Oklahoma has suspended freshman running back Joe Mixon for the season after he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault.
Mixon is accused of knocking a woman unconscious with a punch and breaking several bones in her face last month. A former Freedom High star, Mixon was one of the nation's top recruits and a potential starter.
An Oklahoma release Monday said university President David Boren accepted the recommendation of athletic director Joe Castiglione and coach Bob Stoops to suspend Mixon. He will be excluded from all team activities and removed from the team roster.
After Monday's practice, Stoops chose not to talk about Mixon.
The school said with appropriate conditions, Mixon will be permitted to continue as a student, eligible for financial aid.
According to a probable cause affidavit released by the Cleveland County District Attorney's office, the alleged victim told police Mixon directed a homosexual slur at her friend and that there was an argument. The affidavit said that according to surveillance video, the woman then pushed Mixon and Mixon lunged at her. The woman then slapped Mixon in the face, and he reacted by punching her in the face. She fell onto a table, then to the ground, and Mixon then left the scene. The woman suffered a fractured jaw, broken cheek bone, fractured sinus and "fractured orbit" near her left eye.
Mixon's lawyer, Kevin Finlay, said in a statement last week that he felt the woman should have been charged with assault and battery. He was disappointed that Mixon was charged with the misdemeanor.
"As we have maintained from the beginning, it is our belief that Joe reacted instinctively after being racially slurred and physically assaulted by a highly intoxicated young woman and her male friend," Finlay said. "We strongly disagree with the series of events as portrayed by Norman PD. Justice knows no gender bias, and we do not believe that Joe's actions were criminal in nature."
Saint Mary's will play host to Santa Clara when West Coast Conference men's basketball play begins Dec. 27. The conference released its 2014-15 schedule Monday.
The Gaels welcome USF on Dec. 29, the same day Santa Clara visits Pacific. Game times have yet to be set.
The WCC tournament is March 5-10 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Wire services contributed to this report.