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Turbulent off-season continues for Sooners

By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, Published: March 24, 2010
/articleid/3448819/1/pictures/890474">Photo - OU guard Willie Warren’s NBA Draft stock has plummeted because of the 2009-10 season. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU guard Willie Warren’s NBA Draft stock has plummeted because of the 2009-10 season. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
The penalties can result in the loss of eligibility for the player, and in some cases, sanctions against the school. However, it remains uncertain if Gallon or Warren did anything against the rules.

OU is currently investigating Hausinger’s connection to Gallon.

OU’s athletic department already is on NCAA probation until May 23 of this year, stemming from incidents in both the men’s basketball and football programs.

As for Warren, he is expected to turn pro despite a disappointing sophomore season.

The Sporting News’ national preseason player of the year averaged a team-high 16.3 points per game, but saw his shooting averages drop across the board, and missed OU’s final six games of the season with an ankle injury that required arthroscopic surgery.

As a result, Warren’s draft stock appears to have slipped significantly.

ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford had Warren as his No. 4 overall NBA prospect to begin the season. Now, Ford has Warren No. 31.

If Warren leaves, he likely won’t be the only defection off the Sooner roster.

Tuesday morning, Willis wrote on his Facebook page: "Its official no longer a sooner, its been real like my man Russell Simons say.”

Willis, a 6-foot-6, 165-pound sophomore out of Atlanta, appeared in 13 games this past season, averaging 2.6 points a game.

Tuesday night, Mason-Griffin also announced he is leaving OU, writing: "its a official dat i am leavin skool and enterin draft.”

With Mason-Griffin, Willis and Warren apparently on the way out, and Gallon’s status with the program tenuous, the Sooners could be left with only one returning player — guard Cade Davis — that played more than 20 minutes a game last season.

Capel, who has yet to meet with the media since OU was ousted by Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, has been out around the country recruiting, but is scheduled to be back in Norman today.

After the disappointing 13-18 season and several off-the-court issues, Capel is expected to meet with members of the team this week to sort out who will remain part of the program, and who won’t.

Late Tuesday night, Capel updated his Twitter page for the first time this week, writing: "Does anyone remember that song from the 80’s called ’rumors?’ I need to have that on constant play these days. Google lyrics if havent heard."


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