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NCAA: Oklahoma Must Forfeit Vacate 2005 Victories

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Pretty self-explanatory fallout from the LexusGate scandal that cost OU Rhett Bomar and J.D. Quinn last summer, per USA Today:

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma football program must forfeit its wins from the 2005 season and will lose two scholarships for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.

The penalties, announced Wednesday by the NCAA, stem from a case involving two players, including the Sooners' starting quarterback, who were kicked off the team for being paid for work they had not performed at a Norman car dealership.

I'm pretty certain most Oklahoma fans wanted to forget that one, anyway - 8-4, losses to Texas, Texas Tech and TCU, no championships to speak of. Officially, the books will strike Bob Stoops' record from 86-19 to 78-27 78-19 since the eight wins are vacated, not forfeited, though they can't do anything about the lingering nightmares of Vince Young. At least the Association didn't extend Bomar's refund dictate by asking Stoops to pay back the mega salary generated by those dirty* wins.

For introspective outrage, click here, for shameless schadenfreudian jubilance, here.

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* - Actually dirty? No, probably not, in that the coaches likely knew nothing or next to nothing, and Bomar wasn't very good in '05 - this is a show of strength and warning to would-be imitators more than an act of justice. Them's the breaks when you live by the judgments of 19-year-olds, though. First Texas Tech, then Oregon, now the entire freakin' season. The officials are killing the Sooners, man.