Oklahoma Sooners Fans Should Be Thankful for a Clean Program

Luke McConnellCorrespondent IMay 4, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Bob Stoops is hugged by Eric Mensik #69 and Brian Lepak #51 late in the fourth quarter before the Sooners 48-20 victory against the Connecticut Huskies during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Controversy is reigning in college football right now.

Think about it: Over the past year, most of the bigger stories that involved college football have involved some form of NCAA rule breaking or sanctions.

There was the USC penalties, the lack of punishment for the Cam Newton saga and now, Ohio State is facing major penalties for the crimes committed by head coach Jim Tressel.

Oh, and Boise State is also facing some penalties for several NCAA violations as well. 

The list of schools being found out is growing, seemingly by the day. If your school is not on that list, then count yourself lucky.

Oklahoma fans are among those counting themselves lucky. OU runs one of the tightest and most transparent ships in the country and there are several people responsible for that.

It starts at the top with President David Boren.

Boren is extremely open about things that go on at OU and he does a great job of seeking input from outside sources about how to go about doing things. For example, just this afternoon he held an open forum with students to discuss raising tuition costs and how to best implement that without affecting students in negative ways.

Athletic director Joe Castiglione is another reason OU hasn't had the NCAA come snooping around Norman. Not only is it important to not violate NCAA rules, but it's important to be open and honest when mistakes do happen.

When Rhett Bomar and others were caught being paid for word they weren't actually doing, the Oklahoma athletic department didn't try to cover it up or deny it. The investigation was thorough and the punishment was swift and harsh. 

The NCAA didn't have to do anything in that case because OU was so thorough in dealing with it on their own.

Then, there is head coach Bob Stoops. The man is all about integrity on every level. He takes the approach of living life above reproach, meaning that anything that is questionable, you should stay away from. 

Has Oklahoma been perfect throughout history in keeping NCAA rules? Absolutely not and Sooner fans will be the first to admit that. Some of the things that happened during the Switzer era were downright shady.

But you aren't going to find Oklahoma's name popping up on any NCAA list of schools that are committing major violations. Boren, Castiglione and Stoops will make sure of that.

It's a big burden off the shoulders of the fans. All they have to worry about it is supporting the team.

For some schools, that's the very least of their concerns.