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Sooners officially add Dorial Green-Beckham

Dorial Green-Beckham (15), Derrick Jones AP

Well that was a quick turnaround — as well as something that will certainly foster more than its share of controversy.

Earlier this morning it was reported that former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was visiting the Oklahoma campus and meeting with various members of the OU coaching staff.  Just a few hours later, the Sooners sent out a press release confirming that the talented but troubled receiver has been added to its football roster.

Green-Beckham will be forced to sit out the 2014 season (possibly, maybe) but would have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015.  He could also opt to make himself available for the 2015 NFL draft and never play a down for the Sooners.

Regardless, head coach Bob Stoops welcomed the player into the locker room with open arms — and a warning that a spot on his football team is a privilege.

“We are pleased to welcome Dorial to the University of Oklahoma, where he is excited to continue his education and resume his playing career,” Stoops said. “Dorial understands the privilege and responsibilities of representing the Oklahoma Football program. He is a talented young man who is eager to get to work with the rest of our team in the classroom and on the field.”

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.

The last incident that triggered his dismissal in mid-April 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 during a domestic incident.

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.

Just as he did after that incident, Green-Beckham in a statement expressed disappointment over his past actions and thanked Stoops and OU for a second (or third or fourth depending on your point of view) chance to get his career back on track.

“I appreciate this opportunity from Coach Stoops and the University of Oklahoma,” said Green-Beckham. “There are people here who will help me build a strong foundation. I’ve disappointed myself and others in the past. I know that I have a lot of work to do and I’m ready to get started. OU is a great program and I feel privileged to be part of it. The university has made the expectations clear and I want to live up to them and be a positive part of the campus and team. I also want to thank Coach Gary Pinkel and the University of Missouri.”

This is certainly the ultimate risk-reward scenario for the OU football program.

The reward would be getting a player with loads of proven talent (59-883-12 last season) who could end up being a top-ten pick in the NFL.  The risk, obviously, is getting a player who reverts back to his old ways and embarrasses the program and the university.

Hopefully Stoops & Company know what they’re doing as there is a whole hell of a lot riding on this decision.

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18 Responses to “Sooners officially add Dorial Green-Beckham”
  1. seminolez says: Jul 3, 2014 2:45 PM

    Wow, Oklahoma.

  2. bonnovi says: Jul 3, 2014 3:02 PM

    Going for the old “Abandoning morals for wins” tactic, huh?

  3. 76ersdoubletank says: Jul 3, 2014 3:08 PM

    How can anyone be a fan of this move?

  4. woebegong says: Jul 3, 2014 3:10 PM

    The Auburn of the big 8.

  5. dhardy8207 says: Jul 3, 2014 3:12 PM

    I give him 1/2 the season and he’ll be in the headlines again… and not for outstanding play on the field…

  6. dumbpollack says: Jul 3, 2014 3:22 PM

    He never plays a d

  7. dumbpollack says: Jul 3, 2014 3:23 PM

    He never plays a down there. IF he stays out if trouble this year, he’ll be a 1st rd draft choice next May. Basically Oklahoma just signed up to baby sit and to keep him in shape.

  8. reesesteel23 says: Jul 3, 2014 3:45 PM

    If he doesn’t get in trouble and OU makes some noise people will soon forget about it. If he does get in trouble, he’s gone. End of story.

  9. reesesteel23 says: Jul 3, 2014 3:49 PM

    What if he didnt want to play football and just enrolled back in school? Would you all feel the same way? Should OU have said No way you cant come here? I, for one, think its better for him to go to class and then football practice afterwards instead of just going to class somewhere and having too much free-time on his hands. IMHO ofcourse

  10. auburntigers34 says: Jul 3, 2014 4:00 PM

    woebegong says:
    Jul 3, 2014 3:10 PM

    Auburn doesn’t take felons. Get over Tray Mathews and Nick Marshall already.

  11. woebegong says: Jul 3, 2014 4:11 PM

    Actually, if The Marshall deal hadn’t been mostly taken care of by the coach and had been found out by the police first, it would have been a felony in the state of Georgia. It involved more than 1000.00 in value.

  12. rcali says: Jul 3, 2014 4:15 PM

    Fool me once…
    Fool me twice…
    Fool me three times…
    Fool me four times….

  13. auburntigers34 says: Jul 3, 2014 4:44 PM

    So the UGA coach kept him from getting a felony?

    I just think that it’s pretty ironic that a UGA fan is constanly disparraging Auburn when, if any school has a major problem keeping it’s players out of jail, it’s UGA…..and it’s been that way the entire time that Saint Richt has been there.

    If he puts such a priority on recruiting character guys, what happens to these kids once they get to Athens?

    And please spare me the crap about the Athens police dept targeting football players. I’ve heard that one more than a few times over the years and it’s a load of garbage.

  14. woebegong says: Jul 3, 2014 4:55 PM

    Perhaps you need to investigate the articles concerning what happened. The coaches did indeed keep it from getting too serious. I believe also that you are the one bringing up the Athens police. Think for a minute and you would realize that the incident took place in the dorm rooms, not downtown. The items and money were also recovered by the other players and the coach. The only reason that these kids get into trouble and it is reported is because the coach is fair but strict when it comes to violations. The SEC office rates UGA’s program as number one in that department. This applies to everything having to do with breaking the law, from smoking the grass on up or down, depending on your perspective.
    All colleges have problem kids at one time or another. It is how the school deals with them that makes the difference. At UGA, if you do the crime, you do the time so to speak.

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 3, 2014 5:19 PM

    Well OU did get spanked by Texas last year….

    Stoops can’t allow that to happen too often, so some morals had to be ignored…. All for the sake of winning… right?

  16. pawloosa says: Jul 3, 2014 6:31 PM

    @dumbpollack…

    No Way is this guy a first rd draft….
    5-7th rd “maybe”…. The dude has accomplished nothing on the field and is an entitlement case with baggage…
    Sit out a year and prove himself w OU… Otherwise he’s an NFL wanna be in the AFL or CFL..

  17. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 4, 2014 9:02 AM

    Quote:

    “reesesteel23 says: Jul 3, 2014 3:49 PM

    What if he didnt want to play football and just enrolled back in school? Would you all feel the same way? Should OU have said No way you cant come here? I, for one, think its better for him to go to class and then football practice afterwards instead of just going to class somewhere and having too much free-time on his hands. IMHO ofcourse”

    Are you delusional? Do you really think he went to Oklahoma so he could take classes. Everything I read said DGB was dismissed from the football team. I didn’t find anything that said he was kicked out of school. If all he wanted to do was take classes why leave Mizzou? No, he didn’t go to OU just to take classes. Someone probably gave him the far-fetched impression they would appeal the one-year transfer rule so he could play immediately. I find that extremely unlikely. I understand giving him a second chance but he will still have to suffer the consequences of his actions. If the NCAA were to say “it’s OK, you can push a woman down a flight of stairs and go to another school and play immediately because you’re a talented dirtbag” then what message does that send? It would send the message that these kids can do whatever they want and if they get in trouble they can just transfer. I can’t see the NCAA letting that happen. Not to mention all the women’s groups that would be furious over that decision. DGB didn’t learn from his previous mistakes so now he’s in the position he’s in now. If he doesn’t learn sometime then when? Now is as good a time as any for him to realize that in the real world there are consequences for you actions and most of them are not enjoyable.

  18. dontaco says: Jul 5, 2014 8:51 PM

    As a Mizzou fan it was for the best to cut ties. But hopefully leaving home will get him to clean up his act. Kid has top draft pick talent.

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