An Oklahoma student accused Shannon of sexual assault earlier this year. Though no charges were filed, the school conducted a Title IX investigation and decided to suspend Shannon. He appealed in district court, and the suspension was blocked. The school appealed to the state supreme court, and it ruled that Shannon's suspension could be enforced.
Shannon was Oklahoma's leading tackler last season. He had been practicing with the team, but did not play while the issue was pending.
Shannon's lawyer, Aletia Timmons, said on the eve of Oklahoma's season opener that she believed the school was going overboard to protect itself so it doesn't lose Title IX funding.