‘Disappointed’ Pinkel addresses Green-Beckham suspension

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In a surprising break from his long-standing policy, Gary Pinkel has decided to publicly address a disciplinary measure taken against one of his Missouri football players.

As you no doubt know by now, star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was indefinitely suspended by the Mizzou football program Monday, officially for violating unspecified team rules and unofficially as he’s caught up in yet another police investigation. It’s the second time the receiver has been suspended, and the third time his name has been attached to a legal “situation.”

Following Tuesday’s practice, Green-Beckham’s head coach didn’t even attempt to hide his disappointment at the continued antics of one of his players.

“Obviously, I have 126 players and I’m responsible for every one of them. I take that responsibility, just like I have with the three kids that I raised. Obviously, I’m disappointed. I’m frustrated. We run this program with integrity. We teach our players to be accountable, responsible people. When they make mistakes — they’re going to make some mistakes — but when they’re serious mistakes, obviously that stings. It stings me. It stings the players. It stings our fans. My job is to get that fixed. That’s what I intend to do.”

Those stark, straight-to-the-point comments came immediately after Pinkel stated he’s “been doing this for 14 years… [and] I’ve never discussed disciplinary issues in 14 years.”

The latest off-field misstep for one of the most talented receivers in the country is also one of the most confusing. While Green-Beckham is part of a Columbia Police Department probe into an alleged burglary, it’s unclear what role, if any, he played. From the Kansas City Star, reporting from what appears to be a very generic police report released Tuesday:

The report does not name any person, so it is not known whether Green-Beckham is a suspect, victim or witness. No one has been charged in the case, and Green-Beckham has not been arrested. Police are expected to release a complete incident report in the next few days.

The report says a first-degree burglary was reported at 2:36 a.m. Sunday at the Brookside Townhomes, 310 Old Plank Road.

Residents told the Columbia Missourian that Green-Beckham was involved in an incident there around that time. One resident said he saw a woman hit a white Dodge Charger, driven by Green-Beckham, as it left the parking lot.

Green-Beckham led the Tigers in receptions (59) and receiving touchdowns (12) in 2013, a year after he being rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2012.  The off-field issues, though, continue to crop up at an alarming rate.

In January of this year, he was arrested on felony drug charges, although it was subsequently reported that court documents showed there was no evidence the player was selling marijuana.  That incident remains under investigation and the charges unresolved.  In October of 2012, Green-Beckham was one of three Mizzou football players arrested for pot possession.

Arizona State, Mississippi State ink home-and-home

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Arizona State and Mississippi State on Tuesday announced a home-and-home series to be played in 2024-25. Arizona State will host the first game in Tempe on Sept. 7, 2024, and the clubs will meet in Starkville on Sept. 6, 2025.

The Sun Devils and Bulldogs have never met previously.

The Arizona State trip is not Mississippi State’s only upcoming trek from the Deep South to the Southwest. The Bulldogs also lined up a visit to Arizona in 2020 and Texas Tech in 2029. Mississippi State will open the 2024 season against Eastern Kentucky and visit Southern Miss the week after its Arizona State visit, on Sept. 14. The Bulldogs have no other games lined up in 2025 as of yet, according to FBSchedules.

Likewise, Mississippi State is not the Sun Devils’ lone upcoming SEC opponent. Arizona State has a home-and-home with LSU on the docket for 2026-28, per FBSchedules. The Mississippi State games complete both of the Sun Devils’ non-conference schedules for these respective seasons. Arizona State opens with Wyoming and visits Texas State in 2024, and hosts Northern Arizona and Texas State in 2025.

UCLA lands Texas Tech graduate transfer OL Justin Murphy

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Help is on the way for Chip Kelly‘s offensive line. One graduate transfer offensive lineman has the Bruins on his list, but another has already pulled the trigger for UCLA.

Texas Tech graduate transfer Justin Murphy on Tuesday committed to UCLA in a post on his Twitter account.

A native of Belton, Texas, Murphy signed with Texas Tech in 2014 and made four starts at right guard as a redshirt freshman. He again started four games at right guard in ’15 before moving out to tackle, where he started another four games. But after battling a series of knee injuries, Murphy announced in the middle of the 2016 season he had medically retired from the game.

After sitting out 2017, Murphy announced in March he planned to make a comeback.

UCLA remarkably started the same offensive linemen in all 13 games last season, but tackle Kolton Miller entered the NFL draft, guard Najoee Toran and center Scott Quessenberry graduated.

Toledo posts, then deletes, tweet offering to change mascot to Shrek

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There are plenty of annoying trends on Twitter, but perhaps the worst is the “I’ll do X if this gets retweeted X-thousand amount of times.” I blame Wendy’s.

But blanket policies are never a good way to go through life, and an exception was made on Tuesday when Toledo offered to change its mascot from a rocket to Shrek with 500,000 retweets.

Sadly, some dreams are simply too beautiful to live in this fallen world, and the tweet was outed to be a hoax. “We are definitely not changing the school mascot to Shrek,” Toledo media relations specialist Christine Billau told USA Today. “The tweet was meant to be fun, but it caused too much of a distraction.”

Meanwhile, Bowling Green gleefully hopped on the dog pile with both elbows pointed out.

UMass grad transfer lineman narrows choices to Auburn, UCLA, USC

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It’s not yet known to where Jack Driscoll will transfer, but the field has been significantly narrowed.

Earlier this offseason, Driscoll decided to transfer from UMass.  Tuesday, the offensive tackle confirmed to Rivals.com that he’s down to three schools as a potential landing spot — Auburn, UCLA and USC.

Neither football program will have to wait long for a decision as Driscoll expects to make an announcement Wednesday.  Driscoll had taken an official visit to all three of the campuses prior to whittling down his transfer to-do list.

“It will come down to one of those three schools,” the lineman told AuburnSports.com. “I feel like all three of the schools would be a good fit.”

Driscoll will graduate from UMass early next month, and will be eligible to play immediately in 2018 at whichever program he selects.  The upcoming season will be the first of two years of eligibility the 6-5, 294-pound lineman has remaining.

After starting eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2016, with most of those starts coming at left guard, he started all 12 games in 2017.  All of those starts this past season came at right tackle for the football-independent Minutemen. He was named to Phil Steele’s All-Independent first team while he earned second-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) honors for good measure.