OU football: Lincoln Riley says 'process is still ongoing' with suspended Sooners
NORMAN — OU coach Lincoln Riley offered no update on the status of suspended players Trejan Bridges, Rhamondre Stevenson and Ronnie Perkins when asked on the Big 12 teleconference if Riley expected the trio back for Saturday’s game at TCU (11 a.m., ABC).
“That process is still ongoing,” Riley said. “It’s yet to be determined.”
That’s virtually the same answer Riley has given any time he’s been asked about the players since they were suspended before last season’s Peach Bowl after failing an NCAA drug test. Sources have said all three tested positive for marijuana.
The NCAA mandates a half-season suspension for a first-time offense. That would keep them out through Saturday’s game, returning for the Oct. 31 game at Texas Tech.
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There was some hope that the NCAA would reduce the suspensions due to the shortened schedule this season, but that seems unlikely.
Perkins’ situation is more unclear than the other two.
Perkins was granted an appeal earlier this month but steps needed to be completed before he could regain eligibility and were not.
The defensive end traveled with the Sooners to face Iowa State on Oct. 3 but did not play in the immediate wake of the ruling and then did not travel for the game against Texas.