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Report: QB Baker Mayfield leaving Texas Tech to walk on at Oklahoma

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It is not often that a quarterback who started for one team will transfer to a conference rival that following offseason. That looks to be what Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield will be doing. Reports Thursday say Mayfield will enroll at Oklahoma and walk on to the Sooners.

The Austin American Statesman reported Thursday Mayfield intends to enroll at Oklahoma and walk on to the team. Texas Tech has already agreed to release Mayfield from his scholarship, but according to the report the school has not allowed Mayfield to make contact with Oklahoma. Because of that, no scholarship offer from Oklahoma can be made, leaving Mayfield no other option than to try his best to walk on to the team and perhaps hope one day to receive an available scholarship if things go well.

This all stems back to one of the negatives of players choosing to transfer to other programs, and this is far from a Texas Tech issue. Schools, for whatever reason, have the ability to limit what schools players originally under scholarship can transfer to. Meanwhile coaches can come and go as they please. Why student-athletes are not given the same opportunity is sometimes a topic for debate. Fortunately for Mayfield, Texas Tech is not saying Oklahoma is off-limits. They just are restricting his opportunity to get another scholarship, potentially, if this report is accurate.

As previously reported, Mayfield made the decision to transfer after learning Texas Tech will go with Michael Brewer as the team’s starting quarterback for the upcoming Holiday Bowl against Arizona State.

If Mayfield does indeed transfer to Oklahoma, he will have to sit out a full season before being eligible to play in 2015, per NCAA transfer rules. As a true freshman, Mayfield got some playing time as a starter this season as the Red Raiders battled injuries, but Mayfield may attempt to appeal the standard transfer rules. That will put the ball in the NCAA’s court to decide whether or not he can play in 2014.

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9 Responses to “Report: QB Baker Mayfield leaving Texas Tech to walk on at Oklahoma”
  1. seanmmartin says: Dec 19, 2013 11:05 PM

    “Schools, for whatever reason, have the ability to limit what schools players originally under scholarship can transfer to.”

    And he walked on at TTU, correct? So they shouldn’t have say at all.

  2. seanmmartin says: Dec 19, 2013 11:05 PM

    Nevermind, just read TTU had him under scholarship too.

  3. udub says: Dec 19, 2013 11:49 PM

    ‘Meanwhile coaches can come and go as they please.’

    This equating of coaches and players has always baffled me.

    Guess what one is a college kid playing a sport, the other is a grown professional adult. There are 85 scholarship football players plus walkons. There is 1 head coach. They aren’t the same. They don’t have to be made into the same.

    This is just people complaining because they like to complain about the NCAA.

    Do you know how ridiculous the madness would be if players didn’t have to sit out and could go from team to team to team as a hired gun to chase championships if they wanted to? The scholarships have to have something binding about them, since players aren’t under contract like coaches or professional athletes or what? a QB gets hurt at Alabama and Georgia’s QB just switches over in week 6 of the year? There have to be some rules to avoid ever changing rosters.

    On the flip side the same madness ensues if coaches have to sit out a year like a transferring player. So a school fires their coaching staff after a bad year. Then they have to hire a staff for a year before hiring the real staff they want? What if you are a fired coach, not one that wanted to leave, do you still have to wait a year? Is an offensive coordinator leaving to become a head coach going to have to quit their job, sit out a year and hope the following year a coach gets fired at a program they can take over at?

  4. 1509lucky says: Dec 20, 2013 7:18 AM

    Totally agree! If a player under scholarship has to sit out a year,then a Coach under CONTRACT who leaves for another job should have to as well! Both are leaving for a better opportunity and both entered into agreements with their current Universities,so the standard should be the same!

  5. dhardy8207 says: Dec 20, 2013 2:33 PM

    So thats the answer? He lost his starting spot and now is leaving to go sit out a year and/or try to walk on another team where there is absolutely no guarantee that he’ll make the team or start…

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 20, 2013 2:56 PM


    I agree… How bout this… instead of having to sit out a year, we’ll put multi million dollar buyouts on their scholarships….

    Coaches can’t just come and go as they please. They are under contract and there are ramifications to breaking that contract just as there are ramifications to switching schools.

  7. ricktex says: Dec 21, 2013 11:47 AM

    He is actually NOT on Scholarship at all. Crazy how the NCAA can still control walk-ons.
    I cannot believe he even has to ask for permission to leave!

  8. sportsguygerald says: Dec 21, 2013 3:26 PM

    Even not on scholarship , he has to sit out a year and by transferring to another Big 12 school, he loses a year of eligibility. He has appealed both. Tech can’t prevent him from enrolling at OU, or even trying to walk on. They can however, make it as difficult as possible if they choose

  9. 98mastercraft says: Dec 31, 2013 9:02 AM

    Uh yeah he is ricktex. Received it after he walked on and played well. Hate to lose him, but understand the desire to play. Michael Brewer must have felt the same while injured and watching 2 true freshman battle for his starting position. I wish him we’ll, but sure hope we don’t see him on the other side of the ball in a couple of years in Norman!!

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