, Muskogee, OK


June 6, 2014

OU caravan notes

Shannon still with the team: OU head football coach Bob Stoops said inside linebacker Frank Shannon is still working out with the team, but refused to elaborate on his status.

Shannon did not participate in the spring game due to what Stoops called a “personal issue.” It was later revealed that Shannon was under a Title IX investigation by the school for an alleged sexual assault.

The Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges against Shannon, but he could still be expelled from school.

“That’s a process that’s still ongoing. That’s it,” Stoops said.

All clear: The Sooners had at least 12 potential starters on the sidelines for April’s spring game due to injuries. Summer workouts begin on Monday. Stoops said all players have been cleared to participate.

“Everybody is back working out. I don’t think anyone hasn’t been. So, they’re all good,” he said.

Moving signing day?: Some college coaches would like to move up football’s signing from February to December. Stoops said there is merit to that argument..

“Every young man's different in his commitment and what he wants, so I do think there's a great value in having one because more and more players are coming at mid year,” he said. “Some people have had six-eight guys step in at mid year. Well, those high school kids ought to have a chance to sign so they have their moment in the sun and their signing period Dec. 19-20 whatever it is, coordinate it around the junior college signing. That, to me, makes the most sense. They ought to have the opportunity to do that if they want and if they don't you wait until February.”

Cousins due to return on Monday: Kruger said he has talked to guard Isaiah Cousins several times in the last two weeks, but will see him in person for the first time since the guard suffered a gunshot wound in the shoulder next week. Cousins is expected to make a full recovery. The incident happened when Cousins returned home to White Plains, N.Y., following the spring semester.

“It turned out, if it’s going to happen I guess, it turned out as well as it could have in terms of long range anyhow but it’s just a reminder that wrong place, wrong time and not good results can happen,” Kruger said.

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