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Mizzou’s Gary Pinkel responds to Green-Beckham ruling

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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.

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15 Responses to “Mizzou’s Gary Pinkel responds to Green-Beckham ruling”
  1. thedhneeds2go says: Aug 25, 2014 8:19 PM

    Kudos for doing the right thing even though it will cost Mizzou an awful lot of production. The kid needs help. Hopefully this will kick start the process

  2. dumbpollack says: Aug 25, 2014 8:23 PM

    Can he play in Canada?

  3. mauldawg says: Aug 25, 2014 8:46 PM

    His next team will be a follow up to “The Longest Yard”

  4. soundsofsuccess7 says: Aug 25, 2014 9:01 PM

    Awesome that Mizzou took a stand against his antics, shameful that OU didn’t care about the kid’s character.

  5. oldschool48 says: Aug 25, 2014 9:23 PM

    Is the “Boom” in Boomer Sooner the noise coming from the bottom of the stairs?

  6. geech72 says: Aug 25, 2014 10:08 PM

    Correction to the first statement: DGB placed himself in the predicament he currently finds himself in. It would have been wrong for the NCAA to have allowed him to play without any type of punishment.

  7. allan357 says: Aug 25, 2014 10:37 PM

    Always liked Gary Pinkel even though we had to play against him each year until recently. I always felt that he had a little more class than your average D-1 coach. He made the right decision for the right reasons.

    geech72, I totally agree.

  8. dg0122 says: Aug 26, 2014 7:31 AM

    Typical of the victim mentality of this country….DGB’s predicament is his own damn fault

  9. mikefoxtrottango says: Aug 26, 2014 7:40 AM

    Pretty much sums up of the difference between Missouri and OU.

  10. compton405 says: Aug 26, 2014 11:14 AM

    @mikefoxtrottango the difference between ou and Missouri is about 7 national championships to none. And don’t try to count the two UNRECOGNIZED championships.

  11. sportsguy3434 says: Aug 26, 2014 12:07 PM

    Well compton if winning national championships is what really matters…

  12. mikehmsn says: Aug 26, 2014 4:14 PM

    “The receiver had multiple off-the-field incidents”

    I think that has something to do with his love of weed.

  13. wolfalpha13 says: Aug 26, 2014 4:31 PM

    @kittenTango

    Uh, what’s so hard to grasp here professor ? DGB had his “chances” @ Mizzoo……and is now getting A “CHANCE” @ Oklahoma, and hasn’t USED IT UP YET… “If” he does, he’ll get the boot…like he did @ mizzoo….but for now, he has ZERO strikes @ OU… So, let’s gauge what Oklahoma “would do” “if” the time comes they need to punish DGB for messing up, “when” that happens…..but as it stands, he’s “earning” his way, just like anyone else who wears the crimson & creme…. You can sit & try to rip OU all you’d like on message boards… OU did their ripping of mizzoo, on the field, yearly- lmao. Your butthurt is strong due to this-

  14. wolfalpha13 says: Aug 26, 2014 4:36 PM

    @KittenTango: And by the by, “Mizzoo & Pinkel” gave DGB MULTIPLE chances, when most teams would have given the boot after the 2nd, or 3rd, they STILL allowed him to play….I guarantee ya, that’s 2-3 more chances than he’ll get @ Oklahoma for messing up, once. And by messing up, I mean being late to class… All OU is giving, is “the chance”….up to him to see what he’s gonna do with it. So for everyone trying to rip OU for this, good luck. There’s not A COACH in the country who’s ran a cleaner program, than Bob Stoops has @ OU- period.

  15. wolfalpha13 says: Aug 26, 2014 4:39 PM

    @OldSchool48……………………FAIL-

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