Defensive back Hatari Byrd has been dismissed from Oklahoma for unspecified violations of team rules, according to what longtime Sooners coach Bob Stoops said to OUDaily.
A former four-star recruit from Fresno, California, Byrd leaves Norman with two years of eligibility remaining, and Stoops confirmed that he will indeed transfer to another program. Per NCAA bylaws, he will have to sit out the upcoming season. In his time with the Sooners, Byrd had 49 tackles and a forced fumble.
But the fact of the matter is that Byrd was known more for his issues on and off the field than he was for his play on it. After Oklahoma defeated Tennessee in Knoxville early last season, he was caught on camera giving the finger to the fans. Months before that, he was cited on drug and alcohol charges.
Long story short, it seems that Stoops just ran out of patience with Byrd, though it has not yet been made public just what the final straw was. Be sure to stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on this story!
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