Oklahoma football: Dorial Green-Beckham officially joins Sooners, but many questions remain unanswered

Perhaps the most pressing question is this: Can trouble former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham play for Oklahoma in 2014? According to sources close to the program, OU plans to pursue an NCAA waiver for immediate eligibility.
by Jason Kersey Published: July 3, 2014

“I think the idea that Missouri would come back and say, ‘No, actually, he was not dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons’ is a little farfetched.”

Another case that could give Green-Beckham hope for a waiver is that of basketball player Dez Wells, who was expelled from Xavier two summers ago after sexual assault allegations but was never charged. Wells gained immediate eligibility at Maryland.

Green-Beckham was never charged in the allegations of burglary and assault that resulted in his dismissal from Missouri.

“What I was told about that case is that it is more complicated than simply the fact that he was expelled for something that was never charged as a crime,” Infante said. “There are other factors there. Without knowing what those factors are, it’s hard to say whether those two situations are similar enough that Green-Beckham should get the same result.”

Infante said Oklahoma’s best bet with Green-Beckham is probably to “get all the spaghetti together and throw it against the wall to see if any of it sticks.”

Green Beckham (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons at Missouri. He set the national high school record with 6,353 career receiving yards and 75 touchdowns at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Mo.

The Sooners were in the hunt for Green-Beckham during his high-profile recruitment in 2012, when he ultimately chose to sign with Missouri.

“We are pleased to welcome Dorial to the University of Oklahoma, where he is excited to continue his education and resume his playing career,” Stoops said in the statement. “Dorial understands the privilege and responsibilities of representing the Oklahoma Football program. He is a talented young man who is eager to get to work with the rest of our team in the classroom and on the field.”

According to sources, Green-Beckham will be held to a zero-tolerance policy with the Sooners because of his checkered past.

“I appreciate this opportunity from Coach Stoops and the University of Oklahoma,” Green-Beckham said in a statement. “There are people here who will help me build a strong foundation. I’ve disappointed myself and others in the past. I know that I have a lot of work to do and I’m ready to get started.

“The university has made the expectations clear and I want to live up to them and be a positive part of the campus and team.”


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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