Sooners' Gridiron Program Takes a Hit

The Oklahoma football program is taking a hit. The Sooners have been ordered to erase their eight wins from the 2005 season and forfeit two scholarships for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years.

The penalties announced by the NCAA stem from a case involving two players who were kicked off the team for being paid for work they had not performed at a Norman car dealership. One of them was Oklahoma's starting quarterback.

The NCAA says Oklahoma was guilty of a "failure to monitor" the employment of the players. The university says it will appeal the "failure to monitor" finding and the ruling that Oklahoma must erase the wins from the 2005 campaign.

The Sooners went 8-4 and beat Oregon in the Holiday Bowl to end the 2005 season.

Coach Bob Stoops' career record will be amended to reflect the forfeitures, dropping it from 86-19 in eight seasons to 78--27.

Oklahoma also will have two years of probation added to an earlier penalty, extending it to May of 2010.


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