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December 24, 2012
An Abrupt Ending
Stacy McGee will probably be receiving a lump of coal in his stocking for Christmas after the Cleveland County Sheriff's office confirmed the senior defensive tackle was arrested at 1:20 a.m. Monday for DUI and driving with a suspended/revoked license.BREAKING NEWS: Oklahoma senior
McGee was suspended for the first six games of the 2012 season for violation of team rules. The reason's for McGee's suspension were never revealed by the OU staff or his teammates. It was widely known McGee's suspension was not just a team suspension, but a university and athletics department suspension.
After returning for Oklahoma's contest against Notre Dame, McGee became a regular part of the defensive tackle rotation.
Following Oklahoma victory over TCU in the final Big 12 game of the regular season, McGee was celebrating a share of the Big 12 championship with his teammates.
It was the best moment in a season marred by his suspension. McGee was involved in a key play late in the game when TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin raced into the endzone for a touchdown which would have tied the game at 24-24 with just seconds remaining in regulation.
But officials threw a flag as a TCU offensive lineman grabbed McGee's jersey. Holding was called, TCU was penalized, and they weren't able to reach the endzone before turning the ball over on downs with 25 seconds remaining in the game.
Oklahoma ran out the clock and claimed the 24-17 victory.
"It was the last game of my college career so I just wanted to go out and have a good game," said McGee as he was headed to the team bus.
"I don't feel like I made up for (the suspension)," he said that day. "There's nothing I can do to get back those six games. I can only do as much as I can to get back to where I was."
Unfortunatley for McGee, and the Oklahoma defense, he's gone from his greatest moment to his worst.
The Sooners will continue to rely on seniors Casey Walker and Jamarkus McFarland against Texas A&M, while youngsters such as Jordan Phillips continue to log playing time in relief.
But for McGee, his Oklahoma football career finishes right where it started in 2012.
McGee is the third OU football player to be arrested since the Sooners final regular season game at TCU.
OU starting wide receiver Jalen Saunders and Arizona transfer Cortez Johnson were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana Dec. 2, at 2:34 a.m.
Johnson, a defensive back, is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
OU head coach Bob Stoops would not comment on Saunders' eligibility for the Cotton Bowl other than to say his situation was being handled "internally".