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Oklahoma questions car dealership on who used cars

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The University of Oklahoma asked an
attorney for a Norman car dealership to provide a list of players
who used vehicles from the dealership during an investigation that
resulted in the dismissal of two players from the school's football
team.

The university released two pages of documents Friday after an
open records request by The Associated Press. The documents are a
letter from the university's legal counsel, Joseph Harroz Jr., to
Jeff Atkins, an attorney for David Hudiburg, the current owner of
Big Red Sports and Imports, and an attachment to that letter.

In the letter, dated Sept. 5, Harroz asks Atkins to require two
employees be made available to interview with university officials.
It said that OU had no reason to believe the employees were
involved in any NCAA violations but that their testimony was needed
"to clarify and confirm our current understanding of the relevant
facts of the matter."

Among the documents requested in the attachment to the letter
are the dealership's service records for an unknown number of
people; tax forms, paycheck stubs and-or timesheets from 2005
and-or 2006 for 10 student-athletes; and "names of football
student-athletes who have made purchases from Big Red, driven Big
Red vehicles and-or had their vehicles serviced by Big Red."

The names on the list of requested documents were redacted.

In an earlier investigation, OU had looked into the
circumstances by which tailback Adrian Peterson bought a car and
then returned it to the dealership several weeks later. The
university determined the arrangement did not violate NCAA
regulations.

OU athletic department spokesman Kenny Mossman said the
university had no comment on the documents released Friday.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops kicked two players -- starting
quarterback Rhett Bomar and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn -- off the
team on Aug. 2 after an investigation revealed the two broke NCAA
rules through their employment at Big Red. Hudiburg bought the
dealership in April, after the alleged violations occurred, and
Atkins has said that no Oklahoma players have worked at the
dealership since Hudiburg became its owner.

Bomar has transferred to Sam Houston State and Quinn has
transferred to Montana. The NCAA has ruled they must sit out one
season and lose a season of eligibility.

The NCAA told the university in October that it had officially
begun an investigation into the alleged violations by Bomar and
Quinn. The NCAA had told the university that it hoped to finish its
work by Nov. 1.