Bob Stoops announced Wednesday the reinstatement of suspended Sooners Trey Franks, Quentin Hayes and Jaz Reynolds.
The three were suspended, along with sophomore receiver Kameel Jackson, on May 9 for violating unspecified team rules.
Jackson, who was allowed to stay on his scholarship through summer school to improve his grades, was not reinstated. Stoops said he’ll evaluate Jackson’s situation after summer school ends and then make a decision.
Franks and Reynolds, both junior receivers, and Hayes, a sophomore defensive back, will practice with the team, but still be suspended for a “considerable” amount of games, Stoops said during a very brief media session before Wednesday’s Sooner Caravan at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Reynolds was OU’s third-leading receiver last season with 41 receptions, 715 yards and five touchdowns. Franks was the Sooners’ leading kick returner, averaging 23.9 yards a return as a sophomore last season, and caught 22 passes for 196 yards.
If and when the two junior wideouts return to game action, they’ll give quarterback Landry Jones more experienced targets to go with junior Kenny Stills, who remains OU’s only active receiver with a career NCAA Division I reception.
Stills had 786 yards and five touchdowns last season.
True freshman Trey Metoyer received rave reviews during the spring, and his fellow incoming freshmen, Durron Neal, Sterling Shepard and Derrick Woods, along with junior-college transfer Lacoltan Bester, will also join the mix.
Both Franks and Reynolds have been suspended before. Reynolds was suspended after tweeting insensitive comments about a gunman at the University of Texas during OU/Texas week, and redshirted that season. He was also suspended for one game last season for a violation of team rules.
Franks was suspended for two games last season for violating unspecified team rules.
‘EVERYBODY JUST RELAX’
During the coach’s portion of the OU Caravan, audience members were allowed to submit a question. Stoops’ final question was about how he felt on the receiver situation.
“No concerns,” Stoops said nonchalantly. “We’ll have plenty. We’ll have guys out there. We’ll be better than you think, I believe. Believe me. At receivers. All right. Everybody just relax. We just got to go out and coach ’em. We’ll be OK.”
BOUND FOR DOWN UNDER
Sherri Coale and the women’s basketball team will be leaving the country on Aug. 7 to go on a tour. Per NCAA regulations, a team is allowed one foreign tour every four years. The team will be going to Australia, so they have already started practice.
“I know. I know it’s a tough job,” Coale said, “but somebody had to do it.”
AN NCAA FIRST
For the first time, the NCAA is allowing basketball coaches and players to practice for two hours per week in the summertime. OU men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger talked about the positives of the NCAA change.
“The opportunity to work in the summer time is great, not just from a basketball perspective, but you get to know them more,” Kruger said. “Especially with the freshman; you get a chance to help them with that transition a little more regularly.”
Kruger has four freshman coming in, but he said there is a good core coming back from last year’s team.
“We’ve got five or six new guys who are bringing in great energy and great passion,” Kruger said. “It will be a lot more competitive internally, which is good.”
GIRL POWER STOOPS
Stoops stood on stage and raised his hand.
“I want to join,” he said as the crowd roared in laughter. Coale had brought up membership for the Sooner Stilettos, a support club for OU women’s basketball.
Stoops was on a joke roll. Earlier in the night, Gabe Ikard was able to tell the crowd one thing they didn’t know about Coach Stoops.
“Everyone else has to park real far away, and right in front of the locker room is a spot for the head football coach,” Ikard said. “And half the time, there’s a pink, Mary Kay Cadillac. We all get really confused out there.”
Stoops’ wife, Carol, is a Mary Kay national sales director, the highest rank on the independent sales side of the company. Stoops said he would drive that vehicle any chance he got.
“Gabe,” Stoops said. “It takes a big man to drive a pink Cadillac in front of 105 guys.”