That whole thing about the Big 12 rule that was tabled a day ago? Never mind. Pretend it never happened. Maybe.
In a 5-5 vote Wednesday, the Big 12 shot down a rule proposed by Oklahoma that would’ve permitted walk-ons to transfer within the conference without restrictions. The proposed rule, which failed due to the lack of a clear majority vote as well as disdain for both common sense and fairness, had been dubbed the “Baker Mayfield rule” in honor of the the OU quarterback who transferred from Texas Tech as a walk-on.
The non-passage of the rule could be short-lived, however, as ESPN.com‘s Jake Trotter is reporting that “the Big 12 is reconsidering the rule change with different language.” That language “would allow a walk-on’s school to offer a scholarship to keep him,” and then “[i]f the walk-on then still elected to transfer within the conference, the player would face the league’s transfer eligibility restrictions.”
Should the rule be enacted, it would give Mayfield, a preseason Heisman favorite who finished fourth in the voting last year, another season of eligibility he could use in 2017.