Oklahoma junior linebacker Frank Shannon, who is battling the university in district court following a one-year suspension, didn’t work with the first-team defense in Monday’s practice, said coach Bob Stoops.
Shannon, the team’s leading tackler last season, was accused of sexually assaulting a female OU student at his off-campus apartment in January. Although the district attorney declined to press charges in criminal court, OU conducted its own independent investigation as required by Title IX.
The university process found Shannon guilty and suspended him from school and football for one year. Shannon appealed the decision to a district judge, which issued a stay allowing him to practice with the team and remain enrolled in school while the matter is reviewed. OU appealed the stay to the Oklahoma state Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments from both sides Wednesday.
Sophomore Jordan Evans, who figures to play in Shannon’s place if he isn’t available for the season opener Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech, said last week that Shannon was still taking most of the first-team reps.
THOMAS LIKELY TO BE NAMED BACKUP QB
Stoops said after Monday’s practice redshirt freshman Cody Thomas will be the primary backup to quarterback Trevor Knight “in all likelihood.”
Thomas, from Colleyville, Texas, is competing with Edmond Santa Fe product and true freshman Justice Hansen for the No. 2 job.
Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield, though, could make things interesting if he wins his appeal for immediate eligibility with the NCAA.
Mayfield was a walk-on at Texas Tech, then left and walked on at Oklahoma last spring. He put on an impressive performance in the spring game, completing all of his pass attempts.
STUDENTS INVITED TO THURSDAY PRACTICE
OU is inviting students with a current ID to attend the team portion of Thursday’s practice on Owen Field from 5 to 5:45 p.m.
The first 500 students will receive a free hot dog and drink, with all remaining hot dogs and drinks available for 50 cents.
Stoops will wear an open microphone during the open practice. When it ends, students will be invited onto the field to participate in drills and take pictures with football players.
Raffle tickets will be sold outside the west side of the stadium beginning at 4 p.m. Winners will be selected to receive official OU football gear.
THOMPSON LOSES UTAH QB BATTLE
Former Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson transferred to Utah for a shot at being a starter, but Monday, Travis Wilson was listed atop the depth chart.
Thompson was listed second, although coach Kyle Whittingham said he will still play here and there.
Wilson started 16 games through last November before suffering a concussion, the lingering effects of which kept him sidelined until the summer. He saw his first live action since the injury in Saturday’s scrimmage.
Utah opens the season against Idaho State on Aug. 28.
Thompson, the son of former OU quarterback Charles Thompson, played sparingly last season as a redshirt sophomore. He transferred after Knight’s Sugar Bowl performance made it clear who the Sooners’ quarterback of the future was. Thompson graduated from OU, meaning he could transfer without sitting out the normally required one year.