Texas Tech on Friday denied quarterback Baker Mayfield’s appeal to transfer to Oklahoma without restriction. A five-member panel unanimously rejected the appeal.
Mayfield remains subject to NCAA and Big 12 Conference transfer rules, meaning he must serve a one-year residency requirement at his new school and sit out the 2014 season, plus lose a year of eligibility for transferring within the conference.
Mayfield left the team when the fall semester ended in early December, after which Tech denied Mayfield permission to contact any other Big 12 programs.
Tech released a statement from faculty representative Brian Shannon, a law professor, saying, “On Friday, Jan. 10, a panel of the Texas Tech Athletics Council heard Baker Mayfield’s appeal concerning the denial of permission to contact and a one-time transfer exception with regard to the University of Oklahoma. The five-member panel unanimously upheld the coach’s decision and denied Baker’s appeal. The decision was consistent with Texas Tech policy regarding intra-conference transfers and consistent with NCAA rules.”
Mayfield already has enrolled at Oklahoma. After Friday’s ruling, he told a reporter in his hometown of Austin, Mike Berman of TWCN, that “he’s disappointed by the decision, but he’ll still enroll at Oklahoma and attempt to walk on.”
Berman posted the comment from Mayfield on Twitter.
Mayfield had appealed on the grounds that he paid his own way at Tech and the coaching staff’s recruiting efforts toward him were negligible before he arrived on campus.
Mayfield spent much of the season battling fellow freshman Davis Webb for the starting job with Mayfield starting the first five games, Webb the next five and Mayfield the last two of the regular season.
After Mayfield departed, Webb was the offensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl, throwing four first-half touchdown passes in a win over Arizona State.
In an interview with ESPN.com blogger Jake Trotter published Thursday, Mayfield said he was frustrated by a lack of communication with Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury about his status for much of the season.
Mayfield said the last straw was when he was relegated to splitting second-team snaps during the first practice for bowl preparation.
Mayfield completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,315 yards with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also carried 88 times for 190 yards and three TDs.
Webb completed 62.6 percent for 2,718 yards, 20 TDs and nine interceptions.
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