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MORE VIOLATIONS BY SOONERS?

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National Collegiate Athletic Association investigators were told that improprieties continued within the University of Oklahoma football program after it was placed on probation last year, according to a newspaper report.

In a copyright front page story in Tuesday's editions, The Dallas Morning News reported new charges have been brought against the university by Otha Armstrong III, a friend of former Sooner quarterback Charles Thompson.If the violations are substantiated, the Sooners could face the NCAA's "death penalty," a suspension of up to two years.

Armstrong, 24, is serving two years in a federal penitentiary in Big Spring, Texas, for stealing 25 championship rings and other items from the home of former Sooner coach Barry Switzer.

Armstrong says he served as a middleman through which a Tulsa booster sent cash to Thompson and Jamelle Holieway, another former Sooner quarterback. He also told the NCAA that freshman running back Dewell Brewer received improper benefits during at least one unofficial visit to Norman before signing his letter of intent in February, the Morning News reported.

David Berst, the NCAA's chief enforcement official, refused to comment on his staff's activities.