There’s no public ill will from Missouri coaches and players regarding Dorial Green-Beckham, who was dismissed from the Tigers in April and landed at Oklahoma on July 3.
In fact, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said he helped Green-Beckham join the Sooners.
“I talked to Bob (Stoops) probably about a month ago,” Pinkel said Wednesday during SEC Media Days.
Green-Beckham led the Tigers with 59 receptions and 12 receiving touchdowns last season. He finished second on the team with 883 yards and was poised, many believe, to emerge as a star on the national stage.
Instead, Green-Beckham, who has two remaining years of eligibility, will petition the NCAA for a waiver in hopes of playing right away at Oklahoma.
The “run-off rule” allows athletes who are denied the opportunity to return to their team for reasons outside the player’s control to appeal for immediate eligibility with their new team.
Pinkel wouldn’t offer an opinion about whether Green-Beckham should be eligible immediately. He was dismissed from the Tigers after an investigation into his role in an alleged burglary and assault.
“That’s up to the NCAA,” Pinkel said. “That’s their choice. That’s what they do. I don’t do that.”
Green-Beckham also had a case pending in his hometown of Springfield for marijuana possession, stemming from a traffic stop in January.
Pinkel made it clear that he still supports Green-Beckham.
“I want things to work well for Dorial,” Pinkel said. “That’s important to me. Hopefully, they will. I think he’s in a good place. Hopefully, he learned some lessons.
“He’s overall a good kid, and he’s got a chance to turn this whole thing into a real positive for him personally. That’s more for him as a person that I care about.”
Green-Beckham’s former teammates also expressed support.
“He seems to be doing great,” MU quarterback Maty Mauk said. “I wish him luck. I know he can do big things. He’s getting another chance. I’m excited for him, but at the same time I’ve got to worry about Mizzou. That’s what we’ve got to focus on.”
As far as replacing Green-Beckham’s production, senior wide receiver Bud Sasser will take his spot on the field, but nobody is expected to provide a yard-for-yard replacement.
Some of the production may not even come from the receivers.
Pinkel said it’s possible Missouri will again use the tight end more.
“It’ll be interesting to see what we can do,” Pinkel said. “We can use the running backs as receivers too in our offense. We have a lot of different ways to go, so that allows us to be creative.”