NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops spent Monday morning at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, hitting the links with assistant coaches, boosters and media members.
Despite the excruciating heat, Stoops was jovial after the scramble. He thanked those in attendance, handed out awards to the day’s top golfers and spoke of his excitement as the calendar nears August and the start of preseason practices.
Then, beginning just after the crowd departed, bad news repeatedly and forcefully slammed the OU football program and its fans from the afternoon into the night.
* Two junior-college transfers couldn’t get academically eligible in time for the season.
* A promising career was pronounced finished before it could flourish.
* And the top-rated prospect in OU’s class of 2013 reneged on his March pledge.
Will Latu, an offensive lineman transferring from College of the Canyons in California, wasn’t able to academically qualify at OU and won’t join the Sooners, the Rivals network SoonerScoop.com reported.
Wide receiver Courtney Gardner, of Sierra College in California, also won’t make it, telling ESPN.com that he failed to complete an English class in time to enroll at OU for the fall. He said he’ll use his redshirt season, enroll at OU in January and have two years of eligibility as a Sooner.