Oklahoma’s top tackler suspended for the season
Linebacker Frank Shannon is no longer a member of the Oklahoma Sooners. Shannon was suspended by the school for a year, according to a release from Oklahoma University president David Boren.
Shannon led the Sooners last season with 92 total tackles and helped solidify a defensive front seven which struggled in recent years.
The linebacker remained an active member of the Oklahoma football team, while the investigation into an alleged sexual assault continued. The university changed course after an internal investigation was completed.
Even with the university’s decision to suspend Shannon, this may not be the end of story. Shannon, a junior, retains the right to appeal the school’s decision.
“The University followed a very stringent process with both sides, and under the Administrative Procedure Act both sides have an ability to appeal any decision reached by the University to a district court,” Oklahom’s open records officer Michael Purcell told The Oklahoman‘s Jason Kersey last week. “The University takes very seriously its obligation in cases like this. Under federal law, since this matter is still pending, the University cannot release further information.”
(Hat tip: ESPN.com’s Jake Trotter)