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Sportswriter Calls For Benching Of Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield stares at the field during game vs. Kansas.

Oklahoma is expected to announce a punishment for Mayfield sometime today.

Baker Mayfield apologized for grabbing his crotch and yelling expletives at the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, but for some, that's not enough.

Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman is calling for Lincoln Riley to make an example of the Heisman frontrunner.

Oklahoma's quarterback embarrassed himself Saturday night in Lawrence, Kansas. Embarrassed himself, embarrassed his team, embarrassed his school, embarrassed his adopted state. Standing on the field, yelling obscenities and making obscene gestures, is not acceptable and Mayfield himself said so with his postgame apology.

But Mayfield apologies are wearing thin. Which is why it's time for Lincoln Riley to show he's serious about running a class program.

Mayfield must be suspended for the West Virginia game Saturday.

Saturday's lopsided victory over Kansas was full of drama. It started when the Jayhawks' captains refused to shake Mayfield's hand after the coin toss. Then on the Sooners' final drive of the first half, cornerback Hasan Defense delivered a late hit on Mayfield. While the defender was flagged and given a 15-yard penalty, Defense was not ejected for what many believed should have been a targeting call.

At one point during the 41-3 victory, Mayfield grabbed his crotch and appeared to yell, "F--- you!" at KU's sideline.

Post-game, the Sooners signal caller apologized for getting caught up in a chippy game, saying his behavior was "unacceptable."

"It's disrespectful. It's not the example I want to set. It's not the legacy I want to leave at OU. I truly do apologize. Thinking about the kids that are watching this now, it's not something I want to do to the parents out there. I'm sorry," he told reporters.

Tramel adds that the program has already dealt with the QB's indiscretions. Mayfield was arrested last February for public drunkenness and his discipline was not made public. According to Tramel's piece, Mayfield hasn't learned and Riley must send a message that winning is not above creating a culture of class at Oklahoma.

You can read Tramel's full piece here.