The Oklahoma Sooners have championship aspirations in 2014, but the defense will be without starting linebacker Frank Shannon for a full year, per an announcement by school president David Boren.
Oklahoma announces that LB Frank Shannon has been suspended from the school for one year.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 11, 2014
Title IX panel’s decision was to suspend #Sooners LB Frank Shannon for 1 year. Under appeal
— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) August 11, 2014
— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) August 11, 2014
Shannon was involved in sexual assault allegations this spring, but the accuser had decided to move on without pressing charges. The University, however, continued to investigate the allegations:
The University of Oklahoma’s Title IX office outlines the process for investigating and ruling on sexual misconduct charges on its website.
When a complaint is received, the sexual misconduct office begins an investigation, which is completely independent of any criminal proceedings. In Shannon’s case, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn declined to file charges. Under federal law, though, a university is still obligated to conduct its own investigation.
Shannon is listed in the Oklahoma media guide which included a line about the linebacker’s prospects for the 2014 season, giving fans hope that he may be eligible. However, with this announcement, it appears that he will wait until 2015 to hit the field again. Shannon led the Sooners defense with 92 tackles last season. Reports are that he will appeal the suspension.