Kansas coach apologizes after Mayfield slighted by Jayhawks

Kansas coach apologizes after Mayfield slighted by Jayhawks

By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer

UPDATE 12:45 p.m.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will not start his final regular-season game Saturday at home against West Virginia after making a lewd gesture against Kansas.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley also stripped the senior of his captain status for the game. Riley made the announcements Monday.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Kansas coach David Beaty has apologized for his team captains not shaking hands with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, saying the move made during the pregame coin toss was unacceptable.

Beaty said Monday that he had spoken with Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, apologizing on behalf of himself and his team. He also apologized to Jayhawks fans.

After getting slighted, Mayfield jawed with the Jayhawks and had plenty of back-and-forth with some fans seated behind the Oklahoma bench during Saturday's game. He also made a lewd gesture, grabbing his crotch during the 41-3 win by the No. 3 Sooners. Mayfield apologized afterward.

Beaty said he wasn't aware that the Jayhawks captains weren't going to shake hands.

The Kansas coach says he knows his players are passionate and competitive but they needed to make a better decision.

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