As Dorial Green-Beckham waits to see if he'll receive a waiver from Oklahoma to play in 2014, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Friday that he had received 'other information' about Green-Beckham and his dismissal from the program.
After allegedly getting into an apartment in April, Green-Beckham allegedly pushed a woman down "at least" four steps. The woman ultimately declined to press charges because of the backlash the case could receive. However, shortly after he was indefinitely suspended from the Missouri football team, Green-Beckham was dismissed altogether.
Pinkel was asked about the Green-Beckham situation when discussion a report around a situation involving former RB Derrick Washington in 2008. ESPN's Outside the Lines reported that Missouri failed to follow Title IX protocol after Washington was accused of sexual assault.
Washington was ultimately dismissed from Missouri's program in 2010 after another allegation. Missouri athletic director Mike Alden has admitted mistakes were made in 2008 and that he was unaware of the reporting procedures.
"I had other information, quite honestly, that I knew that would help me make a decision and the decision was that I had to remove him," Pinkel said about Green-Beckham via PowerMizzou.com. "That's confidential where I got that, but I got it. I could have thrown it out. I didn't. Because I had to do what's right."
In addition to declining to say where he got the information about Green-Beckham, Pinkel didn't elaborate on what it was, either.
Oklahoma has been trying to get Green-Beckham eligible to play in 2014 while a suspension for freshman RB Joe Mixon is in effect and a suspension for LB Frank Shannon could be in effect for other alleged offenses against females. Yes, we think it looks fishy too.
Mixon pled not guilty to misdemeanor assault charges earlier in the week for hitting a female student in the face at a restaurant. Shannon was accused of sexual assault but was never charged. After the incident was alleged, Oklahoma did a Title IX investigation and last week said Shannon was under a one-year ban. Shannon is appealing the ruling.
The Sooners are pursuing the "run-off" waiver for Green-Beckham and Pinkel said at SEC Media Days in July that he had talked to Stoops "about a month ago." (One has to think that the conditions of Green-Beckham's departure were discussed between the two.) When asked about Green-Beckham's potential eligibilty, he said it was up to the NCAA to decide.
Pinkel has also wished the best for Green-Beckham in the future and it's unclear what information the NCAA is considering when looking at the waiver. A timetable for Green-Beckham's eligibility case to be resolved isn't known. He's been practicing with the team, much like QB Baker Mayfield has, as he awaits the NCAA's decision.
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