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Dorial Green-Beckham dismissed by Mizzou

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Even if you thought this was the course of action the football program should’ve taken, this is still one of those “WOW!” moments in sports.

Just a few short hours after Dorial Green-Beckham released a statement accepting responsibility for his actions, Missouri shocked the college football world by announcing that the talented but troubled wide receiver has been dismissed from the football program.

“This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind,” said head coach Gary Pinkel in a statement. “Dorial’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs. As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family. We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start.”

Since coming to Mizzou in 2012 as’s top-rated player in that recruiting cycle, Green-Beckham has twice been suspended, and twice he’s been arrested on pot-related charges — one felony in nature — in addition to the latest Columbia Police Department investigation into an alleged robbery.  The latter was by far the most disturbing as an incident report stemming from the report of a first-degree burglary stated that Green-Beckham pushed one woman down a several steps as well as injuring another female, his girlfriend, very early this past Sunday morning.

The victims, one of whom was quoted in the incident report as stating she was afraid of the media and community backlash, declined to press charges, forcing the police to drop the case.

Green-Beckham was indefinitely suspended earlier in the week, and remained that way even after he was “cleared” in the robbery probe.

“We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes,” said athletic director Mike Alden. “Though we provide the resources and mentoring to all of our student-athletes, we are also responsible to the community at large and to the ideals and values of the University of Missouri. We have determined that this was a necessary step for our football team, athletic department, the University and our community.”

Despite Green-Beckham’s checkered past, he would have undoubtedly — hopefully after he gets his issue straightened out — become one of the most sought-after transfer in the recent memory.  At 6-6, 225 pounds, Green-Beckham is one of the most talented receivers in the country and has the stats to back it up: last season during the Tigers run to the SEC championship game, the sophomore led the team with 59 receptions and 12 receiving touchdowns.

Those numbers and his raw physical ability will have teams clamoring for his services — if he even makes it back to the FBS level.

As for the immediate future, Green-Beckham has three options: drop down to the FCS level or lower (JUCO ranks included) and play immediately; transfer to an FBS program and sit out the 2014 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules; or sit out the 2014 season entirely.  As he’s not three years removed from high school, the NFL’s supplemental draft this summer would not be an option.

After the 2014 season, Green-Beckham could then play at the FBS level (unlikely) or make himself available as an early entrant to the 2015 NFL draft (highly likely).  In other words, we’ve likely seen the last of Green-Beckham on the big stage of major college football.

Hopefully, again, after he gets his head on straight and works through what appears to be myriad issues.

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28 Responses to “Dorial Green-Beckham dismissed by Mizzou”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 11, 2014 4:21 PM

    Too bad…. waste of a great talent…. hope he cleans himself up and gets his life together…

  2. hanspard says: Apr 11, 2014 4:23 PM

    He sits out a year and he’s done. He’ll be radioactive. He better find somewhere to play and light it up or he’s finished playing football.

  3. sportsbastard says: Apr 11, 2014 4:40 PM

    Welcome back to SEC mediocrity Mizzou. Sigh..

  4. mogogo1 says: Apr 11, 2014 5:00 PM

    The football program seems to be more in-tune with reality than the police. There’s evidence he roughed up two women yet in no time flat he’s totally cleared by the cops in the robber investigation? Witnesses/victims don’t have to agree to cooperate with the police in order for there to be charges or for the investigation to continue. Sounds like they were in quite a hurry to get him cleared.

  5. steeler1nation says: Apr 11, 2014 5:04 PM

    I am just shocked that this criminal happens to be black.

  6. dhardy8207 says: Apr 11, 2014 5:04 PM

    I think this was a knee jerk reaction to the previous posted thread about the independent investigation into how Mizzou handle the possible sexual assault of Sasha Menu Courey. If they were truly concerned about making an impact on him, he would have been dismissed immediately upon the third occurance whether he was charged or not.

    Hopefully he’ll get it together and make something positive of his life…

  7. tynkyrbelle says: Apr 11, 2014 5:43 PM

    ““We have a high standard of conduct for our thugs…”

  8. vols84 says: Apr 11, 2014 5:44 PM

    DGB should go home and play at MO State.

  9. stoicpaisano says: Apr 11, 2014 5:45 PM

    He sits out a year and he’s done. He’ll be radioactive. He better find somewhere to play and light it up or he’s finished playing football.
    Southern Cal’s Mike Williams sat out 2004 and still ended up being the 10th overall pick in 2005. He was a bust in the NFL but more due to his weight problems than anything else.

    If DGB can stay out of trouble for a year, he’ll be drafted and likely in the first round. He’s been productive on the field and has the body scouts dream about (unlike a Mathieu, who still went early 3rd). DGB did cost himself #1 overall $. Perhaps this will be the wakeup call he needs to clean up his act.

  10. noleitup says: Apr 11, 2014 5:45 PM

    The only thing I ever wanted to do when I was growing up was to be a professional athlete. Unfortunately I was not blessed with the physical talents to do so. I just dont understand these kids. This guy was gonna be a first round pick and now he might get lucky to go in the 7th. SMH

  11. thefiesty1 says: Apr 11, 2014 5:59 PM

    Wasn’t he the top rated recruit a couple of years ago? Humm? Character goes a long way. maybe, maybe not.

  12. gorilladunk says: Apr 11, 2014 6:02 PM

    Glad to see Mizzou do the right thing even if it was about a week too late.

  13. wareagle1961 says: Apr 11, 2014 6:33 PM

    Wow …. sad …. hope he gets it together

  14. tony34343434 says: Apr 11, 2014 7:17 PM

    Saban said, ” this is my type of kid, sign him up”. Roll Dam Criminals!!!

  15. thegonz13 says: Apr 11, 2014 7:31 PM

    What a shame! This kid seemingly had the world in the palm of his hands and he’s blowing it away.

  16. jrcurtis45 says: Apr 11, 2014 7:50 PM

    Had he been at Alabama or FSU, he would have never been arrested, nor would we have heard about his actions. At Bamer, the Cops just take them to Saban and he deals with them, by reducing the amount of money they receive from Bamer’s “bag man”. At FSU, the Cops would have ignored the allegations.

    What a shame, to see someone with so much ahead of him just throw it all away. Marijuana takes control of these guys and leads them to destruction – the same goes for alcohol.

  17. sportsguy3434 says: Apr 11, 2014 10:05 PM

    Yeah yeah those sec schools that take criminals…oh wait Mizzu is sec.

    I’m sure he has got a call from some coaches. GUESSES?!? Petrino?

  18. tigersfandan says: Apr 11, 2014 10:15 PM

    stoicpaisano says:
    Apr 11, 2014 5:45 PM

    Southern Cal’s Mike Williams sat out 2004 and still ended up being the 10th overall pick in 2005. He was a bust in the NFL but more due to his weight problems than anything else.

    True, but Williams didn’t set a favorable precedent for people like Dorial Green-Beckham.

  19. goodfieldnohit says: Apr 11, 2014 10:37 PM

    Meanwhile, Johnny Manziel killed it on Wonderlic test. 4 better than Peyton Manning, one less than Tom Brady, 26 better than Vince Young.

    But we all know that he’s out of control [/haters]

  20. sportsguy3434 says: Apr 11, 2014 10:39 PM

    VY could only read half of tye field. And now he is unemployed

  21. jbaxt says: Apr 12, 2014 12:13 AM

    Maybe weed is a gateway drug?

  22. chicksdigthelongballs says: Apr 12, 2014 2:23 AM

    Yes, weed IS DEFINITELY a gateway drug.

  23. dg0122 says: Apr 12, 2014 9:30 AM

    I bet he ends up at Baylor. They will take damn near anybody

  24. realfootballfan says: Apr 12, 2014 6:56 PM

    noleitup ,

    You’re explaining the divergence between the fat girl that has a great personality and the hot chick who doesn’t care if you like her or not because she knows a million other men are waiting for you to leave. It’s the same concept. The gems are when you find the hot chick with the fat girl’s great personality, just like when you find the great athlete without the God complex.

  25. realfootballfan says: Apr 12, 2014 6:59 PM


    Yea, he never would have been kicked off the team like Ira Denson, Greg Dent, or Greg Reid. Hey, why don’t you stfu until you get some better material, dummy.

  26. jrcurtis45 says: Apr 12, 2014 10:34 PM

    Realfootballfan – dude, don’t act like FSU doesn’t overlook the criminals in their program. All one has to do is look at the way they handled the Winston case . Reid should have been kicked out of school long before he was. It’s obvious that the TPD covers up the crimes committed by FSU players. So, why don’t you STFU and go back to defending your rapist. He’s going to need more money than you guys have been paying him to pay all the Attorney fees he’s going to face. He’ll be playing football to pay that girl what the court will award her. Typical FSU fan!

  27. realfootballfan says: Apr 12, 2014 11:02 PM

    I’ve lived in Tallahassee unlike your dumb ass who’s here commenting on a college football blog site from a million miles away like you actually know what goes on in that town. The fact that you think TPD remotely likes the FSU football players is pretty laughable, and the fact that you’d think Willie “I’m a known racist who hates the football team” Meggs would be complicit in any cover up is fall out of a chair laughable. So keep talking out of your ass, son. Whatever sorry ass college you went to (or knowing dummies like you on this site, didn’t go to but root for their football team) is proud of you for believing a “rape” that every angle of evidence doesn’t support being a rape stays on your mind. Good job, chump.

  28. lscratchingthesurface says: Apr 13, 2014 6:33 PM

    And this is why I’m a Jayhawks fan through and through.

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