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Stoops: Players 'knowingly' broke employment rules


NORMAN, Okla. -- The NCAA has alleged a third Oklahoma football player received excess pay from the same car dealership where former Sooners Rhett Bomar and J.D. Quinn received similar benefits, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The allegation of a third, unnamed player receiving excess pay was made in the NCAA's report on its investigation into self-reported violations at Oklahoma.
The university acknowledged the allegation, the newspaper said, but still says only Bomar, a quarterback, and Quinn, an offensive lineman, accepted excess pay.

The newspaper reported that in the preliminary report Oklahoma submitted to the NCAA in August, the university said only Bomar and Quinn had accepted the excess pay. A third, unidentified player was referenced, but aside from Bomar and Quinn, "all other student-athletes were paid for the number of hours worked," the university said.


The NCAA's findings came in an investigation after Oklahoma
self-reported the violations. Oklahoma disclosed Monday that it had received its notice of allegations from the NCAA and is scheduled to appear before the
NCAA's Committee on Infractions on April 14 in Indianapolis.

The NCAA asked athletic director Joe Castiglione and football
coach Bob Stoops to attend the meeting, along with compliance
officials, general counsel Joseph Harroz and director of football
operations Merv Johnson.

Oklahoma also appeared before the committee last April following
an investigation into hundreds of improper recruiting phone calls
by former basketball coach Kelvin Sampson's staff.

"We are eager to move forward toward the conclusion of this
matter," Castiglione said in a statement.

In its notice, the NCAA claims Oklahoma didn't follow its own
guidelines when it "did not collect gross earning statements for
the 12 football student-athletes who notified the institution of
their employment at [the dealership] during the 2005 summer vacation period
... and as a result the institution did not detect the violations"
it self-reported.

Oklahoma claims it did not detect the football players'
employment because the players did not complete required forms. The
university also claims it was transitioning duties at a time when
the NCAA alleges that Oklahoma failed to collect some of its
monitoring forms in a timely manner.

The NCAA points out that the failure to monitor occured
"despite receiving information that at least one student-athlete
worked at Big Red during the academic year."

"From our perspective, any allegation related to our monitoring
activities, no matter how limited, is not warranted," Castiglione
said in the statement. "The NCAA does not appear to be contesting
the speed of our response or the action that we took."

"I think any school would agree that monitoring practices can
always be improved, and we constantly seek to improve our
practices, but we also recognize that it was our staff that
originally uncovered and reported the violations that had occurred.
Upon completing our investigation, the university took action above
and beyond what was required under the NCAA rules."

Bomar and Quinn were both dismissed from the program and
transferred to Division I-AA schools -- Bomar to Sam Houston State
and Quinn to Montana. Bomar was ordered to pay back more than
$7,400 in extra benefits to charity, while Quinn was told to pay
back more than $8,100.

Oklahoma has also banned athletes from working at the Norman car dealership where Bomar and Quinn were employed until at least the
2008-09 academic year and has moved to prevent the athletes'
supervisor at the dealership from being involved with the
university's athletics program. The dealership is now under new
ownership.

Oklahoma also will reduce the number of football coaches who are
allowed to recruit off campus this fall.

Stoops has said the players "knowingly" broke the rules.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.