March 3, 2006
An anonymous e-mail is sent to Oklahoma president David Boren and to the NCAA. Under the heading "NCAA Violation at OU,” the e-mail charged three OU football players were paid for work they did not perform at Big Red Sports and Imports. OU and the NCAA launched an investigation.
OU compliance department staff members conduct interviews with football players and employees of Big Red Sports and Imports.
April 19-27, 2006
The NCAA enforcement staff receives calls and e-mails from "six different confidential and anonymous sources indicating improprieties involving Big Red and” OU football players.
June 21, 2006
OU officials interview Rhett Bomar and J.D. Quinn, who deny breaking NCAA rules, as well as Big Red employees.
Aug. 1, 2006
OU officials again interview the players.
Aug. 2, 2006
On the day before the first preseason practice, Oklahoma announces quarterback Rhett Bomar and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn have been dismissed from the team and declared ineligible for major NCAA rules violations. The players were paid for work they did not perform at Big Red — and were clocked in during football practices and other team activities.
Aug. 3, 2006
In a news conference, OU coach Bob Stoops says, "It is a cut-and-dried issue. If you knowingly and intentionally and premeditatedly break NCAA (rules), then you cannot be a part of this football team.