On Thursday it was reported that Oklahoma still has yet to formally appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility as the Sooners wait to receive paperwork from the school who dismissed the 6-6 wide receiver this spring after a string of off-the-field incidents.
The final straw for the Tigers and head coach Gary Pinkel was a burglary investigation that resulted in injuries to a female after she was thrown down the stairs. He has also had issues with marijuana during his two years in Columbia.
Transfers are required to sit out one year when they transfer from one FBS program to another FBS program, but Oklahoma’s appeal for Green-Beckham will center around the fact that he was never charged for the incident that resulted in his removal from Missouri.
According to The Oklahoman, “OU 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. Oklahoma State’s basketball team added senior point guard Anthony Hickey, a three-year starter at LSU, and Hickey was granted immediate eligibility under the run-off rule.”
Green-Beckham recorded 53 receptions for 883 yards and led the SEC with 12 touchdowns last year as a true sophomore. He was virtually unstoppable in the SEC Championship Game against Auburn when he had six receptions for 144 yards and two highlight-reel touchdowns.
Having Green-Beckham this season would do wonders for Trevor Knight and the Sooners offense who have little in the way of experienced receivers on the roster as Oklahoma hopes to win the Big 12 and play in the first College Football Playoff.
I think this would set a terrible precedent to allow Green-Beckham to play this season as it would seem like a reward after being dismissed from school for burglary, assaulting a woman in addition to his marijuana offenses.