Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday that running back Damien Williams would not return to the team.
Some former players expressed their displeasure with the move on social media.
“Another draft stock butchered,” former OU defensive back Tony Jefferson posted on Twitter.
Former Sooners wide receiver Kenny Stills also tweeted about Williams' dismissal, though also said his issues went deeper.
“Never seen a staff put so much effort into trying to sabotage people's careers,” Stills posted.
Williams, a senior, was suspended for the game against Tulsa earlier this season. Williams missed the game against Kansas State and will miss the regular season finale against Oklahoma State and the bowl game.
Williams finishes his Oklahoma career with 1,499 yards and 18 touchdowns rushing in two seasons. This year, he ran for 553 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Sooners didn't have a problem moving the ball without Williams on Saturday, rushing for 301 yards in a 41-31 win over the Wildcats.
Stoops also said that wide receiver Lacoltan Bester, who was also suspended last week, would return to practice this week and play against Oklahoma State.
BELL RUSE HEUPEL'S IDEA
Stoops said he told Blake Bell not to bother going through warm-ups before Saturday's game, but co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel decided to have Bell go through the drills.
“I guess Coach Heupel wanted him to,” Stoops said. “I said, ‘We got to Saturday, just get warm.' Then I looked and he was going out for warm-ups. It was no big deal.”
Bell was injured early in the Iowa State game and was ruled out before Saturday's game with the aftereffects of a concussion.
Stoops said Bell's status for the Bedlam game wouldn't be determined until at least after Thanksgiving.
EVANS WILL BE BACK
Guard Tyler Evans, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee before the season, wasn't among the players honored during Senior Day ceremonies before the Iowa State game.
Monday, Stoops revealed why.
“Tyler is gonna be able to return next year,” Stoops said. “They granted him another one.”
Evans hasn't played since 2011, when he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors and started all 13 games.
He first tore his ACL during the first day of practice before the 2012 season.