Following a Title IX sexual misconduct investigation and sitting out the 2014 season, Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon is now back with the program and practicing with the team. He addressed the media Tuesday for the first time since his suspension.
He was to talk only football-related issues, but did address that the suspension is behind him now.
“It was pretty tough,” Shannon said of his suspension (via Jason Kersey of NewsOK.com). “But at the same time, I always knew I was gonna come back. I just paid attention to a lot of the games while I was at home. Recorded a lot of games, watched them. I still had a playbook, so I looked over my plays.”
Shannon, a 6’1”, 238-pound senior from Dallas, was found to have been responsible for sexually assaulting a female student at his his off-campus apartment in January of 2014. He has maintained his innocence and the woman never pressed charges. Under Title IX laws, the school had to conduct an investigation.
While on suspension, Shannon took classes at the University of North Texas and worked out to keep in shape.
Shannon is coming off a 2013 season in which he recorded 82 tackles, two sacks and one interception.