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Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon's high school position coach stunned by allegations

Ron Rivers, a former NFL player and Joe Mixon’s running backs coach at Freedom High School in Oakley, Calif., was surprised by the allegations and said of Mixon, “He’s not like that.”
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: July 26, 2014

— 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.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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