Auburn’s bowl opponent is dealing with some major controversy.
On Friday, Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon and his attorney released surveillance video of the Sooners running back punching a woman at a restaurant in 2014, before he was part of the football program. Monday, Fox Sports’ Clay Travis called for Oklahoma to fire Bob Stoops for allowing Mixon on the team after the incident.
“Bob Stoops should be gone and so should athletic director Joe Castiglione,” Travis said. “Both men have dodged virtually all criticism in this incident because they’re well liked by the media. Turns out if you return phone calls and text messages to the media you get the benefit of the doubt from the national media when your star running back breaks a fellow student’s face in four different places. ”
Stoops, school president David Boren and Castiglione all saw the video in question and decided to allow Mixon into the football program.
Mixon was suspended for his first season on campus but remained on scholarship. He did not lose any years of eligibility. The Sooners running back was charged with a misdemeanor of acts resulting in gross injury. He reached a plea deal and was sentenced to one year’s probation and 100 hours of community service.
The woman Mixon punched, Amelia Molitor, is suing him in Oklahoma City federal court.
Travis also said Stoops has consistently shown that he cares more about winning than about victims of domestic violence. The Sooners also brought in former Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham as a transfer in 2014. Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri after he allegedly forced his way into a woman’s apartment and also shoved her down a set of stairs.
“Is winning football games really that important to Bob Stoops that he’s willing to overlook such a heinous act?” Travis said. “A quick scan through the record books would certainly suggest so. Stoops has a pattern of keeping and extending scholarships to players with a history of domestic violence.”
Oklahoma plays Auburn in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.