Baker Mayfield’s coming back.
The former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner will conduct a one-day youth camp in Norman on June 19 for boys and girls grades 1-8, where they can learn fundamental football skills, meet and interact with him.
Cost is $203 per person (tax included). Ten percent discount rates are available for groups five and larger.
Mayfield will direct the camp with help from area high school and college coaches. Perks for campers include a t-shirt, souvenir autograph and a team photo with Mayfield.
Mayfield held two camps in the Norman area last spring. More information on the latest one is available at BakerMayfieldCamp.com.
Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns conducted organized team activities Thursday. He showed up looking a little different — in photos posted on the Browns Twitter account, he’d shaven his thick beard.
• Stoops to Mumme: Hal Mumme created what’s now known as the Air Raid offense. Bob Stoops has picked plenty from Mumme’s tree plenty of times.
Now, Stoops is getting straight to the roots. He hired Mumme as the XFL Dallas team’s offensive coordinator, the league announced Thursday.
Stoops hired Mike Leach, who learned under Mumme, as his offensive coordinator at OU in 1999. Stoops hired current OU head coach Lincoln Riley, who learned under Leach, as offensive coordinator in 2015.
Mumme concocted the Air Raid while he was head coach at Iowa Wesleyan College, then molded it while at Valdosta State, Kentucky, Southeastern Louisiana, New Mexico State, McMurray and Belhaven.
“I believe in the offense. It’s what we started with,” Stoops said at 2015 Big 12 media days before Riley’s first season in Norman. “As I was looking to hire somebody, I looked at what are the top total offenses in the country. And six of the top 13 were from this family of Hal Mumme, Mike Leach, however you want to put it.”
Secondary professional football leagues have used big-name hires to drive interest. Mumme left the Memphis Express — of the American Alliance Football League, which suspended operations in April — in November after just two weeks on the job.
Before that, he was Jackson State’s offensive coordinator for roughly eight months.
• Murray’s autograph sets record: Kyler Murray’s first NFL autograph wasn’t cheap.
According to the Arizona Republic, the former OU star’s first signature with the Arizona Cardinals was auctioned for $3,450 on Wednesday — a league auction record. The paper noted Tom Brady’s most recent signed helmet at the auction went for $1,250.
The NFL redirects proceeds to the draftees’ high school football programs, meaning Allen (Texas) High School added to an already hefty budget by receiving Murray’s share.
• Portal problems: Thursday, The Athletic's Max Olson reported on the high-supply, low-demand climate that’s creating a problem many college football players who entered the NCAA transfer portal during its first year in existence.
According to The Athletic, out of 450 Power 5 players in 247sports’ database who entered the portal, only 20 percent are with another Power 5 school. Teams have few spots for transfers due to NCAA rules that limit FBS schools to 25 signees per year.
OU has had at least five players enter the portal this offseason: Austin Kendall, Jaylon Robinson, Ron Tatum, Derek Green and K’Jakyre Daley. The Sooners were also a beneficiary of the portal, landing former Alabama QB Jalen Hurts.
Riley spoke on the topic during the Big 12 coaches spring conference call.
“I think we're all still in some sense getting used to it,” he said. “I think sometimes the effects of such a big change like that are ... it takes some time to maybe fully understand it, but I do think ... I mean, I think there are some positives of it. It's alarming how many people are in there.”