OU Wins NCAA Football Appeal

Friday, February 22nd 2008, 11:16 am
By: News On 6

Dean Blevins, sports director for News 9 in Oklahoma City, has learned the University of Oklahoma won its appeal with the NCAA.  Per the appeal, OU will not have to forfeit any games related to the Rhett Bomar and J.D. Quinn case. 

The NCAA initially ruled OU would have to forfeit its eight wins from the 2005 season after Rhett Bomar and J.D. Quinn were caught being paid for work they did not complete at Big Red Sports and Imports.

On Friday, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee released a ruling stating Oklahoma should not have been found guilty of separate violations for failing to detect that football players' deceptive behavior.

Still, the committee upheld a "failure to monitor" violation imposed on OU, saying the university didn't use established institutional procedures that would have revealed the employment of 12 players at the dealership in the summer of 2005.

"We fully appreciate and respect the process required in these matters,'' Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said in the statement.  "We are pleased that the NCAA recognized the university's approach in taking immediate and significant action upon our discovery of the violations and of the work and cooperation of the University of Oklahoma in the ultimate detection of the violations.''

If OU had lost the appeal, they would also have had to forfeit the Holiday Bowl trophy it earned from its 17-14 win over Oregon.

News 9 is the sister-station of the News On 6.  Both stations are owned and operated by Griffin Communications.

The Associated Press contributed to this update.