Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops appears to have regrets about how he handled the situation involving running back Joe Mixon.
Last Friday, surveillance footage that showed Mixon punching Amelia Molitor in 2014 was released. The video’s graphic nature stunned many observers. Four bones in Molitor’s face were fractured in the incident.
On Wednesday, Stoops looked back on the event and said he would dismiss Mixon from the team if it happened now, as reported by ESPN’s Jake Trotter.
“Two-and-a-half years ago, thought we had a significant penalty, a strong penalty,” Stoops said via Trotter. “Now, it isn’t enough. These individuals can’t have a second chance. Just not acceptable. They know it anymore.”
Mixon was allowed to rejoin Oklahoma after one season of suspension. When asked if allowing Mixon to stay with the Sooners “implicitly condoned violence against women,” Stoops offered he was “sure to some degree it does.”
“I regret that,” Stoops said via Trotter. “In the end, at the time, we felt it was a significant and strong punishment.”
Mixon, a sophomore, has 1,183 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns on 168 carries this season. Oklahoma will play Auburn in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.