight against a one-year suspension.

“(Shannon) has been painted in a way that is in no way how he is,” Aletia Timmons said in an afternoon press conference at her office.

Timmons said the school was making Shannon a “scapegoat” and that he would “stand on the the sideline in silent protest” in Saturday's game.

Shannon, Oklahoma's leading tackler last season, was not listed on the depth chart released Monday, and Sooners coach Bob Stoops indicated Shannon would not play.

“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 some universities were “going overboard” in Title IX sexual assault investigative mandates.

When Timmons spoke with Shannon early on, the topic of Shannon transferring came up.

“I'm not running,” Shannon told her. “I'm not going to be branded as a rapist.”

Shannon was not present at Timmons' press conference.

OU suspended Shannon on June 18 after a Title IX investigation into an alleged sexual assault. Six days later, Shannon went to Cleveland County District Court and received a stay, allowing him to remain enrolled as a student and continue working out with the team.

The university petitioned the Oklahoma Supreme Court earlier this month to remove the stay, calling the district court's action “an unconstitutional invasion of the University's powers” to self-govern. They also argued Shannon should be able to contest his suspension in court because he wasn't expelled. Oklahoma's Administrative Procedures Act excludes OU and all public universities from its purview except in the case of expulsion.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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