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UPDATE: 8/11/4 -  University of Oklahoma President, David Boren, announced that OU starting linebacker Frank Shannon be suspended for one year.

This matter has been part of an internal disciplinary process and consisted of a hearing involving faculty and staff.

The recommended suspension was handed down from that internal review.

The University says it is taking every step to enforce it but hasn't as of Monday, August 11, 2014.

Shannon is appealing this decision.


NORMAN 4/16/14  When Oklahoma starting linebacker Frank Shannon didn't play in last weekend's annual "Red-White" Spring Game, people were suprised. Asked about his absence afterwards, Sooners head coach Bob Stoops told the media that Shannon was held out while he worked through "some personal issues". Now perhaps, we know what those "issues" are.

A female student is accusing Shannon of sexual assault at his Norman residence earlier this year, something sources told NewsChannel 4 about in mid-February. We tried to confirm the incident with at least one OU coach who, at the time, said he hadn't heard of anything involving the junior from Dallas, TX.

According to a published report, Shannon hasn't been arrested or charged and the Norman Police Department says they are investigating. Shannon was one of the Sooners leading tacklers last season, including the Sugar Bowl victory against Alabama and the 6-1, 235-lb. starter is being counted on to anchor the Oklahoma defense again this fall.

So far there has been no comment nor any confirmation of this story from the OU athletic department.