By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In what is his final college football game at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Senior Day, Baker Mayfield has been punished for an incident that happened on Saturday. While he will not start – and has been stripped of his captaincy for the game – he will play.
Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy front-runner, made a lewd gesture against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday in their blowout win. This was first-year Lincoln Riley’s decision.
Mayfield understood Riley was forced to make the decision for the West Virginia game.
“I know something needed to be done,” Mayfield said. “I put coach Riley in a terrible spot. It’s not a decision any coach wants to have to make, but it was necessary. It was a hard conversation, because he wants the best for me. It’s tough. It was difficult and our relationship was the main reason why it was such a hard conversation to have.”
Riley, who was named the Sooners head coach in June after Bob Stoops made a surprising retirement, cried as he was talking about what Mayfield, a former walk-on transfer, meant to him.
This is their third season together. Before Riley was named head coach, Mayfield was the Sooners quarterback the two previous years when Riley was the offensive coordinator.
“Coming to this decision, this being his last game here, sure, it’s emotional,” Riley said. “He and I have been tied together here for a long time. I get to see behind the scenes what the guys does, the things that aren’t in front of the cameras that the public doesn’t get to see, and I see how valuable he is to this team, this program again, this university, this community. He’s tremendous.”
Mayfield got angry after the Jayhawks team captains refused to shake hands with him during the coin toss. He also told the Jayhawks fans, who were behind the Sooners bench, to focus on basketball now.
Then, after a touchdown, he grabbed his crotch and cursed during the third quarter of the Sooners 41-3 win.
“Bake’s a fierce competitor,” Sooners left tackle Orlando Brown said. “Everybody knows the type of player he is and the type of mentality that he approaches the game with, and I think that it’s something that I think some people try to hold over his head and try to get the best of him.”
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