Mayfield contrite after more antics
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Baker Mayfield knows full well by now that the television cameras are always on him, part of the gig when you're the starting quarterback at perennial powerhouse Oklahoma.
Not to mention the Heisman Trophy front-runner.
The downside to all that attention is what occurred on Saturday. After getting slighted during the coin toss by the captains from Kansas, the fiery Mayfield proceeded with a series of histrionics that forced him to apologize after the 41-3 rout to just about everyone: his teammates, fans, even the kids who wanted his autograph.
There was the near-constant jawing with the Jayhawks. The back-and-forth with fans seated behind the Oklahoma bench. The cursing at Kansas coaches and, ultimately, the lewd crotch grabbing.
"In the moment, you do something, you get caught up in the emotional stuff," Mayfield said afterward, never once ducking a question about his antics. "I talk about being a competitive player. When I realized the coaches said something, that's when I realized that I really messed up."
Sooners coach Lincoln Riley didn't witness the lewd gesture, only hearing about it when the third-ranked Sooners returned to the postgame locker room. He praised Mayfield's competitive nature but acknowledged that he'd gone out of bounds, saying "we can't have that and he can't do that."
Riley did say he would consider video of the game before meting out any discipline.