Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel placed Dorial Green-Beckham in the predicament the wide receiver is currently in, and the coach believes his former player can grow from missing a year of football.
Green-Beckham was forced to transfer from Missouri after Pinkel dismissed him from the program. Green-Beckham then found a new home at Oklahoma. The Sooners submitted a waiver to the NCAA to allow Green-Beckham to play this season, but it was denied.
Pinkel wouldn’t comment on whether the NCAA made the right decision, but he hopes Green-Beckham can realize his potential as a person and a player.
“I want him to use this year to really help himself so he can come back and have a great year after that,” Pinkel told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Dave Matter.
Pinkel made a difficult decision by dismissing the most highly-touted recruit in the school’s history. But Pinkel couldn’t overlook Green-Beckham’s actions. The receiver had multiple off-the-field incidents, but the university and Pinkel reached a breaking point after Green-Beckham allegedly pushed a woman down a flight of stairs.
The coach has been consistent with his message throughout this process.
At the time of Green-Beckham’s dismissal, Pinkel said, “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.”
Green-Beckham is one of the most talented wide receivers in college football. He has an opportunity in front of him to reset his priorities and make a major impact as a member of the Sooners next season. And that’s exactly what Pinkel would like to see.