Banned Sooners lose scholarships
Coach Bob Stoops spoke on the standing of the three suspended Sooners during OU's caravan in Tulsa on Wednesday night. Reynolds, Franks and Hayes were indefinitely suspended on May 20.
"There's no update," Stoops said when asked about the suspensions of Reynolds, Franks and Hayes. "(They) have been removed from scholarship and we aren't counting on any of them.
"We'll keep moving forward. This program doesn't bank on any one individual player; we've recruited a lot of really good players so we'll keep moving on."
Stoops bristled at the notion that he's starting to clamp down on the overall behavior in the program.
"There isn't any clamping down," he said. "I've always clamped down, I believe. I think it's fair to say over 13, 14 years, our track record has been pretty similar. We stick to our team policies and university policies and we don't waver. You either abide by them or you don't."
Stoops didn't completely rule out a return by any of the three players, saying, "What happens? We'll see."
All three players remain on the Sooners' online roster, but the veteran coach said he doesn't expect them to be in summer school at OU.
Highlighted by big plays yet marred by suspensions, Reynolds has had an up-and-down career at OU. The junior receiver was suspended twice in 2010, including once after he made insensitive comments on Twitter after a campus shooting at the University of Texas. Reynolds also was suspended for the Iowa State game last season.
Reynolds had the best season of his career in 2011 with 41 receptions for 715 yards and five touchdowns. He started six of 10 games before a kidney injury against Oklahoma State ended his season.
Franks, a junior receiver, has run into behavior issues of his own prior to his indefinite suspension. He was suspended for two games last season for multiple violations of team rules and finished with 22 catches for 196 yards.
Hayes saw limited action as a backup safety in 2011 but drew praise during the spring for his play and was expected to provide depth in the secondary this fall.
Receiver Kameel Jackson also was suspended May 20, but his situation is different from the other three players and he remains on scholarship despite tweeting that he planned to transfer from OU in early May.
"He's not in the same position," Stoops said.
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