DALLAS — Oklahoma remains hopeful that Dorial Green-Beckham will be able to play for the Sooners this year, OU football coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days at the Omni.
Stoops addressed the media for the first time since Green-Beckham, who was dismissed from Missouri after last season, was added to OU’s roster.
Stoops said Green-Beckham’s appeal was pending with the NCAA.
The previous relationship between Green-Beckham and Stoops and OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell helped lead to the wide receiver winding up in Norman.
After discussions with several people at Missouri, Stoops and his staff decided to pursue Green-Beckham.
“We felt the person that he is, the potential he has, we felt the opportunity to give him a second chance at our place could serve him well,” Stoops said.
Green-Beckham might have been the best player on a Missouri team that won the SEC East last season. In two years with the Tigers, Green-Beckham had 87 catches for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Green-Beckham was the top recruit in the 2012 class after setting a national high school record with 6,353 career receiving yards at Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest.
He was booted from the Tigers following accusations of breaking into an apartment and pushing a woman down stairs. He was never charge in that incident.
Green-Beckham was twice arrested for marijuana-related offenses while at Missouri.
If Green-Beckham is ruled eligible, a seemingly unlikely scenario given his past transgressions and allegations against him, he would give the Sooners offense a big boost.
OU returns just one receiver — Sterling Shepard — with any significant college experience.