- Baker Mayfield will not start for the Sooners on Saturday after making obscene gestures at an opposing bench last week.
- Mayfield made the gesture after players from Kansas spurned his handshake before kickoff.
- Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley was emotional while announcing the punishment of the likely Heisman winner.
Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman favourite Baker Mayfield will not start this Saturday for the Sooners after making a rude gesture towards opposing players last weekend.
Mayfield’s tension with the Kansas Jayhawks started before the game even kicked off, when KU captains refused his offer of a handshake ahead of the coin toss.
Mayfield laughed off the incident, but made the Jayhawks pay on the field, with Mayfield throwing for 257 yards, three touchdowns, and leading the Sooners to a 41-3 victory to hand Kansas their tenth loss of the season.
After a few cheap shots that didn’t slow Mayfield down, the Sooners marched down the field to score once more, at which point Mayfield made the gesture towards the Kansas sidelines, grabbing his crotch and yelling curses at the opposing bench.
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 20, 2017
Mayfield is no stranger to showing emotion on the field, most notably planting the Oklahoma flag in the center of The Horseshoe after the Sooners upset victory over Ohio State earlier in the season.
Still, this gesture was one to far for the Oklahoma coaching staff. Despite Mayfield apologizing immediately after leaving the field, saying that he “got caught up” in a chippy game, head coach Lincoln Riley announced that Mayfield would not start for the Sooners on Saturday against West Virginia, and would also not be a captain for the game.
Riley was clearly emotional while speaking to the press, saying “I don’t know that I’ll ever have a player who is as special to me as he is.”
You can watch Riley comment on Mayfield’s play below.
Lincoln Riley had to take a moment during his press conference to gather himself — “I don’t know that I’ll ever have a player who is as special to me as he is.”
Baker Mayfield will not start vs West Virginia on Saturday pic.twitter.com/Nk3dkYyoTz
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) November 20, 2017
The Sooners and Mountaineers kick off in West Virginia at 3:45 p.m. on ESPN.
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