NORMAN — Oklahoma’s football players reported Wednesday, a day before the start of practice.
Freshman running back Joe Mixon was not among them as the investigation into an alleged assault against a 20-year-old female OU student continues.
“Joe Mixon is not reporting for team activities at this time,” a statement from the OU athletics department read. “We will continue to monitor the situation.”
Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, said his understanding was Mixon had not been suspended but was being “held out of activities pending the conclusion of the investigation.”
Sooners coach Bob Stoops did not address the media at Wednesday night’s Sooners Caravan event in Oklahoma City and was not asked about Mixon during a question-and-answer session with fans. Earlier in the day, Stoops declined to take questions from fans about Mixon during a luncheon in Norman.
Norman Police confirmed Monday that Mixon was an “involved party” in the investigation. Mixon was celebrating his 18th birthday when the incident occurred.
Through his attorney, Mixon claims that he acted in self-defense, saying Mixon “instinctually defended himself against further harm.”
Norman Police said Wednesday that the investigation into the assault, which occurred early Friday morning at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe near the OU campus, would extend into late next week and possibly further.
Police captain Tom Easley said the timeline of late next week was a “best-case scenario.”
Investigators continue to interview witnesses of the incident and have had to weed through false witnesses as well. Easley said a number of people have come forward saying they witnessed the incident but were not at the sandwich shop that night when the incident occurred around 2:30 a.m.
The condition of Amelia Rae Molitor and the fact that she went back home to Texas the day after the incident has also slowed the investigation.
Molitor told The Oklahoman last week that Mixon hit her during the altercation, breaking four bones in her face.
Easley said investigators wanted to have “all our ducks in a row” and “err on the side of caution” before possibly turning the case over to the Cleveland County District Attorney.
Norman Police released the 911 call Tuesday.
“Some girl just got clocked in the face,” the unidentified male caller said shortly after the three-minute call began.
He described Molitor as “bleeding pretty bad from the mouth” and said she was “reasonably intoxicated.” The caller said Molitor remained conscious after being hit.
Police have surveillance tape from inside Pickleman’s, though have declined to release the tape due to its “evidentiary value.”
Finlay viewed the tape Monday when he and Mixon met with investigators.
Mixon, a five-star prospect from Oakley, Calif., was the most prized piece of the Sooners’ 2014 signing class. With three experienced running backs departed from last year’s team, he was expected to compete for immediate playing time.
Also competing for regular carries at running back are Keith Ford, Alex Ross, Daniel Brooks and Samaje Perine.
Ford ran for 134 on 23 carries last season but had ball-security issues that limited his playing time.
Ross, a sophomore, had just three carries for 19 yards.
Redshirt sophomore Daniel Brooks and true freshman Samaje Perine have not seen collegiate action.