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Whether it be the fight over making the video public or now this, one of the darkest moments of Joe Mixon‘s life simply refuses to go away.
In mid-August of 2014, Mixon, a five-star recruit that year, was suspended by Oklahoma for the entire 2014 season, a punitive measure that meant the running back would be excluded from any and all team activities. The one-year suspension came about after Mixon was accused of punching a woman in a late-July confrontation, breaking four bones in her face and leaving her unconscious.
Media covering OU viewed a copy of the security tape that caught the exchange, including the knockout punch, between the woman and Mixon; Mixon’s attorney had previously claimed the altercation was preceded by racial slurs.
In late October of 2014, a plea deal was reached in the case that helped Mixon avoid a trial. As part of that deal, Mixon was given a one-year deferred sentence, 100 hours of community service and will be required to attend cognitive behavior counseling.
Now, The Oklahoman is reporting, Amelia Molitor, the victim, has filed a lawsuit against the Sooners running back, “alleging negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.” The newspaper writes that Molitor “is seeking compensation for her medical expenses and compensation for ‘severe anxiety, embarrassment, depression, humiliation and emotional distress.'”
The amount of monetary damages Molitor is seeking in the suit weren’t specified.
Mixon was welcomed back to the Sooners in February of last year and greatly aided OU’s run to a spot in the College Football Playoffs, finishing second on the team in rushing yards (753) and rushing touchdowns (seven). His 6.7 yards per carry led the team, and he added 28 receptions for 356 yards and four touchdowns for good measure.
In February of this year, an appeals court ruled that the assault video, in the possession of the City of Norman, is public record. A judge subsequently ruled that the video should remain sealed, only to see the Oklahoma Supreme Court agree with the appeal court’s ruling that it should be released as a public record.
The video has yet to be released — Molitor supports keeping it sealed — and yet another lawsuit was filed by media outlets in the area late last month.
As the Baylor football program continues to (hopefully) learn and move forward from the scandal that’s rocked the university this offseason, the current roster has received a stark look at the other side of sexual violence.
Nearly two decades ago, Brenda Tracy, a single mother to two young kids at the time, was gang-raped by four men, two of whom were football players on an Oregon State Beavers football team coached at the time by Mike Riley. Last month, Tracy spoke to Riley’s players at Nebraska; this month, Tracy, at the request of Baylor interim head coach Jim Grobe, spoke to the current members of the Bears football team.
And, according to Tracy herself after the discussion Monday, the players were very open to her message. From the Dallas Morning News:
I was prepared to walk into a very hostile environment,” Tracy said. “I was very prepared to walk into a place where nobody wanted me there.”
“They weren’t hostile toward me, and I didn’t go in there trying to destroy their program,” said Tracy, a registered nurse and Oregon native. “We got along, and it was OK. We all survived.”
“Not only do I feel for the victims when I see a stadium,” Tracy said, “but I also see a huge potential for change.
“I guess it’s bittersweet. It used to be just bitter. But today, it’s bittersweet.
Grobe came under fire recently for his stance that there’s not “a culture of bad behavior” at Baylor. While that strident and public defense caused further backlash against the program he’s charged with navigating through these rough waters, Tracy publicly praised the coach.
— Brenda Tracy (@brendatracy24) July 25, 2016
What, did you expect Jim Harbaugh to not make some noise at the Big Ten Media Days?
Earlier this month, the Michigan head coach appeared in the video for a rap song titled “Who’s Got It Better Than Us?” If you were a Wolverines fan, you liked it; if you were not a fan of the program, you more than likely abhorred it. And you were probably a stick-up-the-keister caucasian for that matter.
At least, that’s Harbaugh’s take on the criticism, as he relayed during his time with the media Monday.
More Harbaugh on doing a rap video: “It’s only uptight white people that didn’t like it.”
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 25, 2016
Harbaugh: “It’s only uptight white people that don’t like” the rap video.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) July 25, 2016
There you have it, white people, from, ironically enough, the Pasty Khaki King himself.
And, not surprisingly, Harbaugh’s off-field antics aren’t likely in the past.
“My default is usually yes,” Harbaugh said, from transcripts provided by the conference, when asked about how the video came to fruition and why he did it. “Action, why not? And the reaction has been very good. I’ve gotten multiple texts, phone calls, comments from people that really liked it and I think the cool people liked it.”
Take that, uncool white folk.
Unlike some recent 2016 signee defections, Jarrett Stidham won’t be afforded the opportunity to haunt Baylor — at least not in conference play.
Earlier this month, Stidham confirmed rampant speculation via Twitter that he would be transferring from the Bears and continuing his playing career elsewhere. Fastforward nearly four weeks, and the quarterback confirmed to ESPN.com that he has been granted a release from his BU scholarship, albeit with restrictions.
Specifically, Stidham will not permitted to transfer to any current member of the Big 12. Texas Tech, which had received a verbal commitment from Stidham before he flipped to BU two months before Signing Day 2015, had been mentioned as a potential landing spot for the transfer.
Other than other members of the league, Stidham is free to transfer anywhere he desires, including schools already on BU’s future schedules during his remaining eligibility. Those would include SMU (2016), Rice (2016-2019), Duke (2017/2018) and UT-San Antonio (2017-2018).
If Stidham goes the FBS route for 2016, he would be forced to satisfy NCAA transfer bylaws by sitting out the upcoming season, and would then have three season of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017. There’s also speculation that Stidham could take the junior college path for a season and then move back to the FBS for his final three seasons, although his next step is currently unknown.
A four-star member of the Bears’ 2015 recruiting class, Stidham was rated as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Texas.
Last season, Stidham started three games as a true freshman in place of the injured Seth Russell before going down with a broken ankle that ended his own season. He had been penciled in as the Bears’ quarterback of the future when the senior Russell departed after the 2016 season.