Mayfield won't start home finale after gesture
NORMAN (AP) Baker Mayfield's on-the-field antics caught up with him this time.
Oklahoma's senior quarterback will not start his final regular-season game Saturday at home against West Virginia after making a lewd gesture against Kansas. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley also stripped Mayfield his captain status for the game, the result of which won't keep the Sooners out of the Big 12 championship.
Riley made the announcements Monday.
Riley teared up as he explained why Mayfield was so important to him. Mayfield started both years that Riley was offensive coordinator and finished fourth in the Heisman balloting in 2015 and third last season. In Riley's first year as head coach this season, Mayfield has played well enough to be considered by many to be the leader in the Heisman race.
"Coming to this decision, this being his last game here sure, it's emotional," Riley said. "He and I have been tied together here for a long time. I get to see behind the scenes what the guy does, the things that aren't in front of the cameras that the public doesn't get to see, and I see how valuable he is to this team, this program again, this university, this community. He's tremendous.
Kansas team captains did not shake hands with Mayfield before Saturday's game. After getting slighted, Mayfield jawed with the Jayhawks and some fans seated behind the Oklahoma bench. He also grabbed his crotch and cursed the Kansas sideline from his bench during the third quarter of the Sooners' 41-3 win . Mayfield apologized afterward.
Mayfield has a track record of doing things to annoy opponents. The past three years, he shaved his mustache into a horseshoe style before playing Oklahoma State, representing a new sheriff in town. Oklahoma won all three games.