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Report: Dorial Green-Beckham is visiting Oklahoma today


According to SoonerScoop’s Carey Murdock ($), former Mizzou wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is in Norman and meeting with Oklahoma’s coaching staff on Thursday.

This isn’t exactly coming out of left field since Green-Beckham was linked to Oklahoma last month.

While Green-Beckham wasn’t charged with a crime he was investigated for a burglary in which he allegedly shoved a woman down several stairs and injured his girlfriend at a Columbia off-campus housing complex. A few days later, Green-Beckham — who also had two pot-related arrests while at Mizzou — was kicked off the team.

Formerly the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Green-Beckham broke out in 2013 for 59 catches, 883 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was flat-out unstoppable against Auburn in the SEC Championship, catching six passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns.

Green-Beckham’s been previously linked to FCS-level Eastern Illinois, though that didn’t go anywhere. There was a report in late May that Green-Beckham could sit out 2014 and enter the 2015 NFL Draft, too.

If Green-Beckham does ultimately wind up in Norman he’d almost certainly have to sit out a year due to the NCAA’s transfer rules and make his Sooner debut in 2015.

UPDATE: If Green-Beckham indeed is visiting with OU coaches, Bob Stoops isn’t one of them (but he could be meeting with co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Jay Norvell after all).

Update II: Both Jason Kersey and Bruce Feldman have confirmed Green-Beckham is indeed on campus at Oklahoma today.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.