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Big 12 tweaks “Baker Mayfield Rule” dealing with walk-on transfer eligibility

The Big 12 amended a decision Thursday that gives Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, left, and other walk-on athletes like him the ability to transfer from one league school to another without losing a year of eligibility as long as they received no written scholarship offer from their previous school.
The Big 12 amended a decision Thursday that gives Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, left, and other walk-on athletes like him the ability to transfer from one league school to another without losing a year of eligibility as long as they received no written scholarship offer from their previous school. AP

The Big 12’s primary decision-makers reversed policy Thursday and tweaked a decision made the previous day in regard to non-scholarship athletes who transfer within the league.

As of Thursday afternoon, an amended “Baker Mayfield Rule” is league policy in the Big 12 and walk-ons can now transfer from one league school to another without losing a year of eligibility in the process as long as they received no written scholarship offer from their previous school.

The move was approved by a 7-3 vote and will allow the Sooners’ starting quarterback to play for Oklahoma through the 2017 season. The precedent applies to all walk-on athletes but Mayfield is the highest-profile example.

Thursday’s decision trumped Wednesday’s 5-5 stalemate that upheld the former league policy that non-scholarship athletes who transfer within the league must lose a year of eligibility upon enrolling at their new school. Mayfield, a former walk-on at Texas Tech, competed for the Red Raiders in 2013 and transferred to Oklahoma in January, 2014. He sat out the 2014 season at OU a transfer student before earning the starting job with the Sooners last season.

Until the change in policy Thursday afternoon, Mayfield would have exhausted his eligibility at Oklahoma this season.

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