There has been a lot of speculation, but Dorial Green-Beckham's plans for 2014 haven't been finalized.
Green-Beckham, the No. 1 recruit in the Rivals class of 2012 out of high school, was dismissed from Missouri in April after he was indefinitely suspended from the team for a violation of team policies. Green-Beckham allegedly assaulted a female earlier in April and was arrested on January 10 for being a passenger in a car that had a pound of marijuana in it. He wasn't charged in either incident.
Since he was a sophomore in 2013, when he had , Green-Beckham has three options. He can sit out the season in anticipation of the 2015 NFL draft, like what Tyrann Mathieu did in 2012 after being dismissed from LSU before the season.
He could transfer to an FCS school, where, with no eligibility issues, he could play immediately, or he could transfer to another FBS school and sit out the season before playing college football again. If he went the FBS route, he could also apply for a transfer waiver to play immediately, but given the circumstances of his dismissal from Missouri, a waiver would be unlikely.
All three scenarios have been brought up. Eastern Illinois, an FCS school, was once mentioned as a possible destination and recently, Oklahoma has been raised as a possible destination. According to NewsOK.com, there's "at least marginal interest" in Green-Beckham joining the team. SoonerScoop.com also said it was aware of the situation and monitoring it closely.
Green-Beckham to Oklahoma would make sense, given that the school recruited him out of high school and Norman, Okla.'s relative proximity to Springfield, Mo., where Green-Beckham grew up. But interest is different than a commitment from either side. And because OU is obviously an FBS school, there'd be transfer red tape either way, whether Green-Beckham applied for a waiver or not.
What is certain? That Green-Beckham won't be returning to Missouri. His younger brother, wide receiver Darnell Green, is enrolling at Missouri in January, but when he was asked last week at a media availability if there was a chance that Green-Beckham would ever return to Missouri, Missouri athletic director Mike Alden replied with a simple "No."
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