Green-Beckham denied eligibility at OU after NCAA decision

By The Associated Press
NORMAN, Okla. — Dorial Green-Beckham will not be allowed to play for Oklahoma this season after the NCAA denied the school’s request for a waiver that would have made the talented receiver eligible to play right now.

“The University of Oklahoma has learned that the waiver request it entered on behalf of Dorial Green-Beckham has been denied by the NCAA,” the university said in a statement released Friday night. “The University accepts that decision and will continue to provide the appropriate assistance to Dorial, just as it does with other students in helping him grow personally from the many opportunities available to him at OU.”

Green-Beckham transferred to Oklahoma after being dismissed by Missouri in April after several run-ins with the law during his two years at the school.
NCAA rules require players to sit out a season when they transfer from one FBS school to another, but Oklahoma requested a waiver to allow Green-Beckham to play this season on the grounds he was “run-off” the team at Missouri.

Green-Beckham is a former five-star recruit from Springfield, Missouri, who was developing into one of the top receivers in the country last year as a sophomore. He caught 59 passes for 883 yards and scored 12 touchdowns.

But his time at Missouri also was filled with off-field troubles.

Green-Beckham was charged in October 2012 with marijuana possession, and later pleaded guilty to trespassing.

He also was arrested along with two other men in January in his hometown of Springfield when police found a pound of marijuana in their car. No criminal charges have been filed in that case against Green-Beckham.

The last incident was an investigation into a suspected burglary, though Green-Beckham was neither arrested nor charged. A woman accused Green-Beckham of forcing his way into her apartment and pushing her down a few stairs.

Green-Beckham could have transferred out of FBS and played immediately, but Sooners coaches decided to bring him to Norman and take a shot at getting him eligible.

No. 4 Oklahoma has a loaded team, but one of its few questionable spots is receiver, where the Sooners are short on proven talent. He has been practicing with the team in the preseason.

Now the question is whether he’ll ever play for the Sooners.

The 6-foot-6 Green-Beckham has two years of college eligibility left, but he could also enter next year’s NFL draft.

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