Reaction mixed to OU football player suspension

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NORMAN, Okla. — News of four OU football players being suspended from the team is not sitting well on the Norman campus.

Junior receivers Trey Franks and Jaz Reynolds, sophomore receiver Kameel Jackson and sophomore defensive back Quentin Hayes have been benched indefinitely for violating team rules.

The specific reasons for these suspensions were not given.

OU officials had no further comment Thursday.

Both the Norman police and OU campus police said they have not arrested these players but Sooners fans are not pleased.

“For so many people to keep getting suspended, the program probably needs to be looked into a little bit more,” Kyle Chancey said.

“If injuries aren’t enough, we have suspensions on top of that,” student Kyle Mattingly said. “It just kills a football program like this.”

Still, some are saying good riddance.

“If they’re behaving badly, then they’re probably going to hurt the team in the long run,” student Brandt Huddle said. “So it’s probably best just to suspend them.”

“He’s (Head Coach Bob Stoops) cleaning, getting rid of the bad apples from the program,” The Sports Animal radio host Al Eschbach said.

He points out Reynolds and Franks have served prior suspensions for violating team rules.

When Jackson posted a message on Twitter that he was transferring to Texas A&M earlier, officials there reportedly denied offering him a scholarship.

“Can you imagine that,” Eschbach asked. “Texas A&M goes, ‘What? We don’t want this guy!’ They (OU) are so lucky (senior Quarterback) Landry Jones is back. If Landry Jones wasn’t back and they had a new quarterback working with new receivers, it would be a disaster.”

But Eddie Radosevich said OU’s wide receivers recruiting class was the best ever, so all championship hopes are not lost.

“I think if you look at the guys that are coming in and you look at the talent that’s coming in, you would think that they could be right where they usually are at the end of the season,” he said.

Although the suspensions were labeled “indefinite,” Eschbach said he would be surprised if any of the players were allowed back on the team.

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