Dorial Green-Beckham Dismissed from Missouri Football Program

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2014

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Updates from Thursday, May 8

Brian Austin of has more on Green-Beckham:

Updates from Wednesday, May 7

According to a report from CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler, Green-Beckham is still enrolled at Missouri:

Nearly a month after Missouri dismissed Dorial Green-Beckham over legal troubles, it appears the electric receiver has not yet been released by the school for a transfer.

Eastern Illinois, considered a potential landing strip for Green-Beckham, checked on the matter Monday and was told the player is still with Missouri and can't discuss enrollment with a new team, according to EIU media relations director Rich Moser said.

Original Text

Missouri wide receiver and second-team All-SEC team member Dorial Green-Beckham was officially dismissed from the program following a string of arrests and incidents over the past two years, the school announced Friday.

College Football Talk received official word from Missouri:

Green-Beckham, 20, was suspended indefinitely Monday for a violation of team rules. While confidentiality agreements between student-athletes and schools prohibited Missouri from stating the official reason for his dismissal, it's unquestionably been tied to his increasingly troubled off-the-field behavior.

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel released a statement along with the announcement, saying he hopes his former receiver gets the necessary help he needs (via Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee): 

Green-Beckham's latest incident came over the weekend, where he was allegedly involved in an attempt to break into the home of a female. While police were initially investigating the crime as a burglary, per Matthew Fairburn of The Missourian (subscription required), Green-Beckham was not officially charged with a crime.

According to the police report, Green-Beckham attempted to force his way into an apartment door while it was being blocked. He then pushed an unnamed female down a flight of stairs before leaving the scene in a vehicle, with Missouri football teammates imploring residents to not call the police.

David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune reported no charges would be filed because the resident feared for her safety if she would press forward against a high-profile athlete:

“First and most importantly, I take responsibility for my conduct and my mistakes," Green-Beckham said in a written statement, per Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Don’t blame my girlfriend or her friends for anything. I am not looking for sympathy. I thank those who have given me concern."

Green-Beckham said he will be entering counseling, though he did not specify for what reason. He reasoned that many of his mistakes were due to being "young and dumb."

Even without charges, this is at least the third time Green-Beckham has been involved in incidents needing police attention. He was one of three men arrested on Jan. 10 for having marijuana following a routine traffic stop. The highly touted receiver was initially charged with possession with intent to distribute, which would have been a felony charge.

Because of the ongoing nature of the case, he was allowed to still attend the university and practice without a suspension. Green-Beckham was also arrested as a freshman for marijuana possession, though those charges were eventually pleaded down to trespassing. The suspension was not tied to either of his past arrests, Green-Beckham's adoptive father, John Beckham, told the News-Leader.

Regardless of the reasoning, Green-Beckham will have to start a new chapter in his life. Should he prove he's beyond his drug issues and apparent anger problems, it's likely at least one school will take a chance on him in the near future.

The top-ranked recruit in the nation in the Class of 2012, per 247Sports' composite rankings, Green-Beckham was on the precipice of realizing his promise last season. He made 59 receptions for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping lead Missouri to a 12-2 record and a Cotton Bowl win. 

Given his size, speed and overall athletic profile, most expected an even bigger breakout in 2014. Because he's not yet three years removed from high school, Green-Beckham will not be eligible for the NFL supplemental draft had he chosen to eschew college altogether. 

The Tigers will certainly struggle to recapture his production, but it's obvious that Pinkel and the university needed to take a stand and move forward. The next question will be what comes next—for both parties.


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