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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops is taking a big chance on Dorial Green-Beckham

by Berry Tramel Published: July 22, 2014

But Stoops said he has talked with Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel, OU coaches have talked with Missouri coaches, and all say DGB is worth the risk.

“He and his family, we got to know very well through the entire recruiting process,” Stoops said. “Missouri stated as much, that they believe in him as a young man, the kind of person he is and can be. He has made mistakes but we believe he’s capable of doing the things that are necessary to have a successful collegiate career and represent his family, his self and the university in a positive way.”

No doubt Stoops took this one all the way up the flagpole, to president David Boren. But to Stoops’ credit, he’s not shirking responsibility.

“It comes back to me and to Dorial,” Stoops said, and he’s right. If DGB screws up this chance, he’s betrayed a coach who believes in him.

“In the end, I am not one to easily give up on young people,” Stoops said. “Dorial or anybody else. My coaches will tell you. We have a firm background in discipline. And I have given a lot of our players more than two chances to improve, to do things right and to show that you can grow from this, and be the kind of person and citizen we want you can be.

“I believe Dorial can do that. And I feel strongly that he and all the people we work with deserve that chance, to show they can be that kind of person. Again, I’m not one to give up on kids in a quick way. I never have. Hopefully, he’ll take this opportunity and show everyone the true character and person that he can be and is.”

If Green-Beckham can do that, it’s a success story for him and a home run for Stoops. He’ll have helped a kid turn his life around. A kid who just happens to be a college Calvin Johnson. And if Green-Beckham improbably wins his appeal for immediately eligibility, the loaded Sooners become even more dangerous. Even if DGB has to sit out, there appears to be some kind of undisclosed deal, that he will not declare for the NFL Draft next spring but would indeed play a season for the Sooners. Stoops declined comment, but if there’s no deal, there’s no reason for Stoops not to say so.

If Green-Beckham reveals his true character the wrong way, Stoops looks like a win-at-all-cost coach, despite his past successes in manhood molding.

Bringing in Green-Beckham is high risk, high reward. This story is not likely to end in a wash.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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