The strange case that is the University of Oklahoma vs. Frank Shannon continues Tuesday, with yet another development that adds an extra layer or two to the situation.
Following practice earlier today, Jordan Evans, who’s expected to take over at linebacker if Shannon’s season-long suspension is upheld, was asked if the Sooners’ leading tackler last season was getting any reps with the first-team defense. Evans’ answer will surprise some who thought Shannon was no longer in the mix at OU.
“He’s been taking all of them. But we’re doing a whole bunch of things, the player said, before clarifying a bit. “I shouldn’t say all of them. But he’s taking a lot of reps. … So am I. They are really rotating in everybody some they can get an amount of reps and see where you are at.”
For his part, Bob Stoops is letting others handle the off-field situation involving the defensive leader.
“It’s like anything; we coach the players that are there,” the head coach said. “It’s pretty much how it goes. All we can control are the players that are on the field, and that’s all we ever can control. That’s all we do: coach the players that are there.
“We get guys hurt week in and week out who aren’t available, next guy up’s gonna come in and do the job. It’s just how it goes.”
OU announced earlier this week that, in mid-June, Shannon was suspended by the university for the entire 2014 season. The linebacker’s future at Oklahoma was “in limbo” after he was accused of sexual assault. The Cleveland County (Okla.) District Attorney’s Office, however, declined to pursue charges following a weeks-long investigation.
A Title IX investigation, though, led to the suspension.
Shannon is fighting the suspension through the court system, with the player already getting a victory in district court The Cleveland County district court judge ruled that Shannon is allowed to remain enrolled as a student and participate in OU football activities. OU has appealed the decision to the state’s supreme court.
Until then, Shannon will be permitted to practice with the Sooners and, if the case bleeds into the regular season, play in games.