Of course by now you have heard about the racially-charged video captured on an Oklahoma fraternity bus trip, as well as the very quick and decisive actions by the university. There’s been collateral damage, though, on at least one front.
Earlier Monday, four-star 2016 Texas offensive tackle Jean Delance announced on Twitter that he had decided to decommit from the Sooners. While the racist video wasn’t mentioned by Delance, who has been an OU commit since November, it’s not hard to connect the dots.
“Firstly want to say thank you for giving me an opportunity to get my education and play football at OU, but I have officially de-committed from Oklahoma University,” Delance said. “Nothing to do with the staff or team, I’ll be reopening my recruitment due to personal reasons.”
Three hours after decommitting from OU, Delance revealed that he had been offered a a scholarship by Alabama. It should also be noted that, despite his verbal to the Sooners, Texas and Texas A&M were considered considerable threats to OU even before the video surfaced.
Regardless of the actual reasons for the decommitment, current OU defensive end Charles Tapper took to Twitter to rally the recruiting troops.
Tapper was one of dozens of Sooner athletes who gathered for a rally this morning. OU was scheduled to practice later on in the day, but that session was cancelled, as the school explained in a press release this afternoon that was partially titled “Oklahoma Football – Not on OUr Campus.”
In lieu of meetings and practice on Monday, the University of Oklahoma Football team displayed its solidarity, marching together from the Barry Switzer Center to the Everest Training Center. After several moments of silence inside Everest, the team broke down the huddle, said a prayer and returned in unison to the Switzer Center.