Former Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar was back in uniform Thursday night, this time for Division I-AA Sam Houston State, which beat D-II Angelo State 17-13.
Bomar sat out last season after he and teammate J.D. Quinn were dismissed by OU before the 2006 season. During a summer job at a Norman auto dealer, they basically punched a time clock (or had someone else do it) but did little to no work.
To play again, Bomar (now a junior) surrendered a year of eligibility, gave his ill-gotten paychecks to a charity and fled to Transfer Quarterback U. In recent years, Sam Houston has taken in QBs from Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech. Three were named player of the year in the Southland Conference.
On Thursday, Bomar threw for one TD and ran for another, staking SHSU to a 17-0 lead. He's done few interviews since his self-inflicted debacle at OU, but the tone of his comments in various reports have changed in the time he's been away.
A year ago after his transfer, he copped a mea culpa, admitting he messed up, with no one but himself to blame. Other than that, he offered no insight into Car-Gate.
Now, in addition to wanting to move forward, Bomar has that put-upon tone of "why can't people just get off this?" At the same time, he's dangled a vague no-one-will-ever-know-the-whole-story carrot.
Everyone gets that Bomar just wants to play football, but if he's hiding anything or trying to convince us he's personally faced up to substantial public scrutiny about the OU episode, he shouldn't be surprised people are curious.