Two reserve linemen no longer on OU team

9/8/2005 - College Football

Oklahoma: Reserve offensive linemen Akim Millington and Brandon Keith, who each left the team only to return later, were cut permanently Wednesday, coach Bob Stoops said.

"They've been back and forth, so that's it," Stoops said. "There's nothing else to talk about."

Millington, a 6-foot-5, 306-pound sophomore was listed as the starter at right tackle for the season opener against TCU but left the team earlier in the week. He returned, but coaches said he would have to earn his starting spot back.

Keith, a junior college transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, practiced with the Sooners in the spring but left the team on Aug. 5. He resumed practicing with the team two weeks ago.

"We had extended the opportunities and wanted them to, they just dont want to," offensive line coach Kevin Wilson said. "There were no penalties. They had to earn their spot back. There's nothing else to say about it. We tried, and tried hard."

Missouri: Starting strongside linebacker Marcus Bacon will not play Saturday against New Mexico.

He has been suspended after he was arrested by the Missouri Highway Patrol for driving while intoxicated, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Bacon was stopped after the win over Arkansas State, the paper reported. He is expected to be eligible to play Sept. 17 against Troy.