Kyler Murray punishment rumors were swirling on social media this morning, hours before Oklahoma's home game against Baylor. Those rumors appear to have been confirmed.
Early reports suggested that Murray, a Heisman Trophy candidate, would not be starting against the Bears today.
Dean Blevins, an Oklahoma reporter for OKC-KWTV, addressed some of them on Twitter late on Friday night.
“Lotta rumors that QB Murray suspended. My sources indicate nothing major … but possibly would not start v Bay for minor violation — possibly something like late to practice. Nothing serious long term, as some suggested. Nothing confirmed,” he tweeted.
It looks like Murray will in fact not be starting this afternoon.
Kimberly Kendall, the mother of Oklahoma's backup quarterback, tweeted that her son will be starting this afternoon.
"Game Day! Austin’s first collegiate start is today against Baylor!" she wrote.
The punishment for Murray is not believed to be serious, per Oklahoma insiders.
OUInsider reporter Brandon Drumm says the issue involving Murray is "no big deal" and will be handled in-house.
"It's basically (Lincoln) Riley and the OU staff making sure Murray understands that he abides by the same rules as the rest of the team, despite being a millionaire," Drumm wrote late Friday. "It's not something that has been a repeated issue, so OU was merely nipping it in the bud before it potentially got out of hand. Punishment looks like it will be handled and OU will still have Murray tomorrow. End of story."
Reports suggest that Murray will be sitting for a couple of series at the most. Stay tuned.