Linebacker Frank Shannon, who was accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment Jan. 20, is back with the football team and working out, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Thursday during the Sooner Caravan stop in Tulsa.
Shannon’s future with the team has yet to be decided.
“It’s a process that’s still ongoing,” Stoops said. “That’s it.”
Prosecutors in Cleveland County declined to file charges in the incident, but Shannon also has to go through an appeals process at the school following a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation.
EVANS CLEARED, OTHERS RETURN
Tyler Evans, who started 16 games at right guard in 2010 and 2011 before missing the last two season with ACL tears, has been cleared for summer workouts.
“He’s been working out,” Stoops said. “He’s doing everything.”
Evans tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in practice before the start of the 2012 season then re-tore the ligament in spring practices in 2013.
Stoops said that other players who were injured in spring — offensive linemen Adam Shead and Tyrus Thompson, tight end Blake Bell, defensive lineman Jordan Phillips, defensive back Julian Wilson and running back Dimitri Flowers — had been cleared as well.
“They’re all good,” Stoops said.
COUSINS TO RETURN THIS WEEKEND
Sooner basketball guard Isaiah Cousins, who was wounded in a shooting incident last week in his hometown of Mount Vernon, N.Y., is expected to return to Norman this weekend.
“He comes in Sunday,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “That was the plan originally and that hasn’t changed.”
Cousins was hit in the back of his shoulder after getting caught in the middle of a gang-related shooting. Neither Cousins nor anybody in his group had any ties to the gangs involved.
“He seems fine,” Kruger said. “I guess those things happen in the area that he’s grown up. It’s happened too frequently and obviously it’d never happened to him directly but he’s aware that it does happen in that area.
“I think he’s anxious to get on to school and get back to the routine.”
STOOPS ‘NOT PURSUING’ MAYFIELD APPEAL
Stoops said he didn’t know anything about the status of Baker Mayfield’s appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility.
“I’m not pursuing that, so I don’t see that changing,” Stoops said. “I don’t see them changing the rule.
“There’s an appeal, but what percentage that is, I have no idea. You have as good an idea as I do. I don’t know.”
Mayfield, a walk-on, transferred from Texas Tech after last season, and Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury did not release Mayfield to another Big 12 school.
He performed well in the spring game but without a successful appeal would not only have to sit out this season but lose a season of eligibility as well.
Mayfield started for much of the season at Tech, throwing for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns.