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.”
STRIKER ON HELMET REMOVAL: ‘I’LL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN’
Oklahoma junior linebacker Eric Striker knows he dodged a major bullet when he took his helmet off following a Sugar Bowl sack late in the first half.
“I will never do that again,” Striker said. “You know how that would have went if I would have got the flag, but let’s not talk about that.”
On a first down play with less than 20 seconds on the clock, Striker sacked Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and immediately took his helmet off, before quickly putting it back on.
Such an act is supposed to result in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which would’ve put the Crimson Tide inside the Sooners’ 20-yard line.
“I can control it; that was just the biggest game of my life at its highest level,” Striker said. “It was just that type of feeling.
“In a way I thought it was meant to be and that’s why I didn’t get the flag. I don’t know, something must have been with me you know? A little spirit or something?”
Oklahoma senior tight end Blake Bell, asked if he ever misses his blue jersey in practice after he gets hit:
“Well sometimes you think, ‘Oh, coach, can I wear that blue jersey?’ I joke around about it, but no, that's what's fun about tight end is getting out there and doing a little something different.”
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER