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Post Big news out of Oklahoma

Wednesday August 2, 2006

A lot of people are already all over the news that Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar has been dismissed from the team, allegedly for receiving "payment over an extended period of time in excess of time actually worked".

Certainly this story has implications everywhere from the national title hunt to the Heisman to at the very least the struggle for control of the Big 12 South.

The story demonstrates that discussions of amateurism and eligibility aren’t necessarily black-and-white. Of course we want student-athletes to work in order to earn spending money just like any other student. On the other hand, we don’t want rogue boosters paying them $10k+ for work they didn’t do. So we have oversight and rules. But it can (and should) be argued that this is much more a question of competitive fairness than it is about amatuerism.

Side note…it’s good to see Mark Schlabach in the middle of the story. He’s one of the better college football journalists (vs. columnists) out there.

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