Sooners Meet Media in San Antonio

7-23-07 -- Oklahoma isn't looking for sympathy. The Sooners' latest run-in with the NCAA is nothing compared to what they overcame last season.

This month, the NCAA ruled that the Sooners must vacate eight victories from the 2005 season and cut two scholarships for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. The sanctions stem from the case involving quarterback Rhett Bomar and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn, who were kicked off the team in August for being paid for work they didn't perform at a car dealership.

"It's a new chapter. We go through something every year, it seems like," junior receiver Malcolm Kelly said Monday, the start of the Big 12's media days. "I guess that's part of the game, the way things are supposed to be. They keep throwing it at us and we keep taking it."

The Sooners held a team meeting the day after the NCAA's ruling. It's hardly been mentioned since.

"Now, everybody's really moved on," senior tight end Joe Jon Finley said. "There's nothing you can do about it. We're just looking forward to this season."

The school is appealing the ruling, mainly to get back the eight wins. Even if the NCAA shoots down the appeal, Coach Bob Stoops doesn't think it will hurt his program at all.

"There's nothing there that would inhibit us from continuing to win championships," Stoops said. "Most of the penalties are, to me, in the past. In the end, there's nothing there we can't overcome."


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