Posted by Chip Patterson
Oklahoma has been in headlines this week with their self-reported secondary violations caused by excessive offseason workouts. So I guess they figured that everyone would be distracted when the Sooners dropped a suspicious note about starting cornerback Jamell Fleming on Friday. The athletic department issued a release stating that Fleming is not currently enrolled at Oklahoma and will not be participating in spring practices.
"We're hopeful that Jamell can work through the things he's facing and resume his college career," head coach Bob Stoops said in the release. The schools did not offer any other details on Fleming's academic or athletic status, though the star cornerback does have one year of football eligibility remaining.
Fleming led the Sooners with five interceptions in 2010, and his 14 pass breakups were among the most in the nation. With Oklahoma entering the 2011 season as an early Big 12 (and possibly national) title favorite, this could be a big blow for the Sooners. The situation is referred to as a "personal matter," so his return to the field in the fall is still possible. However, the phrase "personal matter" could encompass any number of off-field issues. When Fliming resumes his college career, the extent of the "issues" will likely impact whether he returns to the field. If he does not, Fleming's promising career with the Sooners may be ending just as fast as it started.