When Oklahoma announced the additions of transfers Jalen Saunders and Cortez Johnson, it was thought — or, more to the point, assumed — that the two would be forced to sit out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
While that may still ultimately be the case in the end, it won’t be due to a lack of effort on the part of the program.
Head coach Bob Stoops confirmed to the Daily Oklahoman Saturday that Saunders and Johnson have applied for waivers that would permit them to play immediately in 2012 instead of sitting out the season. There’s no word on a timeline on a decision, and Stoops said he didn’t have a feeling one way or the other which way it may go.
““There’s nothing to feel good or bad about,” the coach told the paper. “It’s just a process. You go through the process and we’ll see.”
Saunders came to OU from Fresno State and Johnson from Arizona. Both of those programs underwent a coaching change following the 2011 season, although Stoops wouldn’t detail the grounds under which the appeal was filed.
Especially as it pertains to Saunders, getting a favorable ruling on the waiver would be a significant boost for the Sooners. Three receivers who were expected to be significant contributors this season were indefinitely suspended from the team last month, and their futures with the program are very much up in the air.