Last year was a chaotic one for Oklahoma, both on and off the field. Among the more dramatic sagas was that of linebacker Frank Shannon.
After Shannon was found guilty of violating the school's Title IX sexual assault policy, Oklahoma took its case to the Oklahoma Supreme Court to enforce his one-year suspension. Shannon, who maintained his innocence, fought the ruling for awhile. But eventually, he acquiesced to the suspension.
Despite the tension with the school, Shannon remained at Oklahoma. And next week, he will rejoin the Sooners on the practice field.
"Personally I feel like that's a heck of a thing for him to make that decision to come back," Oklahoma inside linebackers coach Tim Kish told the Tulsa World's Guerin Emig. "That was a tough time for him. He served his sentence and ultimately ended up having the opportunity to make a decision to come back, and I couldn't be more happy that he decided to finish out here."
It will be interesting to see what impact Shannon will make for a defense that returns its entire linebacking corps from last season, in starters Dominique Alexander, Jordan Evans and Eric Striker, as well as top reserve Devante Bond.
Still, Shannon was an impact performer for the Sooners two years ago. He led Oklahoma and ranked seventh in the Big 12 with 92 tackles.
At the very least, he will make the linebacking corps even deeper. But if he reaches his 2013 form, the Sooners will have another quality defender.