Holmes' father says Sooners DB is academically ineligible for Fiesta Bowl

NORMAN, Okla. -- The father of Oklahoma defensive back Lendy Holmes told a Dallas newspaper that his son won't play in the
Fiesta Bowl because of academic ineligibility.

Lendy Holmes Sr. said his son failed to make a passing grade in
one of his classes.

"He needed six grade points to be eligible and he had five,"
Holmes Sr. told The Dallas Morning News on Saturday. "This can be
a life lesson for everybody else. This is what happens if you don't
take care of your businesses."

OU spokesman Kenny Mossman did not return a message Monday
seeking comment.

Holmes, a junior who played safety this season, was expected to
start at cornerback for the Sooners after starter Reggie Smith
broke his toe in the Big 12 Championship game against Missouri.

Redshirt freshman Dominique Franks, who only has three tackles
on the year, is expected to start at corner. Franks is listed as
the backup cornerback on the depth chart behind Marcus Walker, who
starts opposite Smith.