University of Oklahoma Recruit Decommits After Racist Video Emerges
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.
Delance, a junior at North Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas, originally committed to the Sooners on Nov. 25, per 247Sports.com, 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.
"I was here to be with my guys. We all work with beautiful young men and women of all races. It's just—very little gets me choked up. But that hurt."
According to ESPN.com's Jake Trotter, the football team cancelled its Monday practice, instead holding a short vigil inside its practice facility. "The players, wearing all black, then left, walking in rows locked arm in arm," Trotter reported.
The university's president, David Boren, expelled two students Tuesday "identified in playing a leadership role in the singing" of the racist chant. According to The New York Times, former members of the fraternity "claimed on social media that the same chant was used at colleges in other states."
As for what lies ahead for Delance, the University of Alabama reportedly offered him a scholarship Monday, per his Twitter account. He told Sayles he "probably won't be considering Oklahoma anymore" and needs to "get to know everybody and start over again."
"I don't think some people know the difference between getting an offer and committing," Delance said. "Getting offered and getting to know a coach are two different things to me. You want to know who's going to coach you for the next three or four years. That's important."
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