DALLAS -- Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury praised Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield during Big 12 media days Monday, and confirmed that the Red Raiders voted in favor of the Big 12 walk-on transfer rule change earlier this summer, which gave back Mayfield his fourth year of eligibility.
"I know a lot has come from Baker's side, but I loved coaching him, loved the chip on his shoulder, cheered for him in every game except one," Kingsbury said.
"It's been fun to see the success he's had."
Mayfield transferred to Oklahoma from Texas Tech after walking on and starting his freshman year in Lubbock. Texas Tech did not release Mayfield to transfer within the conference, which forced him to sit out the 2014 season.
According to previous conference transfer rules, Mayfield would've also had to forgo a fourth year of Big 12 eligibility, which would've made this season his last at Oklahoma. But last month, the Big 12's faculty athletic representatives voted 7-3 to differentiate between walk-on transfers and scholarship ones; Texas Tech supported the measure.
Kingsbury was also asked Monday whether everything has worked out for both Mayfield and the Red Raiders, who have an All-American candidate quarterback themselves, junior Patrick Mahomes II. Mayfield and Mahomes topped the Big 12 last year with 36 touchdowns apiece.
"I like both young men a lot," Kingsbury said. "Patrick [is] poised for a very good year, and I think [Oklahoma is] where Baker wanted to be and it's worked out for him there and he's had a tremendous run. I know Patrick wanted to be at Texas Tech and both guys have had a tremendous run and there is [more] yet to come."