March 3, 2006An 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.
March-April, 2006OU compliance department staff members conduct interviews with football players and employees of Big Red Sports and Imports.
April 19-27, 2006The 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, 2006OU officials interview Rhett Bomar and J.D. Quinn, who deny breaking NCAA rules, as well as Big Red employees.
Aug. 1, 2006OU officials again interview the players.
Aug. 2, 2006On 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, 2006In 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.” Paul Thompson, a senior, agrees to move from wide receiver back to quarterback. Bomar and Quinn subsequently transfer to Sam Houston State and Montana, respectively — both NCAA Division I-AA schools.
Aug. 21, 2006OU submits a preliminary report to the NCAA admitting Bomar and Quinn had committed major violations. The school's report contains details of an inquiry into the employment of Jermaine Hardison, a walk-on wide receiver, but the school says it cannot determine whether Hardison was overpaid. The NCAA enforcement staff later determines Hardison was overpaid.
Aug. 24-Jan. 9, 2007OU officials and NCAA enforcement staff members conduct interviews with several OU football players, coaches and athletic administrators, as well as representatives of Big Red.
Nov. 1, 2006The NCAA announces Bomar and Quinn have been reinstated and will be eligible for the 2007 football season. The players must make restitution of $7,406.88 (Bomar) and $8,137.17 (Quinn) — the amount they were overpaid by Big Red — to charity.
Feb. 9, 2007The NCAA enforcement staff sends the notice of allegations to OU.
Feb. 12, 2007In acknowledging receipt of the notice of allegations, OU reveals its self-imposed penalties.
April 14, 2007OU officials led by president David Boren attend a hearing before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis. They contest the NCAA enforcement staff's charge of "failure in monitoring” regarding football players' employment at Big Red.
WednesdayThe Committee on Infractions releases its findings. OU announces it will appeal the NCAA's decision to vacate the 2005 season record and the finding of failure to monitor. The appeals process could take as long as six months. By George Schroeder
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Former Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar holds the offensive MVP trophy after OU defeated Oregon in the 2005 Holiday Bowl. The Sooners will have to vacate the win. by NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN