HUNTSVILLE -- Rhett Bomar's outlook mirrors the slogan on a billboard advertising Sam Houston State University along Interstate 45: "No Better Time. No Better Future."
Now 22, the disgraced former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback has
found a comfortable niche at the quiet, wooded campus about 70
miles north of Houston. It's an ideal place to make a fresh start
after a bad decision that could've cost him his career.
The crowds are smaller where Sam Houston plays in the Football
Championship Subdivision, formerly called Division I-AA. The
uniforms and facilities aren't as fancy, the media attention is
scant, and Bomar's new team makes most of its road trips by bus
instead of chartered planes.
But the Grand Prairie alum's aspirations haven't changed. He
still believes he's one of the best quarterbacks in the country,
still capable of leading a team to a national championship, and
good enough to play in the NFL someday.
But all the old, ugly questions have resurfaced one more time
this week as the 2-1 Bearkats visit OU's 2-2 crossstate rival,
Oklahoma State on Saturday. It'll be Bomar's first trip back to
Oklahoma since he and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn were dismissed
from the Sooners for accepting pay for work they didn't do at a car
dealership in the summer of 2005.
The NCAA stripped Oklahoma of its eight victories the following
season, when Bomar played as a redshirt freshman. It also took away
two scholarships from the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. The
school is appealing the scholarship reductions.