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The NCAA wrote in its public infractions report Friday that Taliaferro knew Gallon had received the impermissible benefit in August 2009 _ before the season started _ but failed to inform head coach Jeff Capel or other university administrators. By letting Gallon go ahead and play, it only compounded the issue.

Capel was not implicated in the violations. He was fired in March.

Oklahoma’s coaches now will be required to inform every recruit over the next three years of the rules that were broken and the probationary period that exists before the player can make an official visit or sign a letter of intent.

“It clears the air. There’s no question about a recruit who comes here next year. It doesn’t affect him at all. So, it does help,” Kruger said.

“A lot of times, the penalty of not knowing is worse than the penalty itself.”

Because it went through the summary disposition process, Oklahoma cannot appeal the penalties. The school said in an unattributed statement that it accepts the punishments.

“University of Oklahoma officials fully understand that however rules violations may occur, the NCAA requires institutional accountability,” the statement said. “As such, even in cases like this _ where the violation is isolated to the actions of one former student-athlete and the failure of a former assistant basketball coach to disclose his knowledge of the violation _ the NCAA imposes penalties upon the institution in addition to the individuals.”

Taliaferro is allowed to appeal his penalties. Although he consented to go through the summary disposition process, the NCAA said he did not agree with the penalties recommended against him when it ended.