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Big 12 rule gives Sooner quarterback transfer year back

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OKLAHOMA – In a stunning reversal, the Big 12 Conference passed a new rule on Thursday that has an immediate impact on Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.

In a 7-3 vote, Big 12 officials passed a rule on transfers that allows players who have transferred within the conference to not lose a year of eligibility if the school they are transferring from does not have them on scholarship.

Mayfield transferred from Texas Tech to Oklahoma after the 2013 season and sat out 2014 before playing at OU in 2015, nearly becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Mayfield was going to lose a year of eligibility, however, because Texas Tech did not release him, despite the fact he was not on scholarship.

Mayfield appealed to the NCAA to get his transfer year back but was denied.

On Wednesday, officials with the Big 12 did not pass the rule change, ending in a 5-5 tie.

However, the officials reconvened and considered a similar rule with a slight change.

The rule that was approved allows only walk-ons without written scholarship offers from their original school to transfer without losing a season of eligibility.

The Big 12 rule allows Mayfield to not lose that year, and he will be able to play at OU through the 2017 season.

It’s a significant boost to the Sooners, who were counting on only having Mayfield for one more season.