Oklahoma Refuses to Honor FB Scholarship

Oklahoma is refusing to honor the football scholarship offer made to Matt Beyer, a recruit who learned he had a career ending condition:

Beyer said he was born with the condition, which, according to WebMD.com, causes the spinal canal to narrow and leads to the compression of nerve roots where they leave the spinal cord.

If Beyer had continued playing, there was a chance for permanent quadriplegia down the line, he said doctors had told him.

The explanation OU gave to Beyer is that he is just a verbal commit, as opposed to Laith Harlow, who was a signee when a back injury ended his career. That makes a certain bit of logical sense, because a verbal commitment is not really a commitment on anyone’s part.

But it is not like Beyer will decommit and jump to another school. And as in similar cases, the scholarship would be a permanent medical noncounter, so it would not come out of the football team’s 85 scholarships. Seems odd that Oklahoma would not build some goodwill by honoring the scholarship.