|10-14-2006, 07:12 AM||#1|
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The Oklahoma Investigation begins
NORMAN, Okla. -- The NCAA has officially begun an investigation into alleged violations by former Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn that led to the players' dismissal from the team.
In a letter to university president David Boren released Friday by the university after an open records request by The Associated Press, NCAA director of enforcement Julie Roe informs Oklahoma of the investigation and tells the university it hopes to finish its work by Nov. 1.
"At this time, the possible violations primarily involve excessive earnings provided to student-athletes employed by a representative of the institution's athletics interests," Roe writes in the letter dated Sept. 20. "However, please note that new information is often developed during an investigation that leads to expanded inquiries."
According to the letter, Roe and assistant director of enforcement Jeff Myers will process the case. The NCAA's Committee on Infractions would take over if the investigation results in a notice of allegations against Oklahoma.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has said the players were dismissed for "knowingly" breaking NCAA rules. The university has said the players "received extra compensation above that to which they were entitled related to their employment at a private business," and a subsequent report to the NCAA identified that business as Norman car dealership Big Red Sports and Imports.
Since the time of the violations, the dealership has changed ownership. Bomar has transferred to Sam Houston State and Quinn has transferred to Montana.
Oklahoma associate athletic director for communications Kenny Mossman said athletic director Joe Castiglione would not comment on the investigation.
Among other documents released Friday were a log of seven football players who worked at Big Red during the 2003-04 academic year and 10 football players who worked at the dealership in 2004-05. All of the athletes' names have been redacted from the logs as well as from their pay stubs from the dealership and tax forms.
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