Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has taken responsibility for his February arrest, and doesn't want any of the other off-field issues the Sooners have been experiencing to impact the public's opinion of the coaches.
"They're not letting anything slip," Mayfield said, via ESPN.com. "That's not something Coach (Bob) Stoops or anyone on his staff would ever let anybody let that slip. He's always done his job well, and we have to do ours. They bring us here for a reason, and we have to rise up to the occasion and do that."
Mayfield was arrested in February on charges ofcharges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing and resisting arrest; he has pleaded not guilty to those counts. Freshman quarterback Chris Robison and walk-on defensive back Ronnie LaRue were arrested on public intoxication charges Sunday morning, hours after the Sooners' spring game.
"I think people have let it slip a little bit and gotten a little lackadaisical about all the off-the-field stuff," said Mayfield. "I think it can be said that I might have set a bad example first, but we all know there's a higher standard here —not just being quarterbacks, but at the University of Oklahoma. There's a tradition here at Oklahoma that compares to no other.
"We've got to realize that expectation and those standards and rise up to it and be the ones that everybody looks at in every single situation. We've got to be accountable and let everybody know that we have the responsibility and they can look up to us no matter what."
Former Sooners running back Joe Mixon also received negative attention in December, when a video emerged from July 2014 of him punching a woman at a local deli. Even though he was suspended for a season after the initial incident, the brutal video prompted many to criticize Stoops for not dismissing Mixon from the team.