Updates from Friday, Aug. 22
The Oklahoma Sooners have released a statement on the NCAA denying Dorial Green-Beckham's immediate eligibility:
Dorial Green-Beckham's quest for an eligibility exemption now rests with the NCAA's appeals board. As expected, the University of Oklahoma formally filed an appeal to grant the troubled wide receiver immediate eligibility after his dismissal from Missouri.
Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports first reported the news Tuesday:
Green-Beckham transferred to Oklahoma this summer after being kicked off the Missouri football team due to off-the-field issues. Typically, players who transfer from one FBS program to another are forced to forfeit one year of eligibility. Green-Beckham will be eligible for the 2015 season if his appeal is denied.
Oklahoma is planning to file the appeal under the so-called "run-off" waiver, per Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman. The exception allows players who did not leave their previous programs under their own volition to immediately become eligible elsewhere. Oklahoma feels "very confident" a waiver will be granted based on past precedent, per Kersey.
There is no word on when Green-Beckham can expect to receive a decision. Oklahoma opens its 2014 season against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 30, so one would reasonably discern that the Sooners will know by then.
While it's unlikely to make much of a difference in the opener, the NCAA's decision may ultimately determine the Sooners' ceiling in 2014.
Already expected to compete for one of the four spots in the new College Football Playoff, adding Green-Beckham would give Oklahoma's offense a whole new dimension. The 6'6" junior made 59 receptions for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, showing flashes of his world-beating potential. Green-Beckham was considered the top recruit in the class of 2012 by 247Sports' composite system and drew numerous comparisons to Lions star Calvin Johnson.
Those comparisons started to look more reasonable last season. Green-Beckham had a four-touchdown game against Kentucky, dominated Auburn in the SEC Championship Game and helped lead the Tigers to a surprising 12-2 record.
With the talent, unfortunately, comes character concerns. Green-Beckham was arrested twice on separate marijuana charges at Missouri, though he was not charged in the second incident. He was dismissed from the program outright in April after allegedly trying to break into a female acquaintance's apartment. The victim did not press charges because "she was afraid of the media and community backlash," per David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune.
“So through extensive conversations with them, visiting with our leadership, as well, it comes back to me and to Dorial,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops told reporters in July. “In the end, I am not one to easily give up on young people. Dorial or anybody else. My coaches will tell you. We have a firm background in discipline."
Green-Beckham will be Trevor Knight's top receiver should his appeal be granted. Knight, who went through bouts of wild inaccuracy during his freshman season, would unquestionably benefit from having someone to bail him out on 50-50 balls. Great receivers can make inconsistent quarterbacks look better than their skill level.
He would also give the Sooners a more balanced attack. Mike Stoops' defensive unit is expected to be among the best in the nation. The weaknesses for Oklahoma last season were largely offensive, and a big-play threat like Green-Beckham would help assuage concerns.
For now, it's all a waiting game.
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