Oklahoma football: Sooners taking a risk with Dorial Green-Beckham

What comes of Oklahoma’s decision to add Dorial Green-Beckham remains to be seen. Could be a stroke of genius. Could be a disaster. But here’s what we do know about the Sooners welcoming the troubled receiver — this is a risk.
by Jenni Carlson Published: July 3, 2014


photo - In this Sept., 15 2012, file photo, Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham carries the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Columbia, Mo. Green-Beckham now has seven catches for 128 yards and a touchdown through five games at Missouri, but says he feels no pressure to perform at a certain level. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)
In this Sept., 15 2012, file photo, Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham carries the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Columbia, Mo. Green-Beckham now has seven catches for 128 yards and a touchdown through five games at Missouri, but says he feels no pressure to perform at a certain level. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)

But what if the NCAA doesn’t grant that waiver? What if Green-Beckham can’t play next season?

This guy doesn’t seem to do well with idle time.

Pete Moris, the Sooners’ PR man, tweeted shortly after the announcement that Green-Beckham will have a great support system and mentors with OU football.

First of all, I’m guessing Green-Beckham had a pretty good support system and mentors when he was at Missouri, too. I have come to know several of the folks on the staff there. Offensive coordinator Josh Henson. Recruiting graduate assistant Cooper Bassett. Strength and conditioning coach Scott Bird. All of those guys are native Oklahomans. All of them are good people. Here’s betting there are a bunch more like them in Columbia.

Green-Beckham still couldn’t keep it together.

The support and the mentoring given by OU football hasn’t been magical either. Yes, there are several success stories of second chances that have worked out famously. Dusty Dvoracek. Lynn McGruder. Ryan Broyles. Jaz Reynolds. Trey Franks.

But there are also players with whom the knuckleheaded force is strong. Josh Jarboe. Rhett Bomar. Gary Simon. Trey Metoyer. Damien Williams.

And Green-Beckham has shown a strong tendency toward knuckleheadedness.

I know a big chunk of the Sooner Nation is excited about Green-Beckham’s potential because I heard from a lot of you in the hours after his addition to the team was made official.

Don’t people deserve second chances?

Sure, but this isn’t a second chance. It’s a fourth chance. And Stoops and Co. don’t often put up with that many missteps.

Just put him on a short leash.

What, he wasn’t on a short one at Missouri?

Continued drug testing and rehabilitation are to be commended. But this is a guy who had to know he was running out of chances and he still kept getting into trouble.

He gets in trouble, you cut him loose and say, “We tried to help.”

That works if he gets arrested for weed. But what if it’s something worse?

Remember those text messages from Green-Beckham’s girlfriend in that Columbia police report less than three months ago? Even though she later said she walked out with him, she was quoted as saying in her texts that Green-Beckham “drug me out by my neck and hurt me.”

The impact that Green-Beckham could have on the field is great, but so is the impact off the field.

Will the reward outweigh the risk?

We can’t possibly know. Only one thing is sure.

This is a risk.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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