Oklahoma's Stoops releases freshman center

Updated: April 27, 2006, 11:27 PM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma lost another offensive lineman Thursday when freshman center Chad Roark was released from the team by head coach Bob Stoops.

The Oklahoman reported that Roark intends to transfer to Nebraska, where his brother attends school and plays on the Cornhuskers football team.

Roark, who graduated from Ada High School in December, spent the spring practicing part time with the OU first team. He never played in a game.

Roark declined to comment on specifics, but told The Oklahoman he wasn't happy at OU.

"I'm not really supposed to discuss it," Roark said Thursday. "Coach Stoops doesn't want me to discuss why I'm leaving. I don't want to say anything bad about the University of Oklahoma.

"I just wasn't happy there and it wasn't the place for me."

Stoops was out of town Thursday and unavailable for comment.

Roark said he will finish the semester at Oklahoma, then enroll in summer school at Nebraska. His older brother Craig is a redshirt freshman defensive lineman.

Big 12 Conference rules require Roark to sit out next year and forfeit a year of eligibility, making him a sophomore at Nebraska in 2007.


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