If you're a Sooner and you're freaking out over a Switzerian outbreak of cheating at your school, we're not going to talk you in off the ledge.
It's bad. Barry, Barry bad. Losing the starting quarterback and a starting offensive lineman a month before kickoff can't be couched any other way.
|Rhett Bomar passed for 2,018 yards and 10 TDs for Oklahoma last season. (Getty Images)|
This time it's not the I Love The '80s version of OU -- guns and cocaine -- it's fawning groupies and players with their hands out.
Has much changed?
We do know that Bob Stoops feels your pain, OU fan. No matter how this plays out on the talk shows, the Oklahoma coach was duped. Rhett Bomar didn't need the money he reportedly received for doing little work at a Norman car dealership.
After jettisoning his quarterback, that has to be what hurts most. The stupid-(bleep) kid didn't have to do it. This wasn't a case of paying rent or buying groceries.
This was Rhett Bomar trying to be a BMOC, just because he could.
Stoops worried out loud again last week at Big 12 media days. Agents and their runners going after his star players is one of his biggest concerns. His No. 2 worry should be car dealers located a couple of miles from his office greasing their palms.
Players getting paid for work they didn't do at Oklahoma is nothing new. If Google doesn't do it for you, just read The Undefeated by Jim Dent.
At times it has been really great to be a Sooner.
When you calm down, OU fan, one of your first questions should be, what was the last top 10 team to lose its quarterback to an indiscretion this close to the season?
Ohio State. Last year. Troy Smith was suspended for last year's opener for taking $500 from a booster. Suspended. So why did Stoops take the radical move of booting both players off the team?
Because he was p.o.'ed most of all. One source described Bomar's conduct as "deception." The school just as easily could have declared both players ineligible, suspended them for a game or two and made them pay back the money they allegedly took.
Stoops knows that his move could ruin the Sooners' season. Well, guess what, it cuts both ways. By taking the money, Bomar and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn just ruined their college careers. Have fun in the Sun Belt or I-AA, guys. You're poison to any self-respecting AD now.
Make no mistake, this was Stoops' call. The administration stood firmly behind him knowing this could wreck the season. That administration -- most visibly AD Joe Castiglione -- still cringes at OU's renegade reputation.
This won't help it. Kelvin Sampson just bolted town with the NCAA hot on his heels. Because of that, he damaged the job itself, arguably limiting the candidates Castiglione could attract.
You can argue that Stoops and/or his staff should have known. You can also argue he took the highest road possible, putting the dignity of the program ahead of winning games.