Big 12 reverses course on Baker Mayfield rule

Dr. Saturday

By the time you're reading this, the Big 12 might have changed its mind again.

A day after the Big 12 upheld a rule regarding transfers within the conference, the conference amended the rule proposal and held a re-vote. Thursday, the conference voted 7-3 in favor of the new rule and as a result, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield now has two more years of eligibility with the Sooners.

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As you likely know, Mayfield transferred to Oklahoma after the 2013 season from Texas Tech, where he was a walk on. Since he transferred within the conference, he lost a year of eligibility while he sat out the 2014 season, meaning 2016 would be Mayfield's last season with the Sooners without a change in the rules.

Had the rule stayed the same, Mayfield could have gone to the NFL draft after 2016 or, as a graduate transfer, played in 2017 at a non-Big 12 school.

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Perhaps realizing that the conference would look stupid if Mayfield played for another school in 2017, the rule was amended after Wednesday's vote. Suddenly, a 5-5 tie became a 7-3 win for the new rule.

"I appreciate the Big 12 faculty athletics representatives spending more time studying the important issue of walk-on transfers and am pleased by the result of today's Big 12 vote — not just because it potentially impacts Baker Mayfield, but because it was the right thing to do," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said in a statement.

The new stipulation regards a scholarship offer for a walk-on. If a walk-on wants to transfer to another school (where he'll be on scholarship) he can do so without losing a year of eligibility if the school does not offer him a scholarship. But if his current school offers a scholarship, he'll lose a year of eligibility by transferring.

Here's how Mayfield reacted to the change.

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