HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Former Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar
was ruled ineligible Wednesday to play for Sam Houston State this
season but will return in 2007 with two years of eligibility
Bomar and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn were kicked off the
Sooners' squad in August for accepting payment for more work than
they performed at a car dealership, a violation of NCAA rules.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Bomar transferred to Sam Houston and
Quinn to Montana, both Division I-AA schools. Quinn also was ruled
ineligible by the NCAA but will be allowed to play next season,
Montana associate athletic director Dave Guffey said.
"I am happy to get this behind me," said Bomar, who has been
allowed to practice with the Bearkats. "I look forward to having
the opportunity to represent Sam Houston State. This decision today
will help take the focus off me and put the focus on the team."
Bomar, from the Dallas area, was one of the nation's top
recruits in 2004. He redshirted, then threw for 2,018 yards and 10
touchdowns as a freshman at Oklahoma last year.
The NCAA ordered the players to give the extra money they earned
from the dealership to charities of their choice. Bomar owes
$7,406.88, and Quinn owes $8,137.17.
The NCAA said the players were paid for work they said they
performed during "times when they were attending class, eating
dinner or at football practice."
Oklahoma also told the NCAA the student-athletes "began the
practice of clocking one another in and out, dependent on who
arrived first and left last each day."
In addition, the NCAA said Bomar and Quinn did not notify or
receive approval from the school's compliance staff for their
employment and never signed a required notification form for work
during the academic year.
"Obviously, we would have liked for him to able to play in
games this season," Sam Houston coach Todd Whitten said. "But,
with his experience working with the squad this fall and spring
training ahead next year, we look forward to having him as a
Bearkat for the next two seasons."
Montana athletic director Jim O'Day said the school wouldn't
have any comment on the NCAA's decision.