Oklahoma football might already be feeling effects of the racial chant that caused a fraternity to be banned from campus.
Four-star offensive line recruit Jean Delance announced Monday he was decommiting from the Sooners and reopening his recruitment.
Delance originally committed to the Sooners in November, but has seen his stock rise in recent months and several more offers from FBS programs have rolled in. Texas and Texas A&M are considered the frontrunners for the Mesquite, Texas product.
It’s no coincidence that Delance’s decommitment for “personal reasons” came a day after a video surfaced that depicted an Oklahoma fraternity participating in a racial chant. That fraternity was banned from campus on Monday amid protests, which included several football players and coach Bob Stoops.
Bob Przybylo tweeted that he spoke to Delance, who said the video played a role in the decision.
A day before the video was posted to the Internet, Delance posted a couple pictures from a trip to Oklahoma, including a shot of him, his mother and Stoops.
However, Delance noted to SoonerScoop.com that Oklahoma coaches asked if he was still committed after he expressed interest in visiting other schools. Delance said he reaffirmed his commitment to Stoops and assistants Lincoln Riley and Bill Bedenbaugh.
While the football team showed solidarity in standing up against the racist incident and the swift action by Oklahoma president David Boren to disband the fraternity was commendable, it’s clear the football program is going to have to do some major damage control to separate the university from a rogue group of students.
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