Greener Grass for Green-Beckham

Typically, when a Division I athlete transfers schools, it is a requirement that they sit out for a year. However, this might not be the case for Oklahoma’s new transfer, Dorial Green-Beckham, a leading wide receiver for defending SEC East champion Missouri.

According to a report in The Oklahoman, the Sooners faculty feels “very confident” that Green-Beckham will be eligible for the 2014 season.

In early April of 2014, Green-Beckham was suspended indefinitely from Missouri for allegedly pushing a woman down a flight of stairs,  in addition to multiple prior run-ins with the law  for possession of marijuana. Mizzou had high hopes and intentions for Dorial, after a stellar 2014 break out year for their program, but all players must adhere to a standard of conduct and Green-Beckham is no exception. Luckily for him, and like many schools looking to give star players a second chance, Oklahoma picked up the highly talented player.

Although they have not filled out the forms yet, the Sooners plan to petition a waiver to the NCAA to allow Green-Beckham playtime eligibility this coming season. Oklahoma is appealing on the basis of a “run-off waiver”. The spirit and intent of this type waiver is to benefit the student athlete when a player is dismissed from a team due to reasons beyond the player’s control. Oklahoma’s claim is that Green-Beckham was never actually charged for the alleged assault occurrence; therefore, he should not have been released.

It is believed that Missouri athletics and ultimately its administration is in support of the waiver.  Jeremy Fowler, from said that Oklahoma expects Missouri to provide a written statement in support of the request for Green-Beckham’s eligibility. That is key to his chances of playtime at Oklahoma this season because the “run-off” waiver requires written support from the student’s former university.

If all goes well and the waiver appeal is approved, Oklahoma’s offense will have a booming addition to replace the loss of key player, Sterling Shepard. The Sooner offense gains a 6-foot-6, 225-pound powerhouse, one that completed 59 receptions for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He played an integral part in the Tigers’ first ever SEC East championship.

Although Green-Beckham may thrive at Oklahoma, the Sooner family fears his actions off the field may hinder his performance.

Head coach Bob Stoops reassured the fans by stating, “Dorial understands the privilege and responsibilities of representing the Oklahoma football program. He is a talented young man who is eager to get to work with the rest of our team in the classroom and on the field.”

Hopefully, Stoops can inspire Green-Beckham to apply himself on AND off the field to ensure he reaches his full potential and makes the most of his time in Norman.