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Oklahoma assistants reported for texts and pocket-dialing recruits

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Oklahoma assistant coaches were reported by the school to the NCAA for a handful of secondary violations involving text messages and improper phone calls dating back to February 2012.

Former tight ends coach Bruce Kittle (fired in February 2013) was reported for sending a congratulatory text to a player that had signed with the Sooners, sending a recruit contact information for another recruit (he intended to send that info to assistant coach Josh Heupel), and pocket-dialing a recruit a day after receiving an impermissible text from the recruit. Pocket-dialing has happened to us all, but when you are an assistant football coach you can never be too careful! Kittle was also reported for a phone call to a recruit who was a junior, although Kittle tried to suggest this was another accidental pocket-dial. The length of the phone call did not help his cause.

Running backs coach Cale Gundy was also reported for congratulatory text messages to a player who signed with Oklahoma. Former defensive line coach Jackie Shipp (also fired February 2013) texted a junior high school player and sent multiple texts to a recruit before that player had submitted his commitment forms to the school. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was reported for returning a phone call and for texting a recruit during the week of an official visit. Linebacker coach Tim Kish was also reported for accidentally sending a holiday greeting to friends and family. The mass text was also sent to a recruit.

The Oklahoman has a full list of Oklahoma’s secondary violations that were self-reported by Oklahoma to the NCAA, along with how the violations were punished. Most included simply prohibiting assistants from initiating phone calls or texts during recruiting periods.

Many of these violations are firly common around college football, and the NCAA certainly is not going to drop a hammer on the Sooners for these offenses.

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10 Responses to “Oklahoma assistants reported for texts and pocket-dialing recruits”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 19, 2014 12:03 PM

    How DARE they send a congratulatory text!!!!

    Loss of scholarships and 2 year bowl ban!

  2. dhardy8207 says: Feb 19, 2014 12:07 PM

    Must have “outdated” phones. Most smart phones are equipped with lock screens which prevent butt or pocket dialing and also protect data in the phone incase it should voluntarily leap from the owner’s pocket…

    Might be time for an update…

  3. chc4 says: Feb 19, 2014 12:40 PM

    I bet they played pocket pool too.

  4. thraiderskin says: Feb 19, 2014 1:15 PM


  5. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 19, 2014 2:56 PM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

    Oh wait

  6. beavertonsteve says: Feb 19, 2014 5:19 PM

    You are overlooking the most severe of the self reported violations. The overconsumption of $3.83 worth of meal portions by three student athletes!

  7. dg0122 says: Feb 19, 2014 8:24 PM

    But the longstanding OU staples of free cars, $500 handshakes, and $100/ hour for not working all summer are still available

  8. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 19, 2014 10:16 PM

    I never thought I’d need to put a sign up in the locker room that said “No guns.” – Barry Switzer

  9. normtide says: Feb 19, 2014 11:06 PM

    Pretty frivolous.

  10. 4512dawg4512 says: Feb 20, 2014 4:06 AM

    Slow news day…

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