DALLAS — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury addressed his decision to block quarterback Baker Mayfield’s transfer to Oklahoma on Monday at his Big 12 Media Days news conference.
As a true freshman and walk-on, Mayfield started seven games for the Red Raiders last season. He threw for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns and was named the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.
Asked what went into his decision to block the transfer, Kingsbury said, “Team policy. That’s it. The NCAA has the in-conference policy for a reason.”
Mayfield joined Oklahoma before spring practices started as a walk-on, and looked great in the Sooners’ spring game, completing all nine of his pass attempts for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
Following Kingsbury’s comments, a source told The Oklahoman that Mayfield’s appeal is still working its way through the NCAA.
“It was really tough,” Kingsbury said of Mayfield’s decision to leave. “We didn’t offer him a scholarship (coming out), but gave him a great opportunity to be the starter there. I know how he was treated by his teammates, by his coaches and the staff.
“To have a walk-on kid win Big 12 Freshman of the Year and then he leaves, and there is a negative spin to it, it is tough. I wish him well and I’m still proud of what we did there and I’ll be proud watching him moving forward in every game except for one.”
Kingsbury also said that he planned to put Mayfield on scholarship going into spring football, and that his father had been made aware of that.
“That never had anything to do with his decision whatsoever,” Kingsbury said.
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