Two players will miss TU season because of academic problems

Wednesday, August 9th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Two Tulsa players will be sitting out the 2000 football season after failing to make the grade in the classroom, Tulsa coach Keith Burns says.

Running back D.J. Barnett, who rushed for 116 yards as a freshman last season, and lineman Brock Anderson failed to meet academic requirements, Burns said Tuesday. Burns said his team could have "one or two other (academic casualties), but this is all I know about at this time."

Barnett was expected to serve as backup to starting tailback Ken Bohanon after showing "flashes of being real special" in spring practice, Burns said. "Unfortunately, he's going to have to learn a tough lesson," he said.

Jorma Bailey, a freshman from Florida who enrolled mid-term, moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart. Anderson also had a good spring and had been expected to challenge for a starting spot on the offensive line.

Tulsa's 23 freshmen and eight walk-ons reported Sunday to start pre-season drills. Golden Hurricane veterans reported Tuesday.