Joe Mixon is the only storyline with any traction prior to the Oklahoma-Auburn Sugar Bowl game on Jan. 2, which is not ideal.
Mixon has come under fire in recent days after the video which led to him being suspended his entire freshman season was released. In the video, Mixon punches a woman in a nearby campus sandwich shop and promptly leaves the store; the woman remains on the floor for several moments, and when she attempts to stand, she is jelly legged and bloody faced.
The punch left her with four facial fractures.
The video was not released to the public for nearly two-and-a-half years, with only a select few having seen it before that. Among those was head coach Bob Stoops, who felt the correct course of action at the time was to give Mixon a second chance.
Stoops was forced to address the issue during a conference call, and had the following to say.
“It’s positive that the way things have gone in the last two-and-a-half years that the only acceptable way now is dismissal. We didn’t go that route two-and-a-half years ago. We thought a young man deserved an opportunity moving forward to redeem himself and be positive in the community.”
Bob Stoops Press Conference: https://t.co/XEr3FIss0V
— The Sports Animal (@sportsanimal) December 21, 2016
Mixon was the highest-ranked recruit for the Sooners in that class. Going into his freshman season, he was already expected to be a big part of the offense and contribute right away.
Mixon has yet to make a decision as to whether or not he will enter the NFL draft, and there will be difficulty ahead as a result of this either way. Mixon, who has already served a suspension for this incident, is not likely to be embraced with open arms anywhere he goes.
No matter how dynamic he is on the field, fans in Norman might feel some hesitation cheering for him after this.
In the NFL, even more so. “Character issues,” like fracturing a woman’s face with a vicious strike, can cause a player to drop rapidly out of the top of the draft.