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Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield begins appeal process to play this year

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ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy reports Oklahoma quarterback and Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield will submit his appeal to play this coming fall to the NCAA on Thursday.

Mayfield transferred to Oklahoma from Texas Tech in December when he was told he wouldn’t be given a scholarship by coach Kliff Kingsbury despite playing in eight games and winning Big 12 offensive freshman of the year as a walk-on in 2013. Texas Tech then attempted to block his transfer to Oklahoma after he initially won an appeal to play in 2014.

The argument being made by Mayfield’s lawyer and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops involves the quarterback not being guaranteed a scholarship at Texas Tech. If Texas Tech wasn’t willing to invest a scholarship in Mayfield, the argument goes, why should they care if he leaves for another school?

Kingsbury said he blocked the transfer because it was within the Big 12.

Mayfield’s camp hopes to hear back from the NCAA before Oklahoma kicks off its season Aug. 30. If Mayfield’s appeal is successful, he’ll back up sophomore Trevor Knight.

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4 Responses to “Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield begins appeal process to play this year”
  1. mogogo1 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:52 AM

    A weird story since the beginning. I’d love to know what exactly soured things between him and Kingsbury because telling a walk-on who managed to win offensive freshman of the year that he’s not worth a scholarship is basically unheard of. And if that is true, I support the Mayfield’s argument because if they weren’t going to give him a scholarship then he should be free to transfer wherever he wants.

    The key question would be how exactly to prove that was the case. And could Tech just say “Okay, you’ve got a partial scholarship now so you can’t transfer to OU, but you’ll never see the field here”?

  2. sfsugator says: Aug 14, 2014 11:41 AM

    weird spot to transfer too. he isn’t going to play considering OU qb just lit up bama. I wonder why he didn’t get a scholie offer from TTU.

  3. tgaustin says: Aug 14, 2014 11:57 AM

    Still the first ever freshman walk-on to start at a BCS school…so he has that going for him…which is nice. However, I too would love to know what happened at Tech between him and Kingsbury. I think the fact that his high school sweetheart goes to OU helped in that decision. Hope this gets cleared up for the kid…doesn’t seem Christian to not let him transfer.

  4. gibby18530 says: Aug 14, 2014 1:06 PM

    Great reporting…. Kingsbury even said himself that mayfield had a scholarship waiting for him, just not right away available in the spring.

    Best of luck to Mayfield, just not ever against Tech.

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