The decision of three Kansas football players to refuse Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield’s handshake earned them the enmity of the probable Heisman winner, and now it has earned them the loss of their captaincies.
Jayhawks coach David Beaty announced Tuesday that linebacker Joe Dineen, defensive tackle Daniel Wise and defensive end Dorance Armstrong will not serve as captains Saturday when Kansas faces Oklahoma State. Here’s the stunt they pulled last weekend before matching up with Mayfield and Oklahoma:
Damn, the Kansas captains were ICE COLD to Baker Mayfield pic.twitter.com/D5cwCGKmhZ
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 18, 2017
According to ESPN, Dineen expressed regret for the snub.
In a phone interview with ESPN, Dineen called the ploy to send a message to Mayfield and the Sooners “a dumb impulse decision.”
“That’s not how this game should be played,” Dineen said. “It won’t happen from me or from this program again.”
Of course, Mayfield did not emerge unscathed from the incident either. The star quarterback was caught on camera during the Sooners’ 41-3 victory grabbing his crotch and yelling “Fuck you” at the Jayhawks, which led Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley to announce Mayfield will not start Saturday against West Virginia (though he will play).
???? Baker Mayfield fired back at Kansas pic.twitter.com/s5FrQhSlDU
— Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) November 19, 2017
All in all, it seems that the Kansas players’ choice not to shake Mayfield’s hand worked out for absolutely no one. Mayfield wound up punished by his coach and tainted slightly in the eyes of Heisman voters, while the Jayhawks lost the game by 45 points and lost their captaincies, for good measure.