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Bob Stoops hopeful Green-Beckham can play this fall at Oklahoma

07/22/2014 10:39 AM

07/22/2014 2:32 PM

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops remains hopeful that transfer receiver Dorial Green-Beckham could be eligible this year as the NCAA appeals process continues.

Green-Beckham, the former Missouri star, announced his transfer to Oklahoma on July 3 after being dismissed from Missouri in early April following a rash of off-field incidents.

Stoops, speaking Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days, said he was comfortable adding Green-Beckham after building a relationship with Green-Beckham and his family during the initial recruiting process. Green-Beckham, a Springfield, Mo., native, also was familiar with Oklahoma coach Jay Norvell.

“The person that he is, “ Stoop said, “... we felt the opportunity to give him a second chance at our place could serve him well.”

Green-Beckham, who has two remaining years of eligibility, will petition the NCAA for a waiver in hopes of playing right away at Oklahoma. Green-Beckham could seek a waiver under the “run-off rule,” which 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.

Speaking at SEC media days last week, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said he previous spoke with Stoops about Green-Beckham. But 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.”

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