Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Report Reveals OU Secondary Violation

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Unknown Oklahoma player received benefits from agent: In a six-month long investigation of how Universities and athletics programs report NCAA violations, The Columbus Dispatch found schools are being less than open with their public records. In most cases, Universities are using FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) to hide the identities and accounts of those involved in NCAA violations (including rogue boosters and agents), while other Universities make it unaffordable to obtain records.

The Dispatch investigation found Oklahoma committed a secondary violation concerning an unknown player.

Date violation discovered: Nov. 2008

The school's report: An unidentified football player traveled to an NFL draft party as the guest of a former college teammate. The $1,300 trip, which included use of a credit card, was paid for by the former teammate's agent. The school erased all names from the violation report.

Penalty: The football player had to repay $832 to a charity from his scholarship, a federal Pell grant, and the school-issued spending money he received during the team's trip to the BCS National Championship game.

The whole story: Publicly unknown.


The player you ask? He's unknown, the University blacked-out the player's name who is question in the name of FERPA.

The same report found, Oklahoma was less-than-transparent, the University often provided little to no information concerning NCAA violations, summer job forms and other public records.

You would think a University, who has reported 224 violations in 17 sports since 2000 would be more open. Then, again, maybe not. Oklahoma remains on probation until May 2010.

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