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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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Shannon was accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment in January. Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn declined to prosecute the case in criminal court, but under federal law, the university is required to conduct its own independent Title IX investigation with a different burden of proof.

OU's process for investigation allegations of sexual misconduct involves a Title IX inquiry, followed by a hearing panel composed of faculty and staff and a final appeal to the chief student affairs offers.

The university found Shannon guilty of violating the school's sexual misconduct policy through all three of those steps and issued the one-year suspension June 18.

Cleveland County District Judge Tracy Schumacher issued a temporary emergency order June 25 continuing the proceeding until June 30, and then issued a summary order continuing the stay, allowing Shannon to continue his enrollment and participation in football workouts.

As a sophomore, Shannon was the Sooners' leading tackler last season with 92, including seven in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama.

He was expected to be one of nine returning starters on the defensive side for the Sooners.

After taking first-team reps early in camp, Shannon's role has slipped the last few weeks.

Instead, sophomore Jordan Evans topped the depth chart Monday at Shannon's normal inside linebacker spot, backed up by walk-on Caleb Gastelum.

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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