Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield criticized TCU coach Gary Patterson and his recruiting practices.
Mayfield and the Sooners are No. 4 in the College Football Playoff and face Clemson in the first semifinal game on Thursday. Mayfield transferred to Oklahoma in January 2014 after a year at Texas Tech, where he started as a walk-on in his true freshman season.
During a playoff media appearance, Mayfield criticized TCU, which recruited the quarterback out of high school.
“They told me they were going to offer me a scholarship and kind of drug it out,” Mayfield said of TCU. “I told other schools that I wasn't interested because I thought I was going there. I truly believed they were going to offer me because they told me that. They disappointed (me). They kind of hung me out to dry right before signing day.”
Mayfield said Patterson does not like him, but that he had “no comment about that.” The quarterback also called a columnist from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal “absolutely ignorant,” when asked about a recent article critical of him published in the newspaper.
“I've moved on. [Texas Tech] coach [Kliff] Kingsbury has moved on. The players, everybody's moved on, besides the [Avalanche] Journal people,” Mayfield said. “It's ridiculous. It's been over two years now.”
“I like Baker Mayfield. I think he's a good kid and that's what disappoints me,” Patterson said. “If Baker Mayfield wants to blame TCU for 128 BCS schools not offering him a scholarship, that's fine. But ask Kliff Kingsbury why he didn't offer him a scholarship at Texas Tech. Ask about Baker's dad [James]. He's an arrogant guy who thinks he knows everything. If people knew the whole story, they might not have a great opinion of Baker or his father.
“Remember what was going on then. Casey Pachall was in alcohol rehab, we already had Trevone [Boykin], Tyler Matthews was an early commit. When we knew we were getting Casey back, there just wasn't a need. This stuff happens all the time.”
Mayfield, who was named the Big 12 offensive player of the year, completed 68.6% of his passes this season, throwing for 3,389 yards, 35 touchdowns and five interceptions.