Oklahoma, the preseason pick for Big 12 champions, suffered a significant offensive blow Monday when the school suspended star freshman Joe Mixon.
Mixon was a five-star tailback who had been projected as a starter coming into the season. But he was charged with misdemeanor assault last Friday, nearly three weeks after Mixon allegedly was involved in a fight with a female OU student at a restaurant in Norman.
On Monday, school president David Boren suspended Mixon for the entire year, although Mixon could still keep his scholarship.
In a statement issued by the school, Boren said that both athletic director Joe Castiglione and football coach Bob Stoops had recommended that Mixon be suspended.
In a joint statement, Castiglione and Stoops said: “As the university has demonstrated in the past, we are committed to winning the right way. As an example to others, OU sets the highest possible standards for its student athletes, coaches and staff.”
Earlier Monday, Mixon pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count for an act resulting in gross injury.
He did not report with the team to preseason training camp.
Oklahoma also is trying to keep linebacker Frank Shannon off the team. The school suspended him for violating its sexual misconduct policy. But Shannon has appealed his suspension through the Oklahoma court system. A judge issued a stay and Shannon still is on the team.
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