NORMAN — University of Oklahoma officials feel very confident about their chances to get wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham approved for immediate eligibility with an NCAA waiver, sources told The Oklahoman.
OU still hasn’t filed the appeal yet, but plans to send it to the NCAA soon after they receive additional documentation from Missouri.
According to sources, OU will appeal using the so-called “run-off” waiver, created by the NCAA a couple years ago for players who were removed from their programs for reasons beyond their control. Oklahoma State’s basketball team added senior point guard Anthony Hickey, a three-year starter at LSU, and Hickey was granted immediate eligibility under the run-off rule.
Green-Beckham’s appeal will center around the fact that he was never charged in the incident that ultimately got him kicked off Missouri’s football team, sources said. The receiver was alleged to have broken into an apartment and shoved a woman down stairs.
Green-Beckham caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons at Missouri. In the Tigers’ SEC Championship Game loss last December to Auburn, he recorded six catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns.
If Green-Beckham does become eligible this season, it would be a major boost to an inexperienced OU wide receiver group. Junior Sterling Shepard is the only returning wideout with any significant experience at this level.