Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury addressed his decision to block quarterback Baker Mayfield’s transfer to Oklahoma on Monday at his Big 12 Media Days news conference.
As a true freshman and walk-on, Mayfield started seven games for the Red Raiders last season. He threw for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns and was named the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.
Asked what went into his decision to block the transfer, Kingsbury said: “Team policy. That’s it. The NCAA has the in-conference policy for a reason.”
Mayfield joined Oklahoma before spring practices started as a walk-on, and looked great in the Sooners’ spring game, completing all nine of his pass attempts for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
Following Kingsbury’s comments, a source told The Oklahoman that Mayfield’s appeal is still working its way through the NCAA.
“It was really tough,” Kingsbury said of Mayfield’s decision to leave. “We didn’t offer him a scholarship (coming out), but gave him a great opportunity to be the starter there. I know how he was treated by his teammates, by his coaches and the staff.
“To have a walk-on kid win Big 12 Freshman of the Year and then he leaves, and there is a negative spin to it, it is tough. I wish him well, and I’m still proud of what we did there and I’ll be proud watching him moving forward in every game except for one.”
Kingsbury said that he planned to put Mayfield on scholarship going into spring football, and that his father had been made aware of that.
“That never had anything to do with his decision whatsoever,” Kingsbury said.
SOONERS GET COMMIT FROM LOUISIANA DT
Defensive tackle Tyrell Jacobs of Metairie (La.) Rummel High committed to Oklahoma on Monday.
Jacobs posted his commitment on Twitter.
Jacobs (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) had offers that included Arizona State, Kansas State, Louisville, Mississippi State and Tennessee.
He's a two-star recruit, according to Rvials.com.
Jacobs is the Sooners' eighth commitment from the 2015 class and the second defensive tackle, joining Jenks’ Marquise Overton.
The Sooners signed a pair of players from Louisiana last year, defensive tackle Courtney Garnett and offensive lineman Joseph Paul.
Paul and Garnett’s St. Augustine team went head to head with Archbishop Rummel as part of the New Orleans Catholic League.
Jacobs' commitment is non-binding. He can sign beginning Feb. 4.
BEARS OK WITH BEING PICKED BEHIND OU
After winning the Big 12 last season, Baylor is picked second in the league while the Sooners are picked to win.
Bears coach Art Briles said the prediction is a positive for his team and wasn’t surprised to see Oklahoma as the favorite.
“I don’t think that’s a knock. I really don’t,” Briles said. “I think it’s pretty well-determined who was going to be the favorite coming in by the way OU finished up in their bowl game beating Alabama like they did, so that doesn’t mean anything. To me, that’s pretty good respect. I don’t remember being ranked that highly before. We’re still banging around trying to get there.”
The Sooners and Bears play Nov. 8 in Norman.
SHANNON IN MEDIA GUIDE
Oklahoma released its official football media guide Monday during Big 12 Media Days and — as expected — linebacker Frank Shannon is included.
The junior has started 15 career games and led the Sooners with 92 tackles in 2013.
Included in Shannon’s media guide biography is this: “Led the Sooners with 92 tackles and could be poised for an even bigger campaign in 2014.”
Shannon was accused of sexually assaulting a female at an off-campus apartment in January, according to a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained in April by The Oklahoman.
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn declined to prosecute the case, but the university is obligated by federal law to conduct its own investigation.
OU refused to release any information regarding the outcome of that investigation last week, saying no final disciplinary action had been determined yet.
Shannon missed several of the team’s spring practices and didn’t participate in the spring game, but he continued to attend class and work out with the team this summer.