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December 23, 2006

Top 10 Sports Stories of 2006: Bomar becomes a Bearkat

Dismissed from Oklahoma, talented QB finds new home in Huntsville

This past season, the Sam Houston State football team was making headlines across the country, and it had nothing to do with what was happening on the field.

All the attention swirled around former Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar and his decision to transfer to SHSU on Aug. 28 after being dismissed from the Sooners program because of an NCAA violation.

He and former Sooners teammate J.D. Quinn were dismissed from Oklahoma on Aug. 3 after a university investigation revealed both had received pay for hours not worked at a Norman, Okla., car dealership.

After looking around some, Bomar decided to go the Division I-AA route because he would have had to sit out a year on top of the suspension he received had he transferred to another I-A school.

“It was a tough decision. I considered everything — Division I, Division I-AA and things like that — but based on waiting for the NCAA to make a decision, I just wanted to play some football this year,” Bomar said the day he enrolled at SHSU.

Bomar considered transferring to several universities, including the University of Houston, Stephen F. Austin and North Texas, but in the end SHSU was the school that landed the nation’s top recruit in 2004.

Unfortunately for the Bearkats, Bomar never stepped on the field this fall because the NCAA suspended him for the season on Nov. 1. The NCAA reinstatement staff ruled that Bomar had to sit out a season, lose a year of eligibility and pay back thousands of dollars in improper pay as part of being reinstated.

“I am happy to get this behind me,” Bomar said in a prepared statement released by the SHSU athletics department. “I look forward to having the opportunity to represent Sam Houston State.

“Right now my top priority is seeing this team win some football games. This decision today will help take the focus off me and put the focus on the team.”

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