Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Frank Shannon (20) celebrates a sack against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Oklahoma Sooners trying to enforce Frank Shannon suspension

Oklahoma has suspended linebacker Frank Shannon for the 2014 season according to university president David Boren as first reported by ESPN Big 12 reporter Jake Trotter.

Shannon was involved in a sexual assault investigation after he was accused of sexual assault in mid-April. He was held out of spring practice as he dealt with “personal issues” and missed the team’s spring game.

Despite the charges not being filed against him from the District Attorney, he was still subject to internal discipline, which was handed down on Monday after an internal investigation.

Boren released the following statement regarding the suspension of Shannon.

“The University of Oklahoma has been asked repeatedly by the media about the outcome of the internal disciplinary proceedings relating to Frank Shannon,” Boren said in the release. “As permitted by Federal privacy laws in matters such as these, the University is allowed to disclose its institutional processes and its final decisions. This process includes the Title IX Office inquiry, a hearing panel comprised of faculty and staff, and an appeal to the chief student affairs officer. This process was completed on June 18th. The final decision of the internal disciplinary process was suspension of the student for one year. Federal privacy law and other legal considerations prohibit me from discussing the case further.”

Shannon can appeal the decision and fight the suspension and it appears that is what he is deciding to do per John Shinn of The Norman Transcript.

The appeal will take place outside the university system, according to Ryan Aber of The Oklahoman.

Currently, Shannon is with the team as he fights the suspension, but all of this is incredibly ugly and distracting for the Sooners who are trying to get ready for the 2014 season and a run at the Big 12 title and a berth in the College Football Playoff.

The junior linebacker led the team in tackles last year with 92 and also recorded seven tackles for loss, two sacks and one interception.

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