Big 12 reverses walk-on transfer rule one day after voting down on it

Less than 24 hours after voting against a rule that would’ve allowed walk-ons to transfer within the Big 12 without losing a season of eligibility.

This rule revolved around Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who started off his collegiate career as a walk-on at Texas Tech in 2013. Mayfield then decided to transfer to conference rival Oklahoma and Big 12 rules forced Mayfield to sit out the ’14 season. He then turned into a Heisman-caliber player during the ’15 campaign.

On Thursday, they reversed their course.

Mayfield is set to graduate following this season. The ruling was up in the air because with a year of eligibility remaining, it would have allowed him to transfer to any school (outside of the Big 12) and play immediately in 2017, effectively making him a college ‘free agent’ if you will.

When the league voted down on the proposal, it meant that if Mayfield wanted to stay with Oklahoma or another Big 12 program as a graduate player, he would have had to sit out the ’17 season.

But now with the reversal, that makes him eligible to play for the Sooners the season after he graduates. Mayfield went to Twitter after the news broke and decided to have some fun with it.

The one-day change is a bit surprising and shows how strongly the league feels about the rule alone. It was earlier in the day on Thursday prior to the reversal that one of DSN’s own described a scenario proposing that, if the original ruling was upheld, Mayfield would entertain the thought of traveling up to Ann Arbor and playing for Michigan and head coach Jim Harbaugh.

But that fantasy and the rule have both been nixed.