In what comes as incredibly surprising news to many, Oklahoma officials are reportedly very optimistic about the chances that wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will gain immediate eligibly.
A report by NewsOk.com states that the Sooners’ administration is confident that the transfer from Missouri–who was dismissed from the Tigers’ program this spring–will be able to play this fall due to an NCAA waiver.
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According to the report, Oklahoma will “appeal using the so-called “run-off” waiver, created by the NCAA a couple years ago for players who were removed from their programs for reasons beyond their control.”
Beckham was reportedly involved in a disturbing off-campus incident at Missouri that led to his eventual dismissal. He was not charged by police, though, which Oklahoma’s appeal will reportedly focus on.
Green-Beckham’s appeal will center around the fact that he was never charged in the incident that ultimately got him kicked off Missouri’s football team, sources said. The receiver was alleged to have broken into an apartment and shoved a woman down stairs.
If Oklahoma does win the appeal and DGB gains immediate eligibility, there will likely be a number of upset athletes and programs across the country. On the surface, it seems incredibly unfair that a troubled athlete like DGB could play right away following a transfer while others have to sit out a season per NCAA rules.
Green-Beckham would certainly help the Sooners on the field. Oklahoma is ranked No. 3 in the preseason Coaches Poll and Bob Stoops’ team’s chances of making the College Football Playoff would increase with the receiver being eligible. At Missouri, DGB caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons.