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August 3, 2006

Bomar, Quinn dismissed

Internal investigation preceded action

On the eve of its first preseason practice, Oklahoma dropped a bombshell Wednesday. Coach Bob Stoops announced two players have been dismissed from the team.

OU officials did not release the names of the players, but sources close to the situation confirmed they are sophomore starting quarterback Rhett Bomar and sophomore offensive lineman J.D. Quinn.

The two are roomates.

Bomar’s father, Jerry Bomar, declined comment when reached by phone Wednesday afternoon.

In a released statement, OU officials said both players were found to have received extra compensation from a private business where they were employed.

“We spend a considerable amount of time addressing our players regarding their personal conduct and the NCAA rules,” Stoops said. “They know exactly what we expect from them. Ultimately, they have to make right decisions. The same holds true for our boosters. When they do not, the consequences are serious, and we will not tolerate this behavior.”

“Our team and University actions are necessary because of the intentional participation and knowledge of the student athletes in these violations,” Stoops said. “I firmly believe that our program is stronger than any individual player and that a championship program cannot compromise its values.”

The violations are believed to have occurred while Bomar and Quinn worked at Norman auto dealership Big Red Sports/ Imports in the fall of 2005.

This is the second time the dealership has been at the center of an OU investigation.

In April, the school looked into standout running back Adrian Peterson’s purchase of a used car before securing financing. Peterson returned the car several weeks later. OU found no violation had occurred because the dealership said it was a normal business practice.

Both investigations occurred while the dealership was owned by Brad McRae and Mike Donohue. David Hudiburg purchased the dealership in April.

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