OU's response to the NCAA sanctions

Modified: July 12, 2007 at 11:33 am •  Published: July 12, 2007
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The University of Oklahoma released a statement following the NCAA's announcement. Here is what coach Bob Stoops and OU president David Boren had to say about the NCAA's punishment of the football program.

•"I strongly support President Boren's statement and position, and I appreciate his support of our program. Our current team is focused on the upcoming season. The university is dealing with a matter that relates to the 2005 season. This group of players and those that will join our program later have no reason to be concerned about our goals or the direction of our program. Those things remain unchanged. We remain a program that is concentrated on winning championships and my expectation is that we will compete on that level for many years.”

— OU football coach

Bob Stoops

•"It is appropriate that the action taken today by the NCAA does not limit the ability of our football team to succeed in the upcoming or future seasons.

"In light of all the circumstances surrounding this case and as a matter of principle, the university has decided to appeal two elements of this decision — the penalty of erasing the 2005 season record and the finding of failure to monitor.

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