Oklahoma football notebook: Barry Switzer 'very impressed' with Joe Mixon

“He walks up and introduced himself to me,” Switzer said. “The way he carried himself and the way he presented himself to me, I was very impressed with him.”
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 22, 2014
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Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer met Joe Mixon for the first time recently, and came away impressed with the former five-star prospect who is currently serving a one-year suspension.

“He walks up and introduced himself to me,” Switzer said. “The way he carried himself and the way he presented himself to me, I was very impressed with him.”

Mixon, one of the most highly anticipated Oklahoma football recruits in recent memory, was charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly punching OU student Amelia Molitor at a restaurant near campus in late July.

After charges were filed, OU announced that Mixon would be suspended from all football activities for one year.

According to the police report, Molitor instigated the physical altercation by pushing, then slapping Mixon. Molitor claims Mixon broke four bones in her face.

Mixon has pleaded not guilty.

“It’s wrong, but at the same time, I think there’s a double-standard here,” Switzer said. “Why isn’t she kicked out of school? She started the altercation, she’s a student.

“Joe shouldn’t have done what he did, and he’s paying a hell of a penalty for it. What’s she paying, she paid nothing for it. ...I know she got hurt and I’m sorry that happened, I’m sorry it tragically happened for both of them.”

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by Ryan Aber
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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