Oklahoma's Frank Shannon must serve suspension


The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld Oklahoma University's suspension of linebacker Frank Shannon, according to The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey. The court ruled that district judge Tracy Schumacher erred in granting Shannon a stay that allowed him to remain in school and practice with the team while the case was reviewed.

Shannon was accused of a sexual assault at his apartment in January, but the alleged victim declined to press charges, as did the Cleveland County District Attorney's office. The school came to its punishment under its policy on sexual misconduct. However, a Title IX complaint triggered an internal investigation which put Shannon's status in question. Shannon's attorney subsequently criticized the school's stance.

Shannon led the Sooners in tackles in 2013 as a junior with 92, including seven tackles for loss.

Shannon is one of three Oklahoma players accused of violence of some kind against women, along with wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who was legally cleared but dismissed from Missouri, and freshman running back Joe Mixon. Green-Beckham was accepted as a transfer to Oklahoma, while Mixon has been charged after allegedly punching a female at a restaurant near OU. The school has suspended Mixon for a year.

Oklahoma (2-0) plays host to Tennessee Saturday (8 p.m. ET, ABC).

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