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Joe Mixon will always be the guy who hit the girl

No plea, no verdict, no court decision of any kind, will change that. Mixon has begun a sentence that will take years to serve.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 18, 2014


photo - Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon leaves Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Okla., after being arraigned on misdemeanor assault charges Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.  Mixon is accused of knocking a woman unconscious with a punch and breaking several bones in her face.  (AP Photo/The Norman Transcript, Jay Chilton)
Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon leaves Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Okla., after being arraigned on misdemeanor assault charges Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Mixon is accused of knocking a woman unconscious with a punch and breaking several bones in her face. (AP Photo/The Norman Transcript, Jay Chilton)

That’s what Boren wrote. What he meant was that Mixon and linebacker Franklin Shannon, who is in court fighting suspension from the university after an OU panel found that he violated the school’s sexual misconduct policy, damaged OU’s reputation and embarrassed the football program. Good luck, Shannon, on seeing the field yourself this season.

Football is important at places like Oklahoma. But it can be trumped. If the masses start wondering if their daughters are safe on campus, beating Texas no longer is the prime mission.

Coupled with the decision to bring in troubled Missouri transfer Dorial Green-Beckham, Boren isn’t happy with his football players. And when Boren ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

So Mixon now has a choice. Keep his nose clean for a year and try to restart a college football career that seemed so promising. He’s still got a chance to be cheered. He’ll still be the guy who hit the girl, but he’s stuck with that label whether he scores touchdowns or not, whether he figures out there’s nothing charming about 2:30 a.m. or not, whether he gets his degree or not. Might as well get your life on track.

When Mixon lost his cool in the witching hour of July 25, Mixon’s message to Bob Stoops and David Boren was simple: He wasn’t all that serious about playing football at OU. Now Mixon gets the chance to show them that he is serious about being a Sooner and can start rebuilding the reputation of the guy who hit the girl.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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