The Big 12 Conference has issued a public reprimand on Tuesday of Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield as well as four University of Kansas players for their actions during Saturday’s football game.
The five student-athletes were reprimanded for being in violation of the Big 12 Conference’s Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct rules.
Mayfield’s actions included directing inappropriate gestures and yelling profanity toward the KU bench and fans following a third-quarter score.
“Mr. Mayfield’s actions are unacceptable and should not be tolerated,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “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.”
Mayfield has apologized for his actions, which later cost him starting in his last ever home game as well as his status of team captain.
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) November 19, 2017
Head coach Lincoln Riley announces that QB Baker Mayfield will not start Saturday's game against West Virginia, but will play and he will not be a team captain for the contest.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) November 20, 2017
The actions of Joe Dineen, Dorance Armstrong Jr., Jeremiah Booker and Daniel Wise included refusing to shake hands with Mayfield during the pre-game coin toss.
“The refusal of these student-athletes to shake an opponent’s hand during the pre-game ceremony is contrary to tradition and inconsistent with common courtesy,” Bowlsby said. “The pre-game 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.”