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Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon finally faced the media Tuesday.
He wasn't talking about an assault case that led to him being suspended for the entire 2014 season.
Mixon attended Orange Bowl media day with the rest of his coaches and teammates, after being off-limits to such scrutiny all year.
He was flanked by Oklahoma's chief media official, Mike Houck, who made sure Mixon never responded to questions about the legal case, which stemmed from allegations that he punched a woman in the face.
Mixon entered an Alford plea to the misdemeanor charge, performed 100 hours of community service and underwent counseling.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops acknowledged that Mixon was under strict orders not to discuss the case.
The running back followed those instructions, repeatedly turning down any questions on the subject _ even when surrounded by more than a dozen reporters.
"I told you I'm not going to answer that," Mixon said at one point. "You keep asking, but I already told you that's not happening."
Toward the end of the hourlong session, Mixon repeatedly looked around and tugged at his jersey, like he was ready to go.
He insisted that it wasn't a burden, however.
"I've definitely been at the low," he said. "But I'm at a high point in my life."