Will Mayfield's team punishment fit the crime?
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
Barring any incriminating or negatively polarizing images to emerge, Baker Mayfield's case will be forgiven in the court of public opinion.
"The bad PR comes from the media," argues OU beat writer James Hale of 247sports.com. Hale isn't buying into the idea that an altered perception of the program will have any influence on how Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops will handle this situation.
"I don't think this is how Coach Stoops really reacts to things," Hale explained in a phone interview Monday. "I think [Stoops will] keep it a separate incident. It'll stand up on its own. I don't think he feels like he has a program that's running a muck; running loose out here where guys are going crazy."
Should the Sooner faithful be more concerned with Baker's transgressions influencing his performance? Much of a quarterback's success is dictated by his decision making. Needless to say, the ones made off the field have drawn more than a penalty flag.
"You leave the city walls of Norman where people are assigned basically to protect you and keep you safe when you go out," said longtime sports columnist and radio host John E. Hoover of 107.9 "The Franchise."
"You don't have that shielding around you when you go to Fayetteville."
When Hoover was asked if Bob Stoops should take stronger disciplinary action to make an example of this, "[It was] four misdemeanors; not one misdemeanor," he replied.
"[Mayfield is charged with] four misdemeanors. I think probably [suspending Mayfield for] the opening game of the season would be a nice little message to send to the rest of the team that when you mess up, you will be disciplined. But I don't think that's going to happen."
Oklahoma's next scheduled media availability will be on March 20th; the set date for the start of their spring practice.