IRVING, Texas (WIBW/AP) -- The Big 12 Conference cracked down on Oklahoma's star quarterback Baker Mayfield and four Kansas players for their behavior during last week's showdown in Lawrence.
On Tuesday, conference officials announced a series of reprimands against four Jayhawks captains:
- Dorance Armstrong;
- Jeremiah Booker;
- Joe Dineen; and
- Daniel Wise
The four of them refused to shake hands with Mayfield prior to Saturday's game, which the Sooners ended up winning 41-3.
“The refusal of these student-athletes to shake an opponent’s hand during the pre-game ceremony is contrary to tradition and inconsistent with common courtesy,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
On Monday, Kansas coach David Beaty has apologized for himself and his captains and said Monday that he had spoken with Riley. Beaty also apologized to Jayhawks fans, saying he wasn’t aware the captains weren’t going to shake hands. Beaty said he knows his players are passionate and competitive, but they needed to make a better decision.
“The pre-game handshake among team captains is symbolic of good sportsmanship," Bowlsby continued. "I am grateful for the work of the Kansas administration and coaches to resolve this matter.”
Even though the Big 12 might have thought Mayfield was snubbed during the pre-game handshake, they weren't going to let him off for his behavior towards Jayhawks fans. The Heisman finalist drew national attention for, as the Big 12 put it, "directing inappropriate gestures and yelling profanities" at the KU bench and fans in the third quarter after the Sooners scored.
At one point, Mayfield lewdly grabbed his crotch while cursing across the field, and another time he yelled to fans behind his bench: "You have one win! Go cheer on basketball!"
“Mr. Mayfield’s actions are unacceptable and should not be tolerated,” said Bowlsby. "Baker Mayfield is a truly outstanding competitor and I generally appreciate his style of play and the manner in which he competes. However, the behavior he exhibited on the sideline during the Oklahoma-Kansas game was inappropriate and contrary to our sportsmanship policies.”
On Monday, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley also stripped the senior of his captain status for the game and said he would not start the final regular-season game against West Virginia.
On Tuesday, Beatty told reporters the four Jayhawks would lose their Captains status as well.