The snub set off an afternoon full of fireworks.
What should have been a routine Oklahoma blowout win over Kansas turned into a wild affair yesterday, starting when KU's captains would not shake hands with OU star Baker Mayfield before the game.
The pregame diss evolved into an in-game cheap shot, in a contest that also featured Mayfield getting into it with Kansas fans and getting caught making a lewd gesture toward the KU sideline,
After the game, Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen told the Kansas City Star the reason why he did not shake Mayfield's hand at midfield during the coin toss:
Dineen explained it this way: His teammates talked about it just before the game. They thought it would inspire teammates. They believed it would be a sign of KU standing its ground.
“Obviously, it wasn’t meant to be super disrespectful to them,” Dineen said. “It was really just us trying to get our guys motivated and let Oklahoma know that we were there to play.”
There was something else to it, though. KU players knew Mayfield’s short-fuse reputation, which also was a factor.
“He’s a talker, and we knew that going in,” Dineen said. “Our goal was just to try to get him rattled a little bit, get him maybe out of his comfort zone.”
So, what was designed to be a motivational ploy for his teammates backfired in a major way. Kansas looked foolish for it, and while Mayfield's sideline behavior was clearly inappropriate, he wasn't rattled one bit on the field.
The Jayhawks learned their lesson the hard way.