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Missouri RBs Hansbrough, Murphy expected to play, Copelin dismissed

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Running backs Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy are expected to play when No. 18 Missouri hosts Indiana on Saturday.

Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Hansbrough left the Tigers’ 38-10 win against Central Florida on Saturday on the first play in the fourth quarter after feeling “dizzy.” Murphy didn’t play the final five minutes due to a mild ankle strain.

Pinkel said both players could have re-entered but didn’t because of Missouri’s lead.

The duo has combined for 462 of the team’s 570 yards rushing this season and both are listed atop the depth chart.

Pinkel also announced the dismissal of receiver Levi Copelin for an undisclosed reason. The sophomore was previously suspended for the season after failing an NCAA-administered drug test.


Missouri back in Show-Me mode again 

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Just like last season, Missouri begins fall workouts way under the radar.

The Tigers are coming off a 12-win season and SEC Eastern division title, but must replace numerous key players including NFL draft picks Kony Ealy, Justin Britt, E.J. Gaines and Michael Sam. James Franklin, a three-year starter at quarterback, and running back Henry Josey are among nine players in all at NFL training camps.

Missouri was picked fourth in the Eastern Division, which will serve as motivation for the returning players who Read more of this post

Missouri indefinitely suspends wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham

Story by Philip Joens

Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, shown in this January 2014 sheriff's arrest photo, was indefinitely suspended from the team on Monday, Apirl 7, 2014. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial,” coach Gary Pinkel said. Source: Greene County Sheriff's office.

Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, shown in this January 2014 sheriff’s arrest photo, was indefinitely suspended from the team on Monday, April 7, 2014. Source: Greene County Sheriff’s office.

COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri indefinitely suspended wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham on Monday for a violation of football team policies.

In an official Athletic Department release, coach Gary Pinkel said, “It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial,”

This is the second suspension for the junior wide receiver. Green-Beckham, along with teammates Levi Copelin and Torey Boozer, were arrested on Oct. 3, 2012 for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.

Each player was suspended for one game following their arrests, and all three eventually pled guilty to second-degree trespassing.

In January 2014, Green-Beckham was arrested as a passenger in a car that contained close to one pound of marijuana. No charges were filed.

“We have high standards related to the expectations that come along with!–more–> being a <Missouri Tiger,” Pinkel said. “Dorial has not met those recently. Representing Mizzou and our fans is a privilege, and we’ll work with him during this process,”

The Springfield, Mo., native arrived at the university to great fanfare in 2012. Rivals.com ranked him as the top player of the 2011-2012 recruiting class.

Green-Beckham played an important role last season in Missouri’s march to its first SEC East title. He led the team with 59 receptions and 12 touchdowns. Averaging 15 yards per catch, for a total of 883 yards, he finished behind L’Damian Washington in both the total yards and yards per catch categories.

The official release states that Green-Beckham will continue to have access to the school’s athletic resource center during his suspension.

Boozer dismissed from Mizzou football team

By The Associated Press

Torey Boozer, a backup Missouri linebacker arrested on drug charges during the 2012 season, has been dismissed from the team.

Team spokesman Chad Moller says the redshirt freshman linebacker is no longer a member of the Tigers. He declined further comment.

Boozer was arrested in October on marijuana possession charges along with classmates Dorial Green-Beckham and Levi Copelin after the three teammates were reportedly smoking pot in a campus parking lot near Memorial Stadium.

Boozer later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing, as did his two teammates, who remain on the squad. He was listed as third-string on the team’s most recent depth chart.

Mizzou football prepares for Saturday’s Black and Gold Game

By John Guminski

With temperatures dropping overnight, Missouri football practiced indoors at Devine Pavilion Thursday afternoon for the second day this week. The Tigers worked on special teams, defensive coverage and short throws before breaking into team drills. Today was the final practice before their second scrimmage, which is set for 9 a.m. Saturday. The Black and Gold Game will be held Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m.

Marijuana busts at Mizzou prompt call for new procedure 

By the Associated Press

The recent arrests of three Missouri football players accused of smoking marijuana on campus has some students questioning how the university handles what is a fairly routine infraction on a 34,000 student campus.

Top recruit Dorial Green-Beckham, a wide receiver, and two freshman teammates face misdemeanor charges of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana and a mid-November court date. They were suspended for one game — a 19-15 Missouri home loss to Vanderbilt — but are now back with the Tigers (4-4), who beat Kentucky 33-10 on Saturday for the school’s first Southeastern Conference win.

A 2004 city law approved by Columbia voters treats such cases as low-level, municipal court offenses similar to traffic citations. Violators are typically given a summons to appear in court but not arrested.

The university police force follows more stringent state procedures for marijuana arrests — meaning Green-Beckham, linebacker Torey Boozer and wide receiver Levi Copelin were handcuffed and driven to the university police department after a patrol officer smelled pot in a white Lincoln Navigator sitting in a parking lot near Memorial Stadium shortly before midnight on Oct. 3. The students were released after providing fingerprints and mug shots.

Soon after the player arrests and criticism from student drug reform activists, campus Police Chief Jack Watring said he would review the procedures. Watring also said that he was unaware city officers didn’t arrest pot possession offenders, despite the law being in effect for eight years.

After consulting with municipal Judge Robert Aulgur, Watring said there are no plans to change campus police arrest procedures.

“We are not changing anything we do,” Watring said. “There is some criticism that we treated the athletes differently. That is absolutely not the case. We treated the athletes exactly the same way we treated all the others.”

Senior nursing student Alexis Lyle, president of the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, called the campus arrest policy a slap in the face to the Columbia voters who approved the 2004 ballot initiative.

“A lot of people who vote in Columbia, Missouri, are students,” she said.” It’s not like there’s a separate election for us.”

Lyle said the university’s stance fits into a pattern of government officials in Missouri disregarding citizens’ more lenient stances on marijuana. In the southwest Missouri city of Springfield, elected leaders in late September repealed a citizen-driven ordinance that lowered punishments for small amounts of marijuana — an ordinance modeled after Columbia’s statutes.

The council initially adopted the marijuana petition but made it clear they planned to overturn the change.

“It saddens me that judges and police chiefs and politicians would try to deny us these rights,” she said.

Watring also defended his earlier public comments about the city’s marijuana arrest procedures.

“We don’t have everyday contact with the Columbia Police Department,” he said. “They have their own policies and procedures.”

“When I said we weren’t aware of what they’re doing, there’s no reason for us to be aware of what they’re doing,” he added. “They do their thing, we do our thing.”

City residents found to have violated the more lax marijuana possession laws must still be booked after their trial, the chief said, calling the decision to immediately process marijuana suspects one that is partially about convenience.

“They do it after they go to court. We do it before we go to court,” he said, estimating that the campus police department makes two to three such arrests weekly when school is in session.

Once in city court, violators typically pay a fine of no more than $250 and receive community service in lieu of jail time. The conviction is dropped if the offender stays out of legal trouble for another year, though repeat offenders and those with felony convictions are exempt.

Missouri’s Dorial Green-Beckham among five freshmen suspended for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt

This story was updated at 8:08 p.m.

By Joe Vozzelli

From left: Freshmen Dorial Green-Beckham, Levi Copelin and Torey Boozer were arrested just before midnight Wednesday.

Missouri freshman wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and four other players have been suspended for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.

Green-Beckham, the No. 1  recruit in the 2012 class according to Rivals, was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of marijuana possession, according to MU Police Capt. Brian Weimer. Freshman receiver Levi Copelin and freshman linebacker Torey Boozer were also arrested, Weimer said.

Green-Beckham, Copelin and Boozer were found in a white 2004 Lincoln Navigator in parking Lot G, which is just south of Memorial Stadium. The three of them had less than 35 grams of marijuana, according to Weimer. Green-Beckham is the registered owner of the Lincoln Navigator.

Each was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession and released with a summons to appear in court next month. Under a 2004 ballot measure approved by city voters, possession of small amounts of pot in Columbia is treated as a low-level offense in municipal court similar to a traffic citation. Violators typically pay a fine of no more than $250 and receive community service in lieu of jail time.

Capt. Weimer was able to confirm that freshman defensive lineman Harold Brantley and freshman tight end Brandon Holifield were also in the car. They were not arrested, though.

Green-Beckham, who is listed as a reserve but is often on the field in three- and four-receiver sets, is the only player among the five to see meaningful action this year. The rest are expected to redshirt their freshman seasons.

The MU Provost Office couldn’t comment on whether or not Green-Beckham, Copelin or Boozer would be subject to any academic suspensions.

Green-Beckham, Copelin, Boozer, Brantley and Holifield have all been suspended for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt (1-3), Missouri football spokesman Chad Moller said in a statement.

The statement also said the situation would be handled internally and that the team had no further comment.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.

Defense wins in Mizzou’s first football scrimmage of the season

In the first of several scheduled scrimmages before the first game of the season, the defense beat the offense 16-12. James Franklin, still in the starting quarterback position, went 18-22 in passes for 228 yards.

“Overall I thought it was a good day,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “(We had) too many penalties, which is typical of the first scrimmage, but I thought the hitting was good, I thought we were competitive, we’ll get some guys back next week.”

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Reserve quarterbacks Corbin Berkstresser and Maty Mauk also had good days.  Berkstresser completed 13-of-31 passes for 121 yards, but was the victim of at least five drops by would-be receivers.  Mauk, in his first-ever scrimmage at Mizzou, completed 25-of-36 passes for 152 yards, and did not turn the ball over.

Pinkel was encouraged by the play of Kendial Lawrence.  “Here’s a young tailback out there making catches like a wide receiver. In our scheme, with our running backs, acceleration speed is hugely important, and also the ability to get to the point of the football to be able to catch the ball, and he can certainly do that,” Pinkel said. Lawrence scored the only touchdown, a 1-yard run that capped off a 75-yard drive.

Freshman wide receiver Levi Copelin had a team-best 7 receptions (37 yards) and junior wide receiver Jimmie Hunt caught six balls for a team-best 68 yards.

Lots of Tigers were held out of Saturday’s action due to injuries. “We’ve got some offensive line issues. We had three guys that started the season that we thought would be in the top-10 and they’re not even going to play,” Pinkel said. Those who did not play Saturday include:  TE Eric Waters (knee), TB Greg White (shoulder), WR Darius White (hamstring), WR T.J. Moe (hamstring), OL Chris Freeman (knee), OL Taylor Chappell (knee), TB Henry Josey (knee), OL Justin Britt (foot), TB Russell Hansbrough (ankle), CB Kip Edwards (leg) and DT Lucas Vincent (pectoral muscle).

The Tigers will be off on Sunday, return to practice Monday and have their next scrimmage on Thursday.

This report uses information from MUTigers.com