NORMAN — Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops declined to address the assault allegations against freshman running back Joe Mixon during his news conference at OU’s media day.
“The Joe Mixon situation that isn’t resolved yet,” Stoops said before taking questions from reporters. “I’m unable to speak in regard to anything to do with that situation.”
Mixon, the crown jewel of OU’s 2014 signing class, was a five-star prospect and one of the most coveted recruits in the country. He announced that he would sign with Oklahoma a few days after the Sooners’ Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama during a major announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio.
The Oakley, Calif., native is being investigated by Norman police for allegedly assaulting a 20-year-old female OU student at a Campus Corner restaurant.
Norman police said they don’t expect to present anything to District Attorney Greg Mashburn until late next week at the earliest. In the meantime, Mixon isn’t participating in football activities.
Stoops also declined to discuss linebacker Frank Shannon, who was subject of a Title IX sexual misconduct investigation after a female OU student accused him of sexually assaulting her more than six months ago.
Shannon was never charged in criminal court and went through summer workouts with the team. Saturday, he participated in Meet the Sooners Day, signing autographs for young fans.
“Nothing’s changed in his situation,” Stoops said of Shannon. “Right now they haven’t resolved anything. He’s currently doing everything he had been doing. That’s what hasn’t changed.”
Asked if he’s concerned that his program has an image problem because of the recent string of off-the-field issues, Stoops said, “I’ve been here 16 years. There’s a long track record of what we’ve done here.”
Other issues addressed by Stoops during his news conference:
* Stoops announced that sophomore defensive end Michael Onuoha — an Edmond Santa Fe product — is dealing with academic issues and won’t be with the team this season. Onuoha played sparingly as a true freshman in 2012 and redshirted last season.
* Stoops praised junior wide receiver Durron Neal, who has caught 18 passes for 251 yards in two seasons with OU.
* Stoops, on the blowback from his recent string of comments about the Southeastern Conference: “Well, get over it.”
* Stoops said of sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight: “Trevor, in the last couple days, it’s evident he’s much more consistent in making the plays that are there.”
* Stoops said senior Blake Bell, who started eight games at quarterback last season and led the Sooners to key victories at Notre Dame and Oklahoma State before moving to tight end this offseason, has been “nothing but a good teammate.”
Stoops also revealed that Bell approached offensive coordinator Josh Heupel with the idea of moving to tight end before the Sugar Bowl.