Holmes' father says Sooners DB is academically ineligible for Fiesta Bowl

Updated: December 24, 2007, 3:38 PM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- The father of Oklahoma defensive back Lendy Holmes told a Dallas newspaper that his son won't play in the Fiesta Bowl because of academic ineligibility.

Lendy Holmes Sr. said his son failed to make a passing grade in one of his classes.

"He needed six grade points to be eligible and he had five," Holmes Sr. told The Dallas Morning News on Saturday. "This can be a life lesson for everybody else. This is what happens if you don't take care of your businesses."

OU spokesman Kenny Mossman did not return a message Monday seeking comment.

Holmes, a junior who played safety this season, was expected to start at cornerback for the Sooners after starter Reggie Smith broke his toe in the Big 12 Championship game against Missouri.

Redshirt freshman Dominique Franks, who only has three tackles on the year, is expected to start at corner. Franks is listed as the backup cornerback on the depth chart behind Marcus Walker, who starts opposite Smith.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press