The investigation into the July 26 incident near Oklahoma’s campus involving Sooners’ freshman running back Joe Mixon continues.
Norman Police said it is still interviewing people in connection with the incident, in which Mixon is alleged to have hit 20-year-old OU student Amelia Rae Molitor.
While police could turn over its findings to the Cleveland County District Attorney earlier, it’s likely the investigation stretches into at least next week.
Mixon, who was celebrating his 18th birthday at the time of the incident, has not participated in practice for the Sooners.
Molitor alleged Mixon hit her in an early morning altercation at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe.
“He punched me one time,” Molitor told The Oklahoman the next day. “He broke my face in four places... my nose, my sinuses... they’re broken.”
Through his attorney, Kevin Finlay, Mixon claims he acted in self-defense.
Finlay said Mixon “instinctually defended himself against further harm” in the incident.
Norman Police said last week that it would likely be late this week at the earliest before a decision on whether or not charges would be filed. Police stressed it would be thorough in its investigation and wasn’t working on a specific timetable.
FOOD TRUCK COMING FOR OU ATHLETES
OU director of sports nutrition Tiffany Byrd said early in the week that the athletic department was likely going to add a food truck to its nutrition arsenal.
Thursday, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione told ESPN.com that the school was in the process of purchasing a truck as a way to serve athletes in all sports.
“We don’t have the facilities in all the places they would need to be, so the idea is to have a mobile fueling station and perhaps some additional trailers that have refrigeration capabilities that can operate as a prep kitchen of sorts,” Castiglione told the site.
With the new rules allowing schools to provide athletes — both scholarship and walk-on players — with unlimited meals and snacks, athletic departments are getting creative with how they deliver that food to their athletes.
Byrd said this week that the “enhanced fueling stations” would be places where athletes could get fresh sandwiches, smoothies, fresh fruit, hummus and other healthy, fresh options.
The stations will be located under the football stadium and next to Lloyd Noble Center. The mobile option will allow the department an easier way to take food to athletes when they are practicing or have other activities in other areas of the campus.
The school will spend around $1 million due to the food deregulation.
SANCHEZ GOES WITH PETERSON OVER SHERMAN
Sooners cornerback Zack Sanchez sides with Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson in his back-and-forth feud with Seattle’s Richard Sherman.
“Sherman is obviously going to make plays, but I feel like Pat Pete is one of those guys that is going to get in your face the whole game,” Sanchez said. I kind of like how aggressive his is. Don’t get me wrong, Sherm is going to make plays and he’s going to make the pick. Whoever you choose, you can’t go wrong.”
Neither, though, are Sanchez’s favorite NFL corners. That honor goes to Denver’s Aqib Talib.
“He’s the one corner I watched all season,” Sanchez said. “I watched him against the Saints. He followed Jimmy Graham around. He locked up Jimmy Graham. For a corner to lock up a tight end, you don’t see that very often.
“That’s how I want my game molded as I get bigger and more physical.”