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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Oklahoma forfeits 2005 season victories

The NCAA announced today that the Oklahoma football program must forfeit all wins from the 2005 season and will lose scholarships as a result of players being paid for work they had not performed, according to the Associated Press.

Last August, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops dismissed quarterback Rhett Bomar and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn amid allegations that the players had been paid for work they had not performed at a local car dealership. The NCAA later alleged that Oklahoma had failed to adequately monitor the employment of several athletes, including some football players who worked during the academic year.

The NCAA said Oklahoma's "failure to monitor" led to the university not detecting NCAA rules violations.

The Vikings drafted two players who played on that team, running back Adrian Peterson and linebacker Rufus Alexander.

The Sooners were 8-4 in 2005, capping the season with a 17-14 victory over Oregon in the Holiday Bowl.

Bomar started 10 games, throwing 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Peterson gained 1,207 rushing yards and led the team with 14 touchdowns. Alexander led the team with 102 tackles, five sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles.

A call to Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, was not immediately returned.

Agent Doug Hendrickson said of Alexander: "Rufus was a member of the team, but he had absolutely nothing to do with any of the violations that led to today’s punishment."


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