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Bad personnel Monday for Sooners

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When it rains it pours, they say, and it was stormin’ in Norman personnel-wise on Monday.

First reported by Tulsa World, it was subsequently confirmed by additional media outlets that wide receiver Courtney Gardner will be ineligible to play for Oklahoma in 2012.  In a text, the JUCO All-American wide receiver told ESPN.com that he “passed all his summer classwork but didn’t complete his last English class on time.”

Thanks to the attrition at the position this offseason — three projected contributors were indefinitely suspended earlier this year and their status for the 2012 season is very much up in the air — Gardner, who was also arrested for obstruction back in March, was expected to come in and contribute immediately to the Sooners’ passing game.

LaColtan Bester, another JUCO receiver transfer, has graduated and will be eligible in 2012, which helps somewhat mitigate the loss of Gardner.

In addition to Gardner, another JUCO transfer, offensive lineman Will Latu, is also academically ineligible.  And, unfortunately, Latu won’t be the only lineman unavailable to Bob Stoops and his coaching staff this season — or any other season, for that matter.

Thanks to an injury that first occurred last season in the practice run-up to the Sooners’ bowl appearance, Dylan Dismuke has seen his playing career come to an end.  Dismuke, rated as a four-star member of OU’s 2011 recruiting class, will be placed on medical hardship due to the knee injury he suffered during non-contact drills.

But wait, there’s more…

The father of Florida running back Greg Bryant confirmed to Rivals.com that his son has decommitted from OU, deciding instead to play for an SEC school.  Auburn and South Carolina are the new favorites to land the touted back, the father said.

Bryant, who had been the Sooners’ highest-rated commit in the Class of 2013, is rated by Rivals as the No. 4 RB in the country and the No. 28 player at any position.

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10 Responses to “Bad personnel Monday for Sooners”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jul 31, 2012 3:05 PM

    Big Game Bob Stoops is having a bad day!

  2. billmead1976 says: Jul 31, 2012 3:23 PM

    Don’t understand these academic issues at OU?

    Imagine they have classes like Barn Painting 101, Hay Bale Stacking 101, Pig Trough Cleaning 101. Can’t be that hard.

  3. RideSurf says: Jul 31, 2012 3:29 PM

    Not worried.

    We’ll still beat Texas. Boomer.

  4. gopokes0714 says: Jul 31, 2012 3:32 PM

    some people really show their class on here.

    he didn’t pass an Californian high school English class on time, but he did pass.

  5. rsmeans says: Jul 31, 2012 4:43 PM

    Oklahoma is rated as one of the worse academic institutions in the country with many graduates unable to read. It is no wonder that the recruits with academic problems are attracted to Oklahoma.

  6. distinguisheddago says: Jul 31, 2012 5:47 PM

    remeans,
    If you seriously think that OU “is rated as one of the worse (sic) academic institutions in the country….” you need to get a little better education, yourself (probably starting with concentration on spelling.) OU has enrolled, and has on campus, more Merit Scholarship Award Winners than ANY public college institution in the USA. We do more than play football, buster!

  7. stairwayto7 says: Jul 31, 2012 6:24 PM

    Mark Emmert where are you? Death Penalty! This is what the NCAA is SUPPOSE to look at! DO YOUR JOB!!!

  8. soonerbassist says: Jul 31, 2012 7:15 PM

    As a student at OU myself, billmead1976 can shove it. Did you go to college? If so, I wonder where.. Hm, yeah, that’s what I thought. Boomer Sooner!

  9. billmead1976 says: Jul 31, 2012 8:05 PM

    @soonerbassist

    Lighten up, Francis. We are laughing at you. Muhahahahahah.

  10. billmead1976 says: Jul 31, 2012 8:10 PM

    Oh wait. You’re still a student. You probably don’t know the Francis quote. Oh wait, Oklahoma….you boys got movie theaters or television yet????? Electricity????

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