OU football notebook: Corey Nelson's eligibility appeal denied by NCAA

Offensive lineman Tyrus Thompson and Adam Shead not expected back for the game.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: December 19, 2013


photo -  Corey Nelson's college career is still up in the air. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Corey Nelson's college career is still up in the air. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Corey Nelson's appeal for a fifth year of eligibility was denied by the NCAA, a source confirmed, but OU has requested another review. The news was first reported by ESPN.com.

Nelson told The Oklahoman in a text message Thursday afternoon that he still hadn't heard anything regarding his appeal.

The senior linebacker from Dallas was having the best season of his career before tearing a pectoral muscle against TCU on Oct. 5.

The team captain applied first to the Big 12 Conference for a medical redshirt and was denied. He appealed to the NCAA from there.

According to the ESPN report, the review is Nelson's final recourse.

NCAA rules stipulate a player can't have played in more than 30 percent of a season and still qualify for a medical redshirt.

THOMPSON, SHEAD NOT EXPECTED BACK

The Sooners will likely be without a pair of offensive linemen for the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl against Alabama.

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by Ryan Aber
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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