Sooner is now

Current Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards is most famous for one his post-game tirades in which he stressed the famous quote, “You play to win the game.” Hopefully after Monday’s events in Huntsville, Rhett Bomar can deliver on those sentiments for the Bearkats.

Sam Houston State University snagged perhaps one of the most talented quarterbacks in the nation on Monday when Bomar enrolled for classes. Head coach Todd Whitten was unavailable for comment on whether or not Bomar would be starting by opening day.

Bomar and former teammate J.D. Quinn were dismissed from the Oklahoma Sooners football program after violating NCAA work rules by accepting payment for more work than they had performed.

Director of Athletics Bobby Williams and Head Football Coach Todd Whitten announced Bomar’s decision to attend Sam Houston State Monday.

“This is a unique situation and we look forward to assisting Rhett in continuing his education and athletic career. We will begin the restatement process for Rhett with the NCAA as soon as possible,” Williams said. “There is no exact time table for how long this process will take, but we will do everything possible to expedite the procedure.”

The 6-2, 215 pound quarterback from Grand Prairie, earned “Most Valuable Player” honors in last year’s Holiday Bowl where he led the Sooners to victory over Oregon. Bomar led Oklahoma to victories over Kansas State, Kansas, Baylor, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State during the regular season.

“We’re happy to welcome Rhett as a Bearkat,” Whitten said. “He is a good student and a good athlete and we are glad to have him here in the program.”

Transfer quarterbacks have had success at Sam Houston State before. Chris Chaloupka (Oklahoma State), Josh M Cown (SMU) and Dustin Long (Texas A&M) all became Southland Conference “Players of the Year” for the Bearkats. Chaloupka passed for 2,503 yards and 21 touchdowns in 1999. McCown and Long both earned NCAA Division I-AA All-America honors in 2001 and 2004, respectively, leading Sam Houston to Southland Conference titles and the I-AA national playoffs.

Bomar had also been rumored to the University of Houston and Stephen F. Austin.

(This story was contributed to by Sports Information Department)

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