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Missouri State just says no to Green-Beckham

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As Dorial Green-Beckham looks to restart his collegiate playing career and rehabilitate his battered image, it won’t be happening at one Missouri Valley Conference school in particular.

In a preemptive strike against speculation Friday night, Missouri State president Clif Smart told the Springfield News-Leader that the former Missouri wide receiver is not welcome at his institution.  Even before Green-Beckham’s shocking dismissal Friday, Smart said that he, athletic director Kyle Moats and head football coach Terry Allen held a meeting to discuss the possibility of the receiver’s potential availability.

The result of that meeting was a mutual decision that Green-Beckham would not be pursued by Allen and the football program.

“That’s not the kind of player we recruit to our program,” Smart said, indicating just how far DGB’s stock has plummeted of late.

Green-Beckham had been a productive but troublesome player since joining the Tigers in 2012 as the top-ranked player in the country in that class.  Following three twos — arrests, suspensions and police investigations — in less than two years, Mizzou announced that it was cutting its losses and dismissing the talented receiver.

Playing at the FBS level in 2014 won’t be an option due to NCAA transfer rules, and neither will entering the NFL’s supplemental draft as he’s not three years removed from high school.  Other than sitting out the 2014 season entirely, Green-Beckham’s only other option would be to transfer to an FCS-level program like Missouri State — or even to the Div. II, NAIA or JUCO levels — if he wants to play football this upcoming season.

Regardless of the route he chooses in 2014, it’s very likely that he will make himself available for the 2015 NFL draft before the early-entry deadline in mid-January next year.

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9 Responses to “Missouri State just says no to Green-Beckham”
  1. woebegong says: Apr 12, 2014 7:53 AM

    I hear Auburn has a opening.

  2. freerayray52 says: Apr 12, 2014 8:11 AM

    Can he play in the CFL

  3. woebegong says: Apr 12, 2014 8:16 AM

    I am not sure what their laws are pertaining to a person convicted of a felony, if this is the case.

  4. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Apr 12, 2014 8:16 AM

    A perfect fit for FSU, He and Jameis would tear those gals up! They would never even have to worry about charges being filed because Tallahassee is a “FOOTBALL TOWN”.

  5. southernpatriots says: Apr 12, 2014 8:16 AM

    I know several long term resident institutions (prisons) have football teams, I am sure he can get on with one of those.

  6. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 12, 2014 8:43 AM

    If I’m not mistaken, there’s an NCAA rule that you cannot compete in athletics if you have been convicted of a felony. Keep in mind, that is CONVICTED, not charged. Even if DGB gets charged with a felony in this case there would probably be a plea deal down to a misdemeanor.

    I wish more schools would take the stand that Missouri State did against criminal athletes. If enough schools were to start doing that maybe it would force the criminal athletes to realize the consequences of their actions.

  7. ncsportsfan says: Apr 12, 2014 9:21 AM

    Missouri has yet to come to grips with the fact they are now in the $EC and don’t have to dismiss players, they can now get away with this kind of stuff. Give’em another year….

  8. jbaxt says: Apr 12, 2014 9:35 AM

    Missouri has 20 high school teams that could beat Missouri State. I don’t think they’ve been over .500 since the beginning of time. You know the kids bad when one of the worst college programs in the country won’t take a top 10 wide receiver in the nation.

  9. jtinnon2009 says: Apr 12, 2014 9:54 AM

    With Missouri State turning him down, it will make it very difficult for even Auburn to give him a ride. Hurts Auburn “one and done” football philosophy.

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