Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will not be a captain for his last home game against West Virginia on Saturday and will not start. He will play but it is not known how many plays he will miss.
After practice on Monday, Mayfield said, tearing up, “Playing at OU is something I always dreamed of. Not starting is what it is. But not being a team captain is something so much more. It would be hard if it were a regular game. But it being my last one here ever, it means a lot more. It’s going to be tough.”
An emotional coach Lincoln Riley told reporters “We all know what provoked it, but it’s something that cannot happen and stand by.”
The disciplinary action is due to his actions in Saturday’s 41-3 win at Kansas. After the coin toss, three Jayhawks players snubbed Mayfield’s attempt at a handshake. In the third quarter of the game, Mayfield grabbed his crotch and yelled “F*** you!” at the Kansas sideline.
The three Kansas players who snubbed Mayfield’s handshake attempt also will not be captains at their next game at Oklahoma State. Kansas coach David Beaty announced that linebacker Joe Dineen, defensive tackle Daniel Wise and defensive end Dorance Armstrong have been demoted from captain status but can still play the entire game.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby condemned the actions of the Kansas captains, saying “The refusal of these student-athletes to shake an opponent’s hand during the pregame ceremony is contrary to tradition and inconsistent with common courtesy,” Bowlsby said in the statement. “The pregame handshake among team captains is symbolic of good sportsmanship. This breach of protocol is not in keeping with the standards of the Big 12 Conference. I am grateful for the work of the Kansas administration and coaches to resolve this matter.”
The Big 12 also announced a public reprimand of Mayfield for his actions.
“Mr. Mayfield’s actions are unacceptable and should not be tolerated,” commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “I am grateful for the efficient management of this matter by the coaches and administration of the University of Oklahoma. Baker Mayfield is a truly outstanding competitor and I generally appreciate his style of play and the manner in which he competes. However, the behavior he exhibited on the sideline during the Oklahoma-Kansas game was inappropriate and contrary to our sportsmanship policies.”