NCAA infractions appeal back in Oklahoma's hands

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma has until Oct.
30 to file its latest rebuttal in the NCAA infractions case
surrounding extra benefits received by former starting quarterback
Rhett Bomar and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn.

Oklahoma, appealing the NCAA Committee on Infractions' decision
to strip the school of eight victories in which Bomar and Quinn
participated during the 2005 season, received word from the NCAA
this week that the infractions committee had responded to the
university's appeal.

In a letter dated Monday, NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals
Committee chairman Christopher L. Griffin informed university legal
counsel Joseph Harroz Jr. that he'd requested the infractions
committee's response be posted on a Web-based custodial system for
the university to view and provide a response.

The Associated Press received a copy of the letter Friday
through an open records request.

The NCAA acknowledged receiving Oklahoma's appeal more than a
month ago. In a letter dated Sept. 11, Griffin wrote that attorney
Robin Green Harris of the law firm Ice Miller had submitted the
university's written appeal.

In its notice that it intended to appeal, Oklahoma objected to a
"failure to monitor" finding and having its wins from an 8-4
season in 2005 taken away.

The university has stated it would not challenge other penalties
in the case, which was the result of Bomar and Quinn receiving
extra pay for work they did not do at a Norman car dealership.
Oklahoma's probation from a case involving former basketball coach
Kelvin Sampson was extended by two years, two football scholarships
were cut and recruiting time was also reduced.

Bomar and Quinn were both dismissed from the team and ordered by
the NCAA to pay back thousands of dollars in extra benefits to

Earlier this month, the NCAA informed Oklahoma that it had
approved its report on improvements to the compliance department
that included the hiring of additional staff, more rules education
through newly created newsletters, additional monitoring software
and a centralization of the department. The report was requested by
the NCAA following the football infractions case.

Once the university and the infractions committee have finished
exchanging rebuttals in the case, the appeals committee will make a
ruling. Oklahoma did not request a hearing in person before the
appellate panel.

The No. 4 Sooners (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) play Iowa State on Saturday.

Oklahoma also has reported new secondary violations, including
exceeding a 20-hour practice week during their preparations for a
Friday night game at Tulsa in September. Instead of giving players
their usual day off on the Sunday before the game, the Sooners
practiced for three hours.

The NCAA counted the practice session toward the end of the
previous week, when the Sooners had already practiced Monday
through Friday, and that pushed Oklahoma to 22 hours of practice
for the week. Oklahoma had intended for the practice to count
toward the following week, when players were given off the Saturday
and Sunday after the game.

The football staff also reported secondary violations that
occurred when:

" One impermissible call apiece was made to two walk-on players.

" One impermissible call was made to a junior in high school.

" A former player was given apparel to distribute to friends and

" A current football player received a ticket to a pro basketball
game from a barber.

Other secondary violations reported by the university include
violations by the women's golf, women's tennis, softball and track

The documents released Friday also included an exchange between
the university and the NCAA about two student-athletes who
attempted to transfer to Oklahoma but were turned away after the
university discovered they had allegedly tried to gain hardship
waivers by altering information on their former school's Web site.