ENID, Okla. —
It wasn’t surprising the recent press release announcing football player Dorial Green-Beckham’s transfer to the University of Oklahoma left out a few items, such as:
• Green-Beckham’s two drug-related arrests in his two seasons at the University of Missouri.
• An allegation he broke into a woman’s apartment and assaulted her — something he wasn’t charged with by the Columbia, Mo., police.
• He was dismissed from the Missouri football team, although it managed to mention he caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns in his two seasons with the Tigers.
Some have said Green-Beckham doesn’t deserve another chance, at least at another Division I school.
Others say this is a low-risk, high-potential move by the Sooners, citing Green-Beckham will be on a short leash and it gives OU another experienced and big- play receiver to compliment Sterling Shepard.
OU head coach Bob Stoops has taken chances with other players with good results.
• Defensive tackle Lynn McGruder came to OU following his 2001 felony drug arrest and subsequent dismissal from Tennessee.
McGruder was not only a three-year contributor, but was a solid citizen, even being credited for saving a life with his quick action after seeing someone in danger following a traffic accident on I-35.
• Dusty Dvoracek was dismissed from the team in the early stages of the 2004 season after being arrested for assaulting a friend. An honor student, Dvoracek sought help for alcohol abuse and came back the next season. He now is a radio sports talk host in Norman.
Stoops had been criticized by this newspaper for giving Dvoracek a second chance, but looked good when Dvoracek, always a media favorite, turned his life around.
• Jaz Reynolds had a couple of suspensions, including one for the entire 2012 season (where he practiced but didn’t play) for various infractions. However, he came back as a fifth-year senior a year ago to have a solid season and is getting a chance with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
But not all of Stoops’ risks have had positive results, such as:
• Josh Jarboe had been arrested in his final semester of high school on a gun posession charge, but came to OU in the summer of 2008.
He didn’t last the summer after appearing in a rap video in which he called for shooting of police officers.
• OU signed defensive end Justin Chaisson in 2009. Chaisson had been charged with a felony for allegedly holding a screwdriver to the neck of his 17-year-old former girlfriend and threatening her.
The chargers later were reduced to four misdemeanors and he was sentenced to three years probation. He would never take the field in a game for the Sooners.
• Also recall quarterback Rhett Bomar and guard J.D. Quinn, who were dismissed from the team before the start of the 2006 season for taking money for work they didn’t do.
• Legal and personal problems led to the premature ending of receiver Troy Metoyer’s career.
Only time will tell if the Green decision was the right one.
Hopefully, the young man — who had a good relationship with OU’s coaches who recruited him two years earlier, can turn his life around.
The only disturbing thing is he might benefit from a loophole in NCAA rules and be able to get a waiver on the transfer rule (to be eligible in 2014) because he was dismissed from Missouri. Missouri still would have to give its OK for him to be eligible immediately.
OU likely will have Green at most for one season (which might be as a redshirt) because there’s a good chance he’ll turn pro for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Stoops has taken some hits nationally for this. OU fans should be leary, remembering back in 1989 when five players were arrested for felonies (when the team was already on NCAA probation).
As long as Green is making headlines on the field, instead of off, Stoops will be justified. If not ...
Campbell is a News & Eagle sports writer.