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August 03, 2006

Bomar gone at OU: OU starting QB and a starting OL are kicked off the team permenantly for allegedly taking payments from a job and not actually doing the work.

posted by scottypup to football at 08:33 AM - 33 comments

This seems to happen too often. Especially in the last 3 years. Players doing wrong things and getting caught. If you are going to do them then don't get caught and if you are too stupid not to get caught don't do it.

posted by kidrayter2005 at 09:55 AM on August 03

I listened to the story last night, and I heard a sports caster say what I think to be the truth. If Bomar and Quinn were getting paid, then there has to be more as well. Heck Peterson is the best player on that team and I think that if those two were getting paid more people are going down as well.

posted by DallasFan at 10:01 AM on August 03

I thought Bomar was getting paid for a job that he wasn't actually doing.

posted by tim at 10:10 AM on August 03

According to a local Tulsa station Bomar worked maybe 10-15 hours and received several thousand dollars payment.

posted by scottypup at 10:15 AM on August 03

"worked maybe 10-15 hours and received several thousand dollars payment." Sounds like he's ready for the NFL to me.

posted by pholcomb at 10:40 AM on August 03

I immediately sent my resume to the dealership he was working at. Since he isn't working there anymore I want that job.

posted by scottypup at 10:45 AM on August 03

Supposedly Bomar and Quinn (roommates)..Would go clock in at the dealership in the mornings,clock in leave and go about their business through the day and then go back in the afternoon and clock out. They knew better, the dealership knew better, should be enough punishment for all to go around.

posted by sooner10 at 11:46 AM on August 03

Im suprised that they got caught. If your going to do something stupid, then be slick about it. It seems to me like it would be very hard to get caught doing something like that, but apparently not.

posted by redsoxrgay at 11:50 AM on August 03

He was getting paid for a 40 hour week when actually working 10-15 hours. I agree it was a stupid thing to do. They had to know that it would get out eventually. Maybe after he had graduated or left for the NFL. Did I say graduated? We all know that is a rare thing with college athletes.

posted by dbt302 at 12:00 PM on August 03

I feel sorry for the people that own the dealership now. They are not the same people who owned it when all this was going on, yet they've been getting death threats and calls to boycott and all that.

posted by scottypup at 01:00 PM on August 03

Yeah. He worked a minimal amount of hours and received far too much pay. $18000 for a summer of work is a lot of cash for a college student. I hardly believe they're the only two. Hearing how brazenly people talk about this kind of corruption as just "how things are done around here" is indicative of a much bigger problem. It's like hearing those close to Italian soccer talk about how their scandals are simply a part of life. And scotty is right... Big Red (the car dealership) is owned by a completely different ownership group now and they're the ones who actually blew the whistle on this whole thing. People who are mad at them are mad at the wrong group of people.

posted by igottheblues at 01:12 PM on August 03

Well, they did tattle. Cushy jobs for athletes is a pretty common phenomenon. Lots of them get good paying jobs (from boosters and alum) for not a ton of work. The key is to work (i.e. remain at that location) approximately the correct number of hours and get paid an amount that isn't ridiculously more than the average for that type of work.

posted by bperk at 01:18 PM on August 03

The dealership did not have to tattle, Bomar reported the income to the IRS, he paid taxes on it. Even if he did work all the hours there is a limit (if I am not mistaken) on how much an athlete is permited to make over the course of the summer and this was well beyond that. The way this turned up was that Adrian Peterson had tried to purchase a car at that dealership, he did all the paperwork gave them his trade in and drove away, problem is two weeks later they called him and told him his credit did not go through so he took the car back. Then someone said he had been given a car by the dealership so that was being investigated. Turns out that was all very legit, nothing out of line happened on that. however in the course of that investigation this other crap with Bomar and the Quinn (Bomars roomate) turned up. So as soon as Stoops heard about it he kicked them both off the team and called the NCAA himself. Got to admire Stoops for showing that kind of integrity but it really sucks for Oklahoma.

posted by T.C. at 01:34 PM on August 03

Cushy jobs for athletes is a pretty common phenomenon. Lots of them get good paying jobs (from boosters and alum) for not a ton of work. The key is to work (i.e. remain at that location) approximately the correct number of hours and get paid an amount that isn't ridiculously more than the average for that type of work. agreed. Had a cousin who played for a big SEC team in the 80s and one summer job was him and his buddy sitting on a car hood counting the number of cars that went through the stoplight when it was set to green. The difference being, he actually stayed and did the job (no matter how cushy) rather than just leaving and accepting the paycheck which these guys did and got busted for. It's really nothing new. Scholarship athletes aren't allowed to work during the school year (or at least couldn't...not sure if that's still the case) . They do get money to live on, but the guys I played with would get a huge check at the beginning of the semester and blow it all before the end of the year :-) So most schools give them these nice "cushy" summer jobs making good money to help tide them over.

posted by bdaddy at 02:04 PM on August 03

With oil prices hovering near $70 per barrel, I'm sure that there are a lot of other "good summer jobs" being afforded to jocks by alumni in/from Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

posted by mjkredliner at 03:37 PM on August 03

Stupid, what ever happened to good ole cash...oh well.....I know that the former management including owners don't work for Big Red Imports, but what sucks is that the ones that loses is Bomar, Quinn, and their TEAMMATES. I live in OKC and daily their would be commercials with this really annoying guy, I don't know his name, but apparently he got caught taking a lot of money or something when the new owners (Hudiburg) took over. Hudibug claimed yesterday on the news that no OU players have worked their since they took over, basically begging not to be pissed of at him and Big Red. Let me tell you something here in OKC there is a LOT of hard feelings about this whole incident. But don't think just OU players are doing this. You know this is a huge problem, (well I don't know about problem) but big part of college sports. Today Bob Stoops in a media conference was confident and named Paul Thompson the starter and there would be no QB battle. He didn't say Nat'l championship, but he did say conference championship was definitely in his sights. You never know Thompson has been a 4 year backup, he knows the system and his players trust him. Don't give Texas or Tech the Big 12 title yet......this is why they play the games

posted by sgtcookzane at 07:40 PM on August 03

Today Bob Stoops in a media conference was confident and named Paul Thompson the starter and there would be no QB battle. He didn't say Nat'l championship, but he did say conference championship was definitely in his sights. You never know Thompson has been a 4 year backup, he knows the system and his players trust him. Don't give Texas or Tech the Big 12 title yet......this is why they play the games Couldn't agree more. I think Paul Thompson could surprise a lot of people. Only reason he was a WR is because of Bomar and I'm still not sure that was the right choice at the time. I think Thompson should have had the job all along.

posted by commander cody at 08:45 PM on August 03

Ou should have better back-ups. With all the public intoxications Bomar had why pin your hopes on him? Come on coaching staff

posted by jb5211 at 09:25 PM on August 03

A Real Shame

posted by igottheblues at 11:54 PM on August 03

Bomar was really going places. Over last season he really got comfortable and started putting points on the board. Oklahoma was a pre-season favorite, but Bomar put an end to that. He knew he was doing wrong but word is he was a cocky bastard and I guess he didn't think he would get in trouble. Now he has OU under a microscope and it doesn't look like he is going to play football anywhere this year, maybe ever. I hope he doesn't play ever again. He's just a big stupid dumbass. I hope he's good at selling cars because that seems to be the best thing he does, since he's not slingin a football anymore. Anyways, although Thompson had a tough time with TCU last year I think he will be much better this go round. He finally has a full year of playing under his belt, even if it was at receiver. He knows the program well, he just needs to find his groove. With a team like they have this year he won't have trouble posting wins this season. But an early game with Oregon, in Eugene, will test him quick. If he can wrap that up with a W the only other game that should affect them is the Texas game. A W there and Oklahoma is in a BCS bowl game. I still think they have a pretty good shot at their eighth title if Thompson can get comfortable taking snaps.

posted by SoonerLes at 12:09 AM on August 04

There's always lower division football. I could see him maybe going down to Texas and maybe trying to get on at SFA or Texas State.

posted by igottheblues at 12:21 AM on August 04

A Real Shame Now that's funny!

posted by commander cody at 12:24 AM on August 04

OSU grossed $51.8 mil off of football alone last year. The coach of the OSU football team makes $2 mil a year not counting side deals for shoes and what ever other deals he has made. OSU makes money selling shirts with the players names on the back, and the players get no part of that income. The NCAA and the schools make money by selling the players likeness to EA Sports for video games, and the players see none of it. Football is no longer an extra currcular activity, its big business. The NCAA has set up a system under which any player of talent who wants to go to the pro's has to play for an NCAA school for three years. During that time the player is under their thumb. Not allowed to work during the school year, only allowed to make a set amount during the summer. Everyone makes money off the players talent but the player. I would like to know how much the top administrators of the NCAA make. Its a big scandal if a player takes a free pair of shoes, but the coach can take big money from the company who made the shoes. Someone needs to tell the NCAA that Lincoln freed all the slaves.

posted by CB900 at 01:07 AM on August 04

I think that's the wrong comparison to make.

posted by igottheblues at 03:58 AM on August 04

Someone needs to tell the NCAA that Lincoln freed all the slaves. Comparing slavery to college athletics is one of the most outlandish comparisons I've ever heard. I sincerely hope that you were purposely going over the top there, and aren't really dense enough to compare pampered college athletes who are getting a free education to slaves.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:40 AM on August 04

Rhett (frankly my dear, I don't give a damn) Bomar is a horse, highly recruited by schools across the country, was all universe in high school @ Grand Prairie, blah blah blah. Like so many athletes of his stature, rules were "bent" for him, but he has no one to blame but himself. The article igottheblues linked to said "he could have been the best salesman in Big Red Sports & Imports history." Although I think he wll land on his feet at another school, I hope he does't have to find out just how good a salesman he can be without "The Big Man On Campus Tag". From the article:"he just only cares about himself, he showed that." I put some of the onus on the folks that hired him and the ones who were suck-ass enough to buy a car just because Rhett was selling it, as well. Bob Stoops had no qualms about lettin' him go, so adios Rhett, good luck, and keep that car salesman hustle, you may need it.

posted by mjkredliner at 08:25 AM on August 04

What I mean by that is that the NCAA treats college athletes like property. While others are making huge sums of money, the NCAA works overtime to make sure the football players get no more than their basic needs. I have had this arugment more than once. The arugment that is always used is that thay are getting a free college education. But I think we all know that education is secondary to playing football. The NCAA has worked out agreements with the NFL and the NBA under which thay will not take any athletes until after their third year of eligibility. That means the path to the pros means three years of servitude to the NCAA. The number of athletes who actullay get the big payday at the end of the rainbow are just a small percentage. The rest have just donated three years to the NCAA. Again, I was not compareing college athletes to slaves. I was talking about the way the NCAA treats college athletes.

posted by CB900 at 01:30 PM on August 04

Yeah, most of us got that, CB, not to worry, we knew no one would draw that conclusion. I think.

posted by mjkredliner at 01:39 PM on August 04

Yeah, and the ones that don't make it got a free ride through college. They didn't donate there time to the NCAA. They got something free that thousands of people across this country have to pay thousands of dollars for.

posted by kidrayter2005 at 09:53 PM on August 05

An update.

posted by mjkredliner at 08:01 AM on August 09

If he does transfer, doesn't he automatically have to sit out for a year?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:18 AM on August 09

Not sure, but I think you are correct, unless the NCAA grants him some type of exemption.

posted by mjkredliner at 10:07 AM on August 09

If he transfers to a lower division school (possibly not including I-AA) there's no year of eligibility lost.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:02 PM on August 09

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