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Dorial Green-Beckham to transfer to Eastern Illinois?

Dorial Green-BeckhamDorial Green-Beckham may be headed to Eastern Illinois, according to a report.

247 Sports’ Josh Newberg reports that Green-Beckham will likely transfer to Eastern Illinois — an FCS program — where he would be immediately eligible to play.

Green-Beckham was one of the top high school recruits in the 2012 recruiting class and played at Missouri as a true freshman. He had 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore last season, showing signs of the play-making ability that made him a highly-touted recruit.

Green-Beckham was kicked off Missouri’s football team earlier this month following a series of off-field incidents. The latest of which was an alleged incident where he supposedly forced his way into his girlfriend’s apartment and grabbed her by the neck.

In addition to Green-Beckham, 247 Sports says former Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow is also likely headed to EIU.

Dorial Green-Beckham kicked off Missouri football team, will enter counseling

Dorial Green-Beckham mug shotDorial Green-Beckham has been dismissed from the Missouri football team after the school completed an investigation of an alleged incident that took place on Sunday morning.

Green-Beckham, who will be a junior in the fall and was the top receiver on the team, was suspended indefinitely while the school investigated the incident. Green-Beckham allegedly forced open the door to an apartment in search of his girlfriend and injured two women in the process.

According to the incident report, Green-Beckham allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the neck during the incident. He was not arrested as the women decided not to press charges. But that did not spare him from discipline by the football team.

“This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said in a media release announcing the move. “Dorial’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs. As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family. We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start.”

Athletic director Mike Alden had this to say:

“We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes. Though we provide the resources and mentoring to all of our student-athletes, we are also responsible to the community at large and to the ideals and values of the University of Missouri. We have determined that this was a necessary step for our football team, athletic department, the University and our community.”

Green-Beckham said in a statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he has been “young and dumb” and that he will enter counseling.

This is a bold move by Missouri and appears to set some standards for behavior. Keep in mind that this is Green-Beckham’s third incident that we know of; he was arrested twice for drug-related incidents during his time at Missouri. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up back with the program for the fall.

Green-Beckham had 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

Dorial Green-Beckham allegedly grabbed girlfriend by neck during incident

Dorial-Green-Beckham-touchdownPolice announced on Thursday that Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will not be arrested following an incident over the weekend during which he allegedly assaulted several women. According to an incident report obtained by The Columbia Daily Tribune, Green-Beckham forced open the door of an apartment in search of his 20-year-old girlfriend.

One woman claimed that Green-Beckham pushed a door open that she was trying to hold shut and put a hole in the drywall on the other side. He then allegedly assaulted another occupant of the apartment by pushing her and causing her to fall down “at least four stairs striking the floor.” A text message Green-Beckham’s girlfriend later sent to one of the other women indicated that the star receiver dragged her by the neck.

Neither the two women Green-Beckham allegedly assaulted nor his girlfriend are pressing charges. One woman said she didn’t want to press charges because “she was afraid of the media and community backlash since Green-Beckham is a football player for the University of Missouri and is possibly going to be in the NFL Draft soon.”

The incident report included several text messages that were exchanged between Green-Beckham’s girlfriend and one of the alleged victims.

“I know you’re so upset and I am too,” one of the texts read. “Dorial was wrong in every way and you have every right to be furious. I’m not sticking up for him but football really is all he has going for him and pressing charges would ruin it for him completely.”

Green-Beckham’s girlfriend also sent text messages to the alleged victim convincing her to tell police that the women simply had a lot to drink and that everything was fine. In a follow-up interview with police, Green-Beckham’s girlfriend claimed she had been drinking and could not remember what she had texted to the alleged victim.

Green-Beckham was suspended indefinitely by Missouri on Monday, and his status remains unchanged as of now. While the incident report certainly seems to indicate he did plenty wrong, the team could decide to lift the suspension as a result of no charges being filed.

Missouri suspends Dorial Green-Beckham indefinitely

Dorial-Green-Beckham-touchdownDorial Green-Beckham left high school as one of the nation’s top football players in 2012 and had nearly every major college after him before deciding on the University of Missouri.

Unfortunately, off-the-field incidents have occurred during Green-Beckham’s time as a member of the Tigers. He was suspended for a game in 2012 after being arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana. In January of this year, Green-Beckham was arrested after marijuana was found in a car he was a passenger in, although it did not belong to him.

Now, due to recent issues, the 20-year-old finds himself suspended from the University of Missouri football program effective immediately for violating team rules.

“It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department and also for Dorial,” head coach Gary Pinkel said via KCTV 5. “We have high standards related to the expectations that come along with being a Missouri Tiger, and Dorial has not met those recently. Representing Mizzou and our fans is a privilege, and we’ll work with him during this process. It’s been disappointing to have this, and other issues which have taken place lately. It’s frustrating, because we work very hard to instill responsibility and discipline in our young men so that our program represents Mizzou the right way. These actions aren’t representative of those expectations, and we are addressing these issues head on.”

Last season, Dorial Green-Beckham led the 12-2 Tigers in both receptions (59) and touchdown catches (12) and was second with 883 yards. He’s the only of the team’s top three wide receivers from a season ago who is scheduled to return this fall with L’Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas both graduating.

Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham drew up game-tying play on his hand

Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham scored the all-important game-tying touchdown with 47 seconds remaining against Tennessee on Saturday. It was a brilliant play call that ultimately allowed the Tigers to go on to win by a score of 51-48 in four overtimes. So who was responsible for drawing it up?

According to Mizzou quarterback James Franklin, Green-Beckham came up with the play himself and pretended to draw it on his hand in the huddle — the same way most of us have done in our backyards at some point during our childhood.

“It was pretty funny because right before that, he told me — the defense probably could have seen what he was doing — he put his hand up and he was doing this, this and that,” Franklin said after the game according to the Associated Press. “It was funny because that’s what he did, and it worked.”

Typically we have headsets, playbooks and signals for this type of thing, but sometimes it pays to go on instinct.

“Once we got out there and lined up, I saw how far the safety was playing up so I was (thinking) I can beat this guy and get behind him on a fade route,” Green-Beckham explained.

He was right, and the touch football-style play call resulted in one of the most crucial wins of the year for Missouri. Considering all the hype that came along with Green-Beckham when he committed to Mizzou, it’s no surprise he knows how to read a defense. Perhaps coaching is in the freshman’s distant future when he’s done hauling in passes.

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Top Recruit Dorial Green-Beckham Gets Billboard After Committing to Missouri

Dorial Green-Beckham is a 6’6″ receiver from Springfield (Mo.) and he was considered to be the top recruit in the country. He announced his commitment to Missouri on National Signing Day Wednesday and it didn’t take long before his decision was celebrated in his hometown. Check out the billboard that was up in Springfield the same day. It sure seems like somebody knew about the decision, or at least had it prepared in case the commitment went the Tigers’ way.

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