NCAA denies Oklahoma’s appeal seeking immediate eligibility for Dorial Green-Beckham

08/22/2014 8:16 PM

08/22/2014 8:19 PM

Former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will not be eligible to play at Oklahoma this season.

The Sooners announced Friday on Twitter that its waiver request for immediate eligibility under the NCAA’s run-off rule had been denied.

“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,” the statement from Oklahoma football’s Twitter account (@OU_Football) read, in part.

Green-Beckham — a 6-foot-6, 225-pound target who came to Missouri as one of the nation’s top recruits — was dismissed by Tigers coach Gary Pinkel in April.

He led Missouri in receptions (59) and receiving touchdowns (12) and finished second in receiving yards (883) as a sophomore last season.

Green-Beckham was the target of a burglary and assault investigation by the Columbia Police Department for reportedly forcing his way into an off-campus apartment and pushing a young woman down some stairs.

He wasn’t charged with a crime after witnesses refused to cooperate with police.

Green-Beckham was arrested twice during his Missouri career for marijuana possession.

He pled guilty to second-degree trespassing after an October 2012 arrest in a parking lot near Memorial Stadium.

Green-Beckham also was arrested in January 2014 for alleged possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in Springfield, Mo.

Oklahoma had petitioned the NCAA for eligibility this season under the run-off rule, which was implemented to protect players who were removed from their program for reasons beyond their control — usually a loss of a scholarship or conflicts with a coach.

Players who run-off but are in good academic standing can gain immediate eligibility, but the NCAA didn’t buy the argument that, because he wasn’t charged in the April incident, he qualified for the special exemption.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @todpalmer.

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