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Teammate’s tweet: ‘Frank Shannon is back’ with Sooners

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It appears that one of the most talented Oklahoma Sooner players on the defensive side of the ball is back with the football program.

While there has been no official announcement one way or the other from the school, one of Frank Shannon‘s teammates, Zach Sanchez, tweeted over the weekend that the linebacker is indeed back.  Sanchez, if you recall, drew the ire of head coach Bob Stoops last October for his very public use of a head band showing support for the suspended Shannon.

OU announced in mid-August that Shannon had been 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 appealed the suspension decision all the way to the state’s supreme court; a month later, however, the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the punitive measure, and Shannon was forced to sit out the entire 2014 season.

If/when Shannon’s return comes to fruition, it will serve as a boon to the Sooners’ defense.  As a redshirt sophomore in 2013, Shannon started all 13 games and led the Sooners in tackles with 92.

Barring a waiver from the NCAA that would grant him another year, 2015 will be his final season of eligibility.

Frank Shannon still with Sooners, taking most first-team reps

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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.

OU’s leading tackler, Frank Shannon, still a Sooner

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When last we dipped our toes into the Frank Shannon “situation,” 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.

There was still a chance that Shannon could’ve been booted from the team based on the results of a federally-mandated Title IX investigation into the alleged assault.  It appears, though, those fears were unwarranted.

According to the Oklahoman, the Sooners released their 2014 media guide Tuesday and Shannon’s profile was included in the reference book.  Still, the paper wrote, “OU refused to release any information regarding the outcome of that investigation last week, saying no final disciplinary action had been determined yet.”

In other words, there is still a chance Shannon could be suspended for a game or two. He didn’t play in the spring game earlier this offseason, nor did he participate in a handful of practices leading up to it due to the police probe.

Even if Shannon is slapped with some type of suspension, having him for the majority of the season would be a boon to OU’s defense. As a redshirt sophomore in 2013, Shannon started all 13 games and led the Sooners in tackles with 92.

Supreme Court upholds suspension for Sooners LB Shannon

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Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon had hoped a higher legal power would overturn a suspension. It did not work.

An Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling has sided with the university in enforcing the season-long suspension, which was issued in August. Shannon was suspended by the university for one year following accusations of being involved in a sexual assault in April. Shannon later claimed Oklahoma was using him as a scapegoat. Shannon took advantage of his chance to appeal the school’s decision, taking the issue to the courts.

The court documents can be viewed here. All documents related to this case are to be sealed, per a court order.

Shannon was Oklahoma’s defensive leader in 2013 with 92 tackles. He still has another year of eligibility after this season.

Golden to retain trio of Shannon assistants

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A little over three weeks after watching their boss get the boot, three member’s of Randy Shannon‘s 2010 Miami coaching staff have learned that they won’t be job hunting for 2011.

According to a release issued by the school, new head coach Al Golden has decided to retain assistant coaches Micheal Barrow, Aubrey Hill and Jeff Stoutland.  Barrow will coach linebackers, Hill will serve as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator while Stoutland will coach the offensive line.

All three coaches will stay in the same positions they were in during the 2010 season.

Stoutland was named as Miami’s interim head coach shortly after Shannon’s dismissal.  That will continue through the Hurricanes’ Dec. 31 Sun Bowl matchup with Notre Dame.

On Thursday, the school had announced that three coaches — defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio, defensive line coach Jethro Franklin and defensive backs coach Paul Williams — had followed Golden from Temple and joined their boss in Miami.

With the spate of hirings, it leaves Golden with vacancies at Offensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, running backs and tight ends.  In their release, the school noted that retaining other coaches already on the staff was still a possibility.