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OU football: Lincoln Riley frustrated with result of Amani Bledsoe's case

Amani Bledsoe’s future at Oklahoma effectively ended in December when a Cleveland County district judge ruled against him in his case against the NCAA. 

The defensive lineman could hear his name called in the later rounds of the NFL Draft this weekend, but OU coach Lincoln Riley voiced his frustration Tuesday with the way Bledsoe's Sooner career finished. 

“This is a kid that during his entire his career was never on one list, never missed a class, never missed a workout,” Riley said on the Big 12 teleconference. “I mean just as good as you can draw him up, did everything right. To see him get the strictest penalty in sports for something that was, the facts of the case — it’s questionable at best — yeah, it’s frustrating.”

Bledsoe tested positive for a banned substance in October 2016. Protein powder he consumed was tainted with clomiphene — an ingredient not listed on the container. 

Bledsoe claimed he was unaware he had been administered the substance, but he was dealt a one-year suspension and an additional year of lost eligibility. Bledsoe lost his appeal and then his lawsuit against the NCAA. 

Riley hinted that a change could be coming in the aftermath of Bledsoe’s case. 

“The NCAA and a lot of other people ought to be thankful for how classy they’ve been with it,” Riley said. “But that’s the kind of kid and family you’re dealing with here … Somebody’s going to give him a chance and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he had a long, great career. And I damn sure hope he does.” 

NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein projects Bledsoe as a seventh-round pick.

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Amani Bledsoe goes through drills as he works out for NFL scouts during the University of Oklahoma football pro day at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Amani Bledsoe goes through drills as he works out for NFL scouts during the University of Oklahoma football pro day at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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