“Our coaching staff knows this was a difficult decision for Ben,” said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. “Ben has been a consummate leader for our team, both on and off the field. We appreciate the toughness that Ben has displayed, and we wish him the very best as he completes his education at OU.”
Habern had the neck surgery in January and missed spring practice because of it. Habern was named to both the Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy watch lists for the 2012 season. He missed five games last season due to a broken arm, but did start all 14 games for the Sooners in 2010 and another nine games in 2009.
While this is a sad end to Habern's career, there was some good news for the Sooners on Wednesday as well.
Wide receivers Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and defensive back Quentin Hayes were all reinstated to the team. The trio had all been removed from their scholarships in June after being suspended in May for violations of team rules.
Obviously, this is very good news for the Oklahoma offense and Landry Jones in particular, as he will have some of his most valuable weapons available to him this season.
As for Kameel Jackson, another wide receiver who had been suspended along with Franks, Reynolds and Hayes, he was never removed from his scholarship but his status with the team is yet to be decided.