HUNTSVILLE- Rhett Bomar, who transferred to Sam Houston State University from the University of Oklahoma in August, will be eligible to play quarterback for the Bearkats for the 2007 season, the NCAA reinstatement staff announced today.
The NCAA handed down a one-year suspension for Bomar for rules violations at Oklahoma. The Grand Prairie product passed for 2,018 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman quarterback for the Sooners in 2005. He was been practicing with the Bearkat football team this fall waiting to hear on his reinstatement petition.
“Our concern at this time is for Rhett Bomar and his family. After more than two months of uncertainly, we are ready to bring closure to this situation,” Sam Houston State Director of Athletics Bobby Williams said. “After the initial reactions to the NCAA’s decision have been considered, we will leave it up to Rhett when and if he wishes to speak publicly about his situation.
“Since Rhett chose to come to Sam Houston State, our goal has been to do everything we can to assist Rhett in continuing his education and athletic career.”
The quarterback, 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. Bomar has two years of eligibility remaining and will be able to play for Sam Houston State in both 2007 and 2008.
“Rhett has fit in well with the team here at Sam Houston,” Bearkat head coach Todd Whitten said. “Obviously, we would have liked for him to able to play in games this season. But, with his experience working with the squad this fall and spring training ahead next year, we look forward to having him as a Bearkat for the next two seasons.”
“I am happy to get this behind me. I look forward to having the opportunity to represent Sam Houston State,” Bomar said. “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.”