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OU running back suspended indefinitely for ‘rules violations’

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NORMAN, Okla. – Much of the Sooners’ season last year was carried on the shoulders of the running backs.

An announcement by the University of Oklahoma on Monday sent a shockwave through many Sooner fans, who are already gearing up for next season.

On Monday, head coach Bob Stoops confirmed that running back Keith Ford has been indefinitely suspended for “academic and team rules violations.”

Stoops didn’t offer any details on Ford’s wrongdoings, but the 5’10,” 200 pound halfback did not suit up for the Sooners’ spring scrimmage on Sunday.

Ford rushed for just under 400 yards on 71 carries and scored five touchdowns for the Sooners in 2014. However, he was in a battle for playing time all season long with freshman Samaje Perine and fellow junior, Alex Ross.

Ford’s biggest issues were nagging injuries, which forced him to miss several games, and ball security, which put him on the sidelines on more than one occasion.

At this point, there is no word on what rules Ford may have violated.

Ford has been removed from the Sooners’ official roster on the school’s website. There is no timetable on his return to the program.

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