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Oklahoma QB transfer Baker Mayfield appeals for immediate eligibility

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Oklahoma has filed an appeal to the NCAA to try and gain an immediate eligibility waiver for quarterback Baker Mayfield, who transferred in-conference to the Sooners after winning Big 12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year at Texas Tech last season, according to the Associated Press

Mayfield was a walk-on at Texas Tech, which Mayfield's lawyer, Jim Darnell, says should allow the quarterback to not have to sit out a year after transferring. After Mayfield left Texas Tech, the school ruled that he should lose a year of eligibility, and Mayfield's appeal to the school was denied. 

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"Texas Tech never invested a dime in him," Darnell said. "To the contrary, his family invested over $11,000 in his Texas Tech education, and when he played as well as he did last fall, Tech still wouldn't commit to a scholarship. Told him there wouldn't be one in the spring and they couldn't guarantee him one in the fall."

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury recently said that the school is following team and NCAA policy. 

Mayfield threw for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Red Raiders. 

Darnell is hoping to receive a decision on the appeal within a few weeks, but said the NCAA has not provided a timetable. 

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The Sooners open their 2014 season on Aug. 30 versus Louisiana Tech.

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