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Oklahoma QB Mayfield will not start against WVU

Created on:   Mon, Nov 20, 2017   3:09 PM

Last modified:   Mon, Nov 20, 2017   3:09 PM

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MORGANTOWN — It began when Kansas didn’t shake Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield’s hand before the pregame handshake Nov. 18.

Later in the game, TV cameras caught Mayfield on the sideline making obscene gestures and using foul language toward K.U. players. Mayfield issued an apology Nov. 19, saying he was sorry to the Kansas players, coaching staff and fans for his behavior.

It apparently wasn’t enough, as head coach Lincoln Riley stripped Mayfield of his captain status and said he will not start Nov. 25, against WVU.

“This university has very, very high standards and when they’re not met, there has to be consequences,” Riley said during a Nov. 20 news conference. “I think this will do nothing but make us stronger.”

Mayfield is not suspended for the game, but sophomore Kyler Murray will get the start in his place. Riley did not elaborate when Mayfield will play against the Mountaineers, but a decision has already been made.

As the Heisman frontrunner, Mayfield has thrown for 3,816 yards and 34 touchdowns to just five interceptions. He’s helped the Sooners to a 10-1 mark and berth in the Big 12 championship game and top four spot in the College Football Playoff rankings.

“He’s a tremendous teammate,” Riley said. “He’s the best football player in America. He’s got a great heart that a lot of people don’t get the chance to see like I do, and I’m proud as hell to be his coach.”