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Here’s what OU Athletics said about Kennedy Brooks situation

Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks earned preseason all-Big 12 honors on Tuesday, but multiple reports state that Brooks is not working out with the team this summer due to off the field matters. 247 Sports was the first outlet to report Brooks’ absence.

The Athletic reported later that Brooks’ absence comes from a Title IX investigation that kept Brooks -- a Mansfield High product -- out of summer workouts.

OU Athletics sent out a statement on Tuesday night addressing the situation.

“When the OU Athletics Department is made aware of a potential issue involving a student-athlete, it may elect to withhold the student-athlete from participation in team activities during a review of the matter,” the statement read. “Per University policy, OU Athletics does not participate in any such reviews or investigations involving a complaint. Those reviews are handled independently by the appropriate University office. At this time, it is expected that Kennedy Brooks will participate in football team activities later this week.”

Brooks found himself in the center of a Title IX complaint when a female student at OU alleged that Brooks was physically violent toward her. The alleged victim did not file a complaint with police, according to The Athletic, and OU’s Title IX investigation cleared him.

Brooks is coming off a solid season in which he rushed for 1,056 yards and 12 touchdowns. OU also boasts Trey Sermon in the backfield.

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