NORMAN — Joe Mixon’s high school position coach was surprised by the allegations made against the five-star recruit following an incident early Friday morning near Campus Corner.
Norman police have confirmed the incident at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe, but no arrests had been made as of Saturday afternoon.
Ron Rivers, Mixon’s running backs coach at Freedom High School in Oakley, Calif., was stunned when he learned of the allegations.
“He’s not like that,” said Rivers, who played seven seasons in the NFL. “He’s a pretty calm kid, a pretty mellow kid. I think the thing he likes to do most is get on that social media stuff but what kid doesn’t these days?”
Shortly after the incident, Mixon deleted his Twitter account. It’s not the first time Mixon’s Twitter account has been taken down, though. He deactivated it not long after he arrived in Norman only to revive it later.
Mixon tweeted about being homesick recently.
“That happens to everybody, I would say,” offensive lineman Daryl Williams said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. “My freshman year, I went back home almost every weekend. I tried to find a ride home as much as I could. Now I don’t even want to go back home that much. I love my family, but it’s just a part of growing up.”
Rivers had talked to Mixon since his arrival in Norman and said while Mixon missed his family, there was no indication that anything was amiss.
“Nothing any different than normal,” Rivers said. “Nothing to where he wanted to come home. It was just, ‘Coach, how’d you do this? I’m missing my family. How’d you do this when you were there?’ ”
Rivers said he tried to call and text Mixon on Friday night. Mixon responded by telling Rivers he would call back later.
The alleged victim in the attack, Amelia Rae Molitor, told The Oklahoman on Friday that four bones were broken in her face. She said Mixon was “harassing” her and some friends when the incident occurred just after 2:30 a.m.
Molitor said Mixon punched her in the face and said she planned to pursue legal action against Mixon.
Mixon was the Sooners’ big catch on signing day in February.
The No. 1 all-purpose back in the country according to Rivals.com, Mixon committed to the Sooners in the immediate aftermath of the Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. Mixon pledged to the Sooners at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl in San Antonio and actively recruited for OU in the five weeks leading up to signing day.
In the days before the incident, Oklahoma coaches and Mixon’s teammates spoke confidently about his chances of quick playing time and the way he’d performed in summer workouts since arriving in Norman.
On Wednesday, Sooners coach Bob Stoops, in an appearance on ESPN Radio, said Mixon could be OU’s starting running back when the season opened.
“He’ll have a chance to,” Stoops said. “We’ve got other talented guys, but Joe, he’s been everything we hoped he would be on campus already.”
Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight spoke highly of Mixon’s maturity at media days.
“He’s like a veteran stepping in,” Knight said. “He adapted to workouts really well, and stepped up as kind of a leader in that group during route sessions and stuff like that.
“Athletically, catches the ball really well. Moves really well. I’m excited for the way he’s gonna contribute this year.”