NORMAN — Running back Joe Mixon was expected to be an immediate contributor upon his arrival at the University of Oklahoma.
Now, it’ll be at least a year before Mixon can play for the Sooners — if he plays at all — after he was suspended from the football team for a year shortly after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor during an appearance at the Cleveland County Courthouse.
In a joint statement released by the university, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione and football coach Bob Stoops said: “As the university has demonstrated in the past, we are committed to winning the right way. As an example to others, OU sets the highest possible standards for its student athletes, coaches and staff.”
Mixon was removed from the roster immediately and will be excluded from all team activities during the suspension.
Mixon will be permitted to continue as a student at OU and will still be eligible for financial aid.
Speaking after the Sooners’ practice Monday night, Stoops wouldn’t say much more than in the statement.
“We made a decision here today that was announced, and that’s all I’m going to say about it,” Stoops said.
“I can’t say anything else about it.”
Mixon was in court for his initial appearance for a misdemeanor charge stemming from a July 25 altercation at a Norman restaurant.
Mixon, who was released without posting bail, waived a formal reading of the charge at the hearing, which lasted about 10 minutes.
His next appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 23.
Mixon was charged with one count of an “act resulting in gross injury” after the incident at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe just north of OU’s campus.
Amelia Rae Molitor, 20, an OU student, alleged Mixon punched her once in the face, resulting in four broken bones.
The probable cause affidavit, citing surveillance video taken of the incident, stated Molitor pushed Mixon and the running back lunged at her, drawing a slap.
Mixon then retaliated with a punch that knocked Molitor into a nearby table and then onto the floor, where she laid motionless as Mixon left the scene, according to the affidavit.
Earlier Monday, University of Oklahoma President David Boren, Castiglione and Stoops met with Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn in Mashburn’s office.
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