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July 23, 2014

Former Sooner Lane Johnson Suspended for Four Games

Former Oklahoma and current Philadelphia second-year tackle, Lane Johnson, has officially been suspended for the first four games of the 2014-15 NFL season, for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs. The suspension was originally reported on June 30th.

“In April while training, I mistakenly and foolishly put a prescribed medication in my body to help with a medical issue,” Johnson admitted in a statement. “I mistakenly failed to clear it with Eagles trainers and check the NFL list of banned substances. I am extremely sorry for this mistake and I will learn from it and be smarter in the future. I would like to sincerely apologize to Mr. Lurie, Howie Roseman, Coach Kelly and his staff, my teammates and our amazing Philadelphia Eagles fans. This will be very hard on me to not be battling with my teammates for four games – but I will be ready and better than ever when I return.” (CBS Philly)

USA Today reports, the suspension will cost Johnson $116,470 — 4/17ths of his $495,000 base salary in 2014. The four-year contract he signed last July included a $12,818,620 signing bonus.

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Linebacker Frank Shannon Remains Enrolled at OU and On Football Team

Frank Shannon remains enrolled at OU and a member of the football team with only a few weeks until fall camp opens. An athletic department spokesman said he doesn’t expect that to change, although the university’s open-records office and Shannon’s attorney refused Wednesday to provide any new information regarding the ongoing investigation into an alleged sexual assault six months ago at an off-campus apartment.

OU athletic department spokesman Pete Moris said he’s been told to proceed as if Shannon will play this fall, and that the junior linebacker from Dallas will appear in the team’s official media guide. Moris said he anticipates Shannon will be on the roster when fall camp starts July 31. (Tulsa World)

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July 22, 2014

Report: Adrian Peterson Marries Girlfriend

Former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson recently tied the knot, according to TMZ.

The following from TMZ.com.

We spoke to AP's Peterson's rep who confirms the Minnesota Vikings running back recently tied the knot to girlfriend Ashley Brown.

The two were both wearing wedding rings at the Starkey Hearing Foundation gala in Minnesota this weekend -- and when a reporter asked Ashley for her last name, she replied, "Peterson."

We're told Adrian and Ashley have been on-and-off since Adrian's college days.
Adrian Peterson and wife, Ashley, on the red carpet at
the Starkey Foundation Gala on Sunday
Photo via twitter.com/vsawkar

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Bob Stoops Talks About How Dorial Green-Beckham Ended Up At Oklahoma

There was a time when former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was reportedly headed to an FCS school like Eastern Illinois. There was even some thought that he could sit out a full year and then declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

Instead the talented but troubled wideout wound up at Oklahoma and connections to his past life as a five-star, No. 1 recruit were a big reason why.

"First of all, I had a close relationship -- as did Coach Norvell, our receiver coach -- from recruiting Dorial personally as well as with his family," Sooners head coach Bob Stoops said at Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday. "And then through extensive conversations with the people at Missouri and our people, it was something that we felt the person that he is, the potential that he has as a young man and as an individual, that we felt the opportunity to give him a second chance at our place could serve him well and be great for his future and believe in him as a young man and what he's able to maybe continue to become.

Former Sooners Playing in National Pro Fastpitch League

Three members of the Oklahoma softball 2013 senior class have spent their summers playing in the National Pro Fastpitch League.

Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults are playing for the first-place USSSA Pride (20-8), while Michelle Gascoigne and the Chicago Bandits (17-9) are two games back in second place. All three players are in their second seasons with their respective organizations.

Shults has appeared in 13 of 28 games for the Pride, but in her limited time as posted an impressive batting line of .316/.435/.526 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage). She’s collected six hits in 19 at-bats with a double, home run, four walks and one sacrifice. She ranks third on the team in both OBP and OPS (on-base + slugging).

Bob Stoops: Blake Bell's Quarterbacking Days Are Over

When Blake Bell switched positions from quarterback to tight end, Oklahoma apparently said goodbye to the Belldozer.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Bell will no longer take snaps out of the short-yardage formation he made famous over the past three years. He will be a full-time tight end as a senior.

“No, not at all,” Stoops said when asked if Bell will continue seeing time at quarterback. “It’s funny that keeps coming up. When you look at him, he is the prototype tight end. He’s got great hands, great size. He can run.”

Report: Five-Star Defensive Prospect to Visit Oklahoma

Five-star defensive back Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas/Thurgood Marshall) is reportedly planning to visit University of Oklahoma next week according to ESPN's Gerry Hamilton.

Sheffield (6-0, 180) finished last season with 39 tackles and 3 interceptions. Entering his senior year, he's ranked No. 6 prospect in Texas and nation's No. 29 overall prospect according to 247Sports.com.

Sheffield is fielding offers from Alabama, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma State, among others.

Video: Bob Stoops at Big 12 Media Days

Full press conference of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops addressing the media at 2014 Big 12 media days.



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Transcript of Bob Stoops' Comments at Big 12 Media Days

Transcript of Bob Stoops' Comments at Big 12 Media Days

THE MODERATOR: Coach, welcome, and your opening comments.

COACH STOOPS: Okay. Great to be here, 2014, starting another year here in the Big 12. We're really excited, really, about what our team has done through the winter and spring, and we've had a great summer. So I know our guys are really anxious to get back on the field here next week. And I've got five great players down here with us.

On offense I've got senior tackle Daryl Williams, quarterback Trevor Knight. And then on defense I've got three seniors, two up front, Geneo Grissom, outside linebacker, and then defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue.

And then senior quarterback/nickel back Julian Wilson, who has been a three-year starter, going on three-year starter for us. So you'll get a chance to visit with them here soon. So open it up, I guess, for questions.

Bob Stoops at Big 12 Media Days

Live stream of 2014 Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Texas.

Bob Stoops will address the media at 10:00 a.m./ET