Quarterback Baker Mayfield Files Appeal to NCAA

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The Oklahoma Sooners will submit Baker Mayfield's appeal to the NCAA on Thursday in hopes the quarterback can be eligible this season, his attorney Jim Darnell has told ESPN.

A freshman walk-on quarterback at Texas Tech last season, Mayfield said he decided to leave Tech when he was told he wouldn't be put on scholarship. Mayfield enrolled at Oklahoma in the spring but is appealing the transfer rule -- supported by Tech -- that requires him to sit out a season before he is eligible.

Mayfield was the first freshman walk-on quarterback to start at a BCS school, but Mayfield said Texas Tech would not guarantee him a scholarship for the 2014 season, prompting him to leave.

Mayfield's family hired Darnell, who represented former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel last season in his eligibility issues with the NCAA.

Texas Tech repeatedly blocked Mayfield's request to allow Oklahoma to put him on scholarship before July 1, Darnell said. If Mayfield's transfer was approved by Tech, he would have been eligible this season at OU, Darnell said.

"But they blocked it," Darnell said. "It surprised me some. I'd like to think they weren't (vindictive), but I don't know." (ESPN)

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