A source close to the situation confirmed to SoonersIllustrated.com Monday afternoon Mayfield’s appeal for eligibility has been denied by both the NCAA and the Big 12 conference.
Mayfield, who was a walk-on at Texas Tech last season, transferred to OU in the winter and was hopeful he could play for OU this season.
Because of Big 12 transfer rules with players transferring within the conference, Mayfield has also lost a year of eligibility despite being a walk-on for the Red Raiders and now the Sooners this season. He can still appeal that ruling, however, though it will be tough to have reversed.
Mayfield threw for 2,3135 yards with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season and was named the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, starting seven games at Tech.
He left Tech when it became clear to him Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was going to have an open competition for the quarterback position and nothing was for sure regarding him getting a scholarship.
Mayfield is the second major appeal to be denied by the NCAA. Before the season, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was also denied eligibility. A transfer from Missouri, Green-Beckham would have been among OU’s best receivers this season.
With Mayfield denied, the spotlight is squarely on redshirt freshman Cody Thomas as the backup quarterback. It will also be interesting to see how OU decides to use sophomore starting quarterback Trevor Knight.
Known as a dual-threat, OU has picked its battles about when to let Knight run loose. And in its last game against West Virginia, Knight didn’t have any quarterback runs.
Knight, who was a part-time starter last season, was injured twice and knew going into this season he was going to have to dial it down. With Mayfield out of the picture, that might increase even more.
Though firmly entrenched at tight end so far, the BellDozer returned for one play two weeks ago and Bell had been getting reps at quarterback when Thomas was injured heading into the first game of the season.