by Dave Miller
August 22, 02014
The NCAA has denied Oklahoma's request for immediate eligibility for Missouri wide receiver transfer Dorial Green-Beckham.
Sooners head coach Bob Stoops announced the first week of July that Green-Beckham was joining the program after the 6-6, 225-pounder spent two years at Missouri. He was kicked off of the Tigers team in April following his indefinite suspension for allegedly shoving a female down some stairs after forcing his way into an apartment. He was never charged, but Mizzou cut ties following those allegations and a few earlier arrests for marijuana possession.
The Springfield, MO, native can participate in team activities in Norman and be eligible to compete again in games starting in 2015, under current NCAA rules. However, the Sooners were pursuing a waiver to make him eligible for 2014. It was doubtful that the NCAA was going to grant him a waiver to play this year, though, because he had not gone through any hardship besides that of his own doing. OU had filed the waiver request using the "run-off" rule, which is in place for student-athletes who transfer for reasons beyond their control.
Green-Beckham caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career at Mizzou, including 12 touchdown catches in 2013 to tie for the SEC lead. He was named the national player of the year in 2011 by Parade Magazine after setting a national prep record with 6,353 career receiving yards and 75 touchdowns.
It's interesting that the receiver chose the FBS route when he could have chosen to go to an FCS school, play immediately and then enter into the 2015 NFL Draft.
Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.