According to Sportsline.com, the Oklahoma Sooners announced that Dorial Green-Beckham would not take the field in 2014. On Friday, the NCAA denied Oklahoma’s waiver to have Green-Beckham available for his first season with the Sooners.
Here’s an excerpt of Oklahoma’s press release via Sportsline.com: “The University accepts that decision and will continue to provide the appropriate assistances to Dorial, just as it does with other students, in helping him grow personally from the many opportunities available to him at OU.”
Dorial Green-Beckham was Missouri’s prized recruit just a few short years ago, but by the time his sophomore season wrapped up, he had worn out his welcome with the Tigers. After being forced out of the program by coaches and the administrators, DGB decided to jumpstart his career at Oklahoma.
The Sooners used a little known concept called the “run off” rule to increase Dorial Green-Beckham’s chances of participating in 2014. The main gist of the rule is to provide immediate eligibility for players that were forced out of their former program. As CBS Sports states, it’s for players that have to “transfer for reasons beyond their control.”
Even though Green-Beckham had a couple off season legal difficulties, if Missouri still wanted him on the team, he would have been allowed to play. Therefore, the sole reason why DGB is not playing college football this year is because the SEC East champion didn’t want him.
However, the NCAA did not agree with Oklahoma’s stance on the situation, and rule against Green-Beckham’s eligibility this season. If Dorial Green-Beckham decided to go to an FCS school, the NCAA would have no problem with him playing right away.
Green-Beckham is a big receiver and he would have helped Oklahoma vie for a spot in the first College Football Playoff system. In similar fashion to a couple other high profile Oklahoma players, Green-Beckham will be on the sideline if he chooses to stay with the Sooners.
Dorial Green-Beckham finished with 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013.
There’s a very good chance that DGB has played his last game in college. After this season, he will be eligible for the NFL Draft, so it’s still unknown what would be best for the third year receiver.
Still, if Green-Beckham decides to stay at Oklahoma for two years, he could be a top five pick in the 2016 draft. A solid year and a half would have DGB far removed from his incidents in Missouri.