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Report: Oklahoma confident in DGB’s eligibility in 2014

Dorial Green-Beckham

Oklahoma is hoping to have wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham ruled eligible to play this season, despite transferring from Missouri after playing last fall for the SEC East champions. The Sooners are banking this expectation on a waiver being approved by the NCAA. The waiver is fueled by the run-off rule, according to The Oklahoman.

The run-off rule allows a player to be ruled eligible at a new school if the player is in good academic standing and the previous school files paperwork confirming the player was not invited to return to the program. That appears to be the case for Dorial Green-Beckham, who was dismissed by Missouri this offseason.

That particular detail could change the whole outlook for the transfer and eligibility of Green-Beckham to Oklahoma, but it also puts the NCAA in a difficult position as far as public relations is concerned.

Although Green-Beckham was never charged in an alleged break-in of an apartment that reportedly involved shoving a woman down stairs, he has had his infractions of rules in the past while at Missouri that raise a caution flag. The NCAA typically allows for exemptions to be made to the typical transfer rules for players in good standing and under certain conditions for hardships. Oklahoma is looking to use these exemptions to their benefit, and the NCAA may be put in a position where it may not be able to defend against the process and grant immediate eligibility.

But should they?

UPDATE (5:53 PM ET): TCU head coach Gary Patterson chimed in with his take on this news story, via Twitter. It pretty much speaks for itself.

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14 Responses to “Report: Oklahoma confident in DGB’s eligibility in 2014”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 1, 2014 5:02 PM

    Stay classy OU….

  2. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 1, 2014 5:05 PM

    typical of no class Stoops

  3. Randy says: Aug 1, 2014 6:00 PM

    This is easy. Despite all the reasons to withhold eligibility for DGB, the NCAA will grant immediate eligibility because they have an unfailing need to be arbitrary, wrong, and stupid.

  4. jrs45 says: Aug 1, 2014 7:16 PM


    I’d like to know who your team is? You always seem to be rippin on others.

  5. greenwave81 says: Aug 1, 2014 7:18 PM

    Why don’t they just change OU’s team name from the Oklahoma Sooners to the Oklahoma Women Beaters?

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 1, 2014 7:53 PM

    Next up, Money Joe Mixon.

  7. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 1, 2014 7:55 PM

    I’m surprised he hasn’t been granted 3 extra years of eligibility via the Dusty Dvoraceck medical hardship exception.

  8. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 1, 2014 7:57 PM

    If the NCAA grants him immediate eligibility that would set a bad precedent. However, it is the NCAA so it wouldn’t be all that surprising.

    Personally, I don’t think he should be eligible to play next year. He should have to sit out as per transfer rules. He was removed from Missouri’s team because of his actions and there should be some sort of consequence instead of just being given a free pass at another program.

    All that being said, it’s more a matter of when he does something stupid again rather than if.

  9. vols84 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:15 PM

    The NCAA is a joke if this happens

  10. sportsbastard says: Aug 1, 2014 9:43 PM

    OU may be the shadiest program in college football, and that’s saying something.

  11. 6stn says: Aug 1, 2014 10:07 PM

    He’s probably anxious to hit the books, and make significant progress toward earning his degree.

  12. bkell2012 says: Aug 1, 2014 10:51 PM

    If he is granted eligibility to play this year then the NCAA is a joke on so many levels. I get it that D-1 sports is big $$ these days. I even get it that everyone should be given a second chance. DGB was given every opportunity at MIZZOU to make better choices and prove that he could stay out of trouble. We all know how that turned out. What ever happened to tough love. The best thing that could happen to this young man is to sit out this season and show that he has matured and has learned a valuable lesson. If he stays out of trouble and follows team policy, then reinstate him in a year. Can’t really blame OU this kid is a stud. If the NCAA will let them get away with it, why not.

  13. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 2, 2014 7:37 AM

    “Stay classy” Cracks me up when people say that. Cause it basically means “I wish my program would have got him but they didn’t. So now Im going criticize the program that did”

  14. dhardy8207 says: Aug 2, 2014 9:44 AM

    Something must be wrong with the ora within the universe because I’m finding my self in agreement with “whenwilliteverend”.

    That being said I agree that IF he is granted a waiver and allowed to play, that will set a terrible presendence for other players that get into trouble and head to a different program to avoid punishment or time off the field. What’s a real injustice is even though he wasn’t charged he has a history of making questionable choices and to excuse that and let him play would not benefit him character wise in the long run…

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