Former Oklahoma QB Bomar must sit out season, pay back thousands

Nov 1, 2006 - 10:26 PM INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) - Former Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar will not see the field anytime this season even after transferring to Sam Houston State.

The NCAA on Wednesday ruled that Bomar will have to sit out the 2006-07 season while losing a season of eligibility. He also will have to pay back over $7,000 in improper benefits as part of having his eligibility reinstated.

Currently enrolled at Division I-AA Sam Houston State, Bomar was kicked off Oklahoma's football team by coach Bob Stoops on August 2 after a school investigation revealed the quarterback violated NCAA rules by receiving "extra compensation related to employment at a private business."

Arguably the top quarterback of the high school class of 2004, Bomar redshirted that fall during reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jason White's senior season, then started the final 11 games of the 2005 campaign, passing for 2,018 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

A sophomore, Bomar will have two season of eligibility remaining after meeting requirements for transfers to Division I-AA schools and paying $7,406.88 to a charity of his choice for receiving wages for work not performed from an employer considered a representative of Oklahoma's athletic interests.

Also Wednesday, the NCAA ruled that offensive lineman J.D. Quinn must sit out the season and pay back $8,137.17 to a charity of his choice for receiving wages for work not performed from the same employer. Quinn currently is enrolled at the University of Montana, another I-AA school.

During the investigation, Oklahoma stated that both Bomar and Quinn clocked in and were paid for work they did not perform, including times when they were attending class, eating dinner or at football practice.

"The NCAA reinstatement staff has assessed the facts presented by Oklahoma and agrees with its contention that both Mr. Bomar and Mr. Quinn willfully violated NCAA rules regarding preferential treatment and benefits," NCAA director of membership services and student-athlete reinstatement Jennifer Strawley said.

"The fact that the student-athletes knowingly were paid thousands of dollars for work they did not perform was a significant factor when determining the sanctions," she added.

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