When the news came out that former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was transferring to Oklahoma, it was also reported that Oklahoma intended to pursue a waiver that would grant the star wideout immediate eligibility to suit up for the Sooners, instead of sitting out for a season per normal transfer rules.
At Big 12 Media Days, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said that the program was awaiting word from the NCAA on Green-Beckham’s status, but Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World reported Thursday that the school has not yet been able to file the waiver request.
Per Emig, the Sooners are waiting on “one last bit of paperwork from Missouri.” Emig also notes that Mizzou has been generally “cooperative” with Green-Beckham’s transfer to this point, but now OU needs more from the Tigers, and it needs more quickly.
Since he was booted from Mizzou following multiple drug-related arrests and a “physical altercation” where he allegedly pushed a female, Green-Beckham’s appeal case being approved doesn’t seem likely in the first place. But any hopes of having him for the season opener – which is just a month away – depends on the Sooners filing an appeal in a timely matter.
At this point, a decision from the NCAA might not even come until several games have already been played. Green-Beckham potentially joining Oklahoma’s offense would provide an immense boost for the Sooners, a team that is considered a favorite to compete in the first four-team College Football Playoff.
The 6-foot-6. 225-pound Green-Beckham was the top-rated recruit in the nation in the 2012 class. In two seasons with Missouri, he caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns.
If Green-Beckham does have to sit out in 2014, there is always the chance he enters the NFL draft without ever playing a down for the Sooners, too.
This is definitely a situation to keep an eye on moving forward.
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