According to ESPN
, Oklahoma has suspended starting linebacker Frank Shannon for one year, but the punishment has not gone into effect yet.
Shannon was found guilty of violating Oklahoma's sexual misconduct policy, but has the right to appeal the ruling to a district court, which would be the reason why the university would be unable to enforce its decision at the moment.
According to a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained in April by The Oklahoman, a female Oklahoma student accused Shannon of sexually assaulting her at an off-campus apartment in January. The Cleveland County district attorney's office declined to prosecute the case, noting the alleged victim didn't want to press charges. But under federal law, the university was obligated to conduct its own internal investigation.
Shannon led the Sooners with 92 tackles last season.