In case you have missed it. Baker Mayfield broke his silence about why he decided to transfer from Texas Tech in an interview with Jake Trotter of ESPNDallas.com. Mayfield, who decided to leave the program before the Red Raiders Holiday Bowl game, is already enrolled at OU despite the Red Raiders not granting him a release to a conference opponent. Mayfield expects his appeal to be done by Friday, and he could be looking at potentially having to sit out a year as well as losing a year of eligibility by transferring to a conference opponent.
I know he is young, and I have no doubt that he loves the guys he played with this season, but this Q & A did nothing to help his image in Lubbock, Texas. Mayfield begins his Q & A by saying he didn’t understand why he wasn’t made the starter again after his injury healed, because Tech had lost a couple of games in a row and he had won his starts and didn’t know how short the leash would be if he was put in the game.
I have a problem with this because while yes, he did win the games he started to begin the season, they were all games Tech should have won no matter who the QB was. The lone question mark to begin the season was hosting TCU, and after being stagnant much of the second half and then coming out for an injury it took a late Touchdown drive by Davis Webb to seal the victory.
Mayfield then states that the final straw was having to split second team reps after the loss to Texas. He didn’t feel like he should have to split reps because he needed more of a chance to display what he could do and he wasn’t getting it.
Maybe Baker left before he watched the game film, but he started against a Texas defense that was giving up an average of 29 points per game, and only managed to lead the Red Raiders to a FG while throwing an interception and fumbling the ball. You could just as easily make the argument that he was given too much time against Texas to prove what he could do, as by the time Michael Brewer found Jace Amaro for a Touchdown in the 3rd quarter, Tech was already trailing 34-10.
Mayfield goes on to say that he watched every minute of the Red Raiders victory in the Holiday Bowl, and cheered his teammates on, before then saying that Tech was his 3rd option behind TCU and Oklahoma in high school and he didn’t really want to come here until Spring of his Senior year (When he realized TCU and OU weren’t going to offer him a scholarship).He also goes on to say that he wasn’t recruited to come to Tech, just decided to show up and play (which is strange, because Eric Morris recruited him to Washington State before joining Kliff’s staff in Lubbock), and he knew immediately that he wanted to go to OU because they are better academically and he had to get out of Lubbock before Tech fans came after him (which is also ironic because no one questioned him until he was already gone).
Baker Mayfield leaving Tech is akin to having an ugly divorce after a promising start to a marriage. Years from now, I think he and most Texas Tech fans are going to look back and regret that he didn’t stick around despite the miss-communication with his football coach. After all, Mayfield said himself life is about more than football, which makes it a shame that he let football ruin a great college experience at Texas Tech University.