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Oklahoma loses lineman, gains back three suspended players

Jaz Reynolds,  Quandre Diggs AP

Oklahoma is going through more personnel shifts with fall practices right around the corner. And, generally, Wednesday’s news was more promising than what Monday had to offer the Sooners.

But, we’ll start with the bad news first. Senior center Ben Habern has decided to hang up the cleats due to lingering neck and back injuries. Habern started 30 games during his career, including six starts last year and 14 in 2010.

“Our coaching staff knows this was a difficult decision for Ben,” Bob Stoops said in a statement. “Ben has been a consummate leader for our team, both on and off the field. We appreciate the toughness that Ben has displayed, and we wish him the very best as he completes his education at OU.”

Now, the better news: suspended wide receivers Trey Franks and Jaz Reynolds, along with defensive back Quentin Hayes, have been reinstated to the team for practice only. The three will remain suspended indefinitely from playing until further notice. The trio, along with receiver Kameel Jackson, were suspended in May for violation of team rules.

Jackson’s issue turned out to be an academic one and his suspension will be reviewed at the end of the current academic session; the other three were removed from scholarship over the summer while they attempted to work their way back into Stoops’ good graces.

Which apparently they’ve done. Well, sort of.

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8 Responses to “Oklahoma loses lineman, gains back three suspended players”
  1. rsmeans says: Aug 1, 2012 6:09 PM

    Of course Stoops will play the suspended players. A new name for Oklahoma should be Felony University and the chant should be Thug Thug.

  2. distinguisheddago says: Aug 1, 2012 6:50 PM

    rsmeans

    Making inane comments about the Coach and the subject players, when you don’t know ANYTHING about the nature of the infractions, is not only not smart, it does not constitute even a decent form of JackAssery. (But I’ll bet you are proficient at it!)

  3. soonerbassist says: Aug 1, 2012 8:16 PM

    Rsmeans,

    I just LOVE it when uneducated twits like you who know NOTHING about a school and it’s football program make stupid comments like that. We’ve got good guys in our program who make stupid decisions sometimes like a lot of people.

    So grow up, educate yourself, and get your facts right before making irrational statements.

  4. gopokes0714 says: Aug 1, 2012 8:57 PM

    @SoonerBias

    you have to admit returning these receivers two days after the guy who was supposed to fill in was declared ineligible is a little suspicious.

    if they are deemed a negative influence on the team and continually get in trouble is it worth it to bring them back just to have a better shot at winning?

    it’s deplorable to put winning over ethics.

    and according to local OU insiders the three have done very little to earn their spot back. its more about OU needs them so they are going to strongly encourage them to “earn” their spot.

    what do you want to bet they are eligible to play before OU’s first major oponate?

  5. distinguisheddago says: Aug 1, 2012 9:07 PM

    BiasedSooner,

    You say “you want to bet they are eligible to play before OU’s first major oponate? sic”
    I’d say that it depends entirely on the players. Two of the three have been completely OFF scholarship and on their own for a few months; after that, if they have not learned how to act, and do anything else outside of what’s required of them, Bob will kick them the hell off the team. We now have enough good receivers, who have the right attitude, that the malcontents are not needed.

  6. RideSurf says: Aug 2, 2012 9:21 AM

    Oh Good.

    Now we’ll hang half a hundred on Okie Lite.

    Woot.

  7. usmcbronzestar says: Aug 2, 2012 12:02 PM

    The only ones that know for sure what they did are Coach Stoops and themselves. I for one will rely on his judgement. Just how many coaches do you know that would kick a starting QB off a team.

  8. poison66 says: Aug 3, 2012 9:28 AM

    @RideSurf…… like ok State did to the squatters last year……….? Lmao

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