The University of Oklahoma’s fight to keep starting linebacker Frank Shannon off the field this season will go before the Oklahoma state Supreme Court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to court documents.
OU suspended Shannon for one year from both school and football on June 18 following an independent investigation into an alleged sexual assault from January. The Cleveland County district attorney didn’t file criminal charges in the matter.
Shannon took his case to court June 24 and received a stay from district Judge Tracy Schumacher. The stay remains in place, allowing Shannon to practice with the team and remain enrolled in school while Schumacher reviews the case.
OU appealed the case to the supreme court Monday after OU president David Boren issued a public statement announcing the results of the school’s internal investigation, which found Shannon to have violated the university’s sexual misconduct policy.
Wednesday’s hearing relates only to Schumacher’s stay.
BELL STAYING IN KNIGHT’S EAR
Blake Bell and Trevor Knight were competitors for Oklahoma’s starting quarterback position at this time a year ago.
After Bell’s position change to tight end this offseason, though, the senior is constantly chirping in Knight’s ear, telling him he’s open.
“I kind of laugh, and I'll joke around with him every once in a while,” Bell said. “He's doing a great job of seeing not only me, but everyone else on the field. He's getting better each and every day, just like all of us.”
Bell said he’s noticed a clear change in Knight’s leadership ability since the sophomore became the team’s clear starting quarterback after the Sugar Bowl.
“He's being more vocal, and you can definitely tell guys are listening to him and perking up,” Bell said.
OU strength coach Jerry Schmidt, on the team’s work ethic this summer:
“I tell our guys you can win 90 percent of your games by showing up every day. It’s hard to go to work every day for you and I and everyone else in this room right here. … People are always looking for excuses to get out of work. These guys didn’t do that.
“These guys are not normal. To me, that’s not normal to do that every day.”