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Oklahoma football notebook: Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury talks about blocking Baker Mayfield's transfer to OU

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.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: July 21, 2014
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photo - Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury speaks during the NCAA college Big 12 Conference football media days in  Dallas, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury speaks during the NCAA college Big 12 Conference football media days in Dallas, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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.

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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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