While "media days" are the glorious, unofficial start to the college football season, it has been a couple weeks to forget for several of the sport's most high-profile programs. For everyone from Alabama to Mississippi State and Baylor, media days have been filled with questions surrounding serious situations surrounding, major legal (and certainly ethical) matters.
While things aren't quite as extreme at Oklahoma, Bob Stoops still had to do some defending of his own, when he took the stage at Big 12 Media Days Tuesday. That's where questions again arose about Joe Mixon, his star running back, who took a plea deal after punching a woman back in 2014.
Although the case was settled years ago, it took on new light, when the victim, Amelia Molitor, spoke at length about overcoming the incident this week. It also took on extra meaning in light of all the awful incidents across college football.
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Yet despite all that, Stoops did not seem pleased about any questions surrounding the incident when asked at Big 12 Media Days Tuesday.
"You're talking about a situation that occurred three summers ago, I believe, right?" Stoops said when asked whether Mixon's punishment was strong enough, in light of all the recent events around college football.
"And Joe Mixon was punished. We've already been through all of this. He's met high standards. Continues to have to meet high standards to remain a part of the football team, but he has done so all along.
So everybody has different measures of what's enough punishment and what is not. In the end, we felt, myself along with our administration, that this was the right punishment and he's met all the conditions we put in front of him and he was removed for a full season."
Obviously this is a tough subject to broach, since in Stoops defense, he has commented about this before, including last year, at these same Media Days. And as Stoops said, Mixon has been punished, after missing all team activities while his trial went on.
Still, given the nature of what's happened at Baylor and Mississippi State in recent months, Stoops probably shouldn't have been surprised that he was again asked about the subject, and given the crime Mixon did commit, this seems like a somewhat insensitive response. That's especially true considering that again, the victim spoke out about the incident just a few short days ago.
For those who missed it, NewsOK had the interview, where Molitor discussed feeling like a pariah on campus following the incident, even as she walked around with her jaw wired shut. She also spoke about how both she and her family --- who are lifelong Oklahoma fans --- who have been unable to attend games, because the incident remains too painful.
Clearly this is a complicated issue, but maybe not the best look overall for Stoops.