Recruitment & Retention

University of Oklahoma Recruit Decommits After Racist Video Emerges

By Bryan Toporek — March 12, 2015 1 min read
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Over the weekend, a video of University of Oklahoma fraternity members chanting racist remarks went viral, leading to the school cutting its ties with Sigma Alpha Epsilon entirely.

It also led four-star offensive tackle Jean Delance to decommit from the school Monday, originally citing “personal reasons.”

Delance, a junior at North Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas, originally committed to the Sooners on Nov. 25, per, and attended “Junior Day” at the school this past Saturday. One day later, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon video emerged, and Delance withdrew his commitment less than 24 hours later.

Delance expounded upon his decision to decommit in a conversation with Bleacher Report’s Damon Sayles:

I was disgusted. That's not anything I want to be a part of. I know it's just those few select people, and it's not everybody [at Oklahoma]. It's not like cancer where it's going to spread all over. But specifically, that chant...they couldn't get a couple [of] guys to say, "We can't do that?" I was disgusted.

Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops and multiple players attended an on-campus protest Monday following the emergence of the video.

“It’s sad the ignorance that can still be there with some people,” Stoops told the

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.