The status of defensive linebacker Frank Shannon was in question for the Oklahoma Sooners heading into the 2014 college football season. Shannon was the star in the linebacker corps returning, but a sexual assault charge in the offseason put his entire OU career in jeopardy. According to NewsOK on Monday, Frank Shannon is included in the Oklahoma Sooners 2014 football media guide released at Big 12 Media Days.
The alleged sexual assault took place in January. The charges implicated Shannon of sexually assaulting a female student in his apartment off campus after the season ended. However, in April, the Cleveland County District Attorney announced that there would be no sexual assault charges filed against the Oklahoma Sooners linebacker. The decision to not file charges was made weeks before they announced it.
According to reports, the sexual assault charges were never filed because the woman asked for them not to. There was also facts presented that made it clear that no charges should be filed. There remain questions about what actually happened in January, but the fact remains that the woman did not want Shannon prosecuted. Despite the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office not filing charges, the NCAA requires the University of Oklahoma to run their own internal investigation.
The Oklahoma Sooners refused to release any information about their internal investigation. According to the team, the outcome and possible punishment has not been decided on. However, the fact that Frank Shannon was included in the Oklahoma Sooners 2014 football media guide at Big 12 Media Days shows that the evidence wasn’t enough to kick Shannon off the football team. Shannon didn’t take part in the spring Red-White game and missed many spring practices as the investigation was conducted.
Frank Shannon led the Oklahoma Sooners with 92 tackles in 2013. He is expected to anchor the linebacker corps for the 2014 Sooners, depending on whether he faces a suspension or not. Shannon is a junior.