Former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will enroll at Oklahoma, Sooners football coach Bob Stoops announced on Thursday.
Green-Beckham, who was dismissed from Missouri after a series of off-field troubles after two seasons, will sit out this season and become eligible to play for Oklahoma in 2015, according to the university.
But could Green-Beckman find himself in a Sooners uniform, uh, sooner?
Oklahoma will pursue a waiver from the NCAA to allow Green-Beckham to play this season, but it might be a long shot.
Under NCAA transfer rules, players must sit out of competition for a year when transferring between Division I programs. The NCAA grants exceptions for certain circumstances such as family hardship. Oklahoma’s argument for immediate play is uncertain.
Athletes who sit out under transfer rules can practice with the team, and Green-Beckham would be paired on the scout team with Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield.
Green-Beckham might have a decision to make before the 2015 season. Would he rather enter the NFL Draft? Green-Beckham becomes eligible in 2015 because that’s three years after his high school class graduated.
“I appreciate the opportunity from Coach Stoops and the University of Oklahoma,” Green-Beckham said in a release. “I’ve disappointed myself and others in the past. I know that I have a lot work to do and I’m ready to get started.”
The Sooners are also fired up about the move. Assistant coach Jay Norvell, Oklahoma’s co-offensive coordinator, posted a photo of him and Green-Beckham on on his Twitter account with the caption, “Excited to welcome Dorial Green-Beckham to our Oklahoma Family.”
At Missouri, Green-Beckham, a Springfield native, largely delivered on the promise of being recognized as the nation’s top recruit by one national service. Last season, he led the Tigers with 59 receptions for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the SEC Championship Game against Auburn, Green-Beckham caught six passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns.
But on-field excellence came with off-field headaches for Mizzou.
Green-Beckham was investigated for allegedly forcing open an apartment door and pushing an 18-year-old woman down several stairs. He wasn’t charged, but that incident along with two arrests for alleged drug-related incidents while attending Missouri led to his dismissal by coach Gary Pinkel in April.
In Oklahoma’s statement, Green-Beckham said the right things.
“The university has made the expectations clear and I want to live up to them and be a positive part of campus and team,” Green-Beckham said. “I also want to thank Coach Gary Pinkel and the University of Missouri.”
Previous speculation linked Green-Beckham to Eastern Illinois as a transfer destination. Green-Beckham wouldn’t need an appeal to play immediately at the Football Championship Subdivision school.