OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma football program is taking a
hit. The Sooners have been ordered to erase their eight wins from
the 2005 season and forfeit two scholarships for the 2008-2009 and
2009-2010 school years.
The penalties announced by the N-C-A-A stem from a case
involving two players who were kicked off the team for being paid
for work they had not performed at a Norman car dealership. One of
them was Oklahoma's starting quarterback.
The N-C-A-A says Oklahoma was guilty of a "failure to monitor"
the employment of the players. The university says it will appeal
the "failure to monitor" finding and the ruling that Oklahoma
must erase the wins from the 2005 campaign.
The Sooners went 8-and-4 and beat Oregon in the Holiday Bowl to
end the 2005 season.
Coach Bob Stoops' career record will be amended to reflect the
forfeitures, dropping it from 86-and-19 in eight seasons to
Oklahoma also will have two years of probation added to an
earlier penalty, extending it to May of 2010.