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Thursday, August 31, 2006

More Players With Infractions Heading To Division AA Play

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Former Oklahoma offensive lineman J.D. Quinn enrolled at Montana Wednesday with plans to walk on to the football team, school officials announced.

Montana is a Division I-AA school where he would be eligible to play if the NCAA reinstates him.

Quinn, a sophomore, was dismissed from the Oklahoma football team earlier this month for violating NCAA rules by receiving pay for more hours than he worked at a car dealership.

Starting quarterback Rhett Bomar was dismissed from the Sooners' squad for the same reason and since has enrolled at Sam Houston State, another Division I-AA school.

"J.D. has paid a heavy price for a mistake that he made at the University of Oklahoma," said Griz coach Bobby Hauck. "He lost his academic aid and opportunity to play football there and will walk on to our team and try to earn a scholarship."

The 6-foot-3, 296-pound Quinn, of Garland, Texas, was projected to be a starting guard at Oklahoma after starting four games last season.

"I would like to thank coach Hauck and his staff, and the people of Montana, for giving me a second chance to fix a bad situation that I created at Oklahoma," Quinn said. "I am looking forward to playing football for the Grizzlies and I hope that happens soon."

Montana athletic director Jim O'Day said the school will continue to educate boosters and student-athletes on acceptable practices.

"This situation gives us all an opportunity to reflect on how damaging rule infractions can be to a program and a student athlete," O'Day said.

Quinn said he hopes to begin practicing with the Griz next Monday.


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