OU Suspends "Buster' Rhymes

Oklahoman Published: December 23, 1982
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George "Buster" Rhymes, who sat out the 1982 football season for disciplinary reasons, has been suspended from the University of Oklahoma for allegedly cheating on a final examination.

Rhymes could return to the school after a one-semester suspension but he will not be eligible to play football in 1983. That would leave him with one year of eligibility at OU.

In 1980, Rhymes rushed for 659 yards, a Sooner freshman record, and made the key run against Nebraska that set up the winning touchdown and enabled the Sooners to travel to his Miami, Fla., hometown to play in the Orange Bowl. As a sophomore, he rushed for 442 yards and came under criticism for his inability to block or run inside.

Last spring Rhymes and Elbert Watts, then an OU freshman, were caught stealing a teammate's stereo. Watts transferred to Los Angeles City Junior College but Rhymes chose to stay at OU, accept coach Barry Switzer's punishment and redshirt during the 1982 season. During practices this fall, he worked at wide receiver, where the Sooners had planned on using him next year. BIOG: NAME:

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