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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops hopeful Dorial Green-Beckham can play in 2014

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When the Oklahoma Sooners signed Dorial Green-Beckham after the star receiver was released by the Missouri Tigers, it was a huge gamble. However, Sooners’ head coach Bob Stoops seems intrigued in the young receiver. Stoops spoke to reporters at the Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday and said that he is hopeful that Dorial Green-Beckham can play as soon as this season for the Sooners.

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Stoops said that the Green-Beckham appeal was still pending with the NCAA. The wide receiver played for Missouri the past two seasons but the team released him after one too many run-ins with the law. He had previous drug related charges against him and then was arrested for assaulting a female student by pushing her down some stairs.

Despite no charges being filed, his ex-girlfriend was the reason for dissuading her friend from filing charges. She made the comment that football was all that he had going for him. After that, she said that she just needed to end things because now he was hurting her friends and not just her anymore. Those are damaging comments, but for some reason the Sooners decided to take the chance on Green-Beckham.

This is slightly surprising because Oklahoma originally recruited the receiver before he chose to head to rival Missouri. The original plans were to team him with five-star recruit Trey Metoyer. However, Oklahoma released Metoyer last season after one too many arrests, including instances of exposing himself to female students. It is curious that Oklahoma wanted to rid themselves of one troubled player and now want to sign another.

The word is that offensive coordinator Jay Norvell and Bob Stoops tried to recruit Dorial Green-Beckham out of high school and feel that he is a good person who deserves a second chance. Stoops better hope that Green-Beckham is prepared to turn his life around, because if he continues his life as he lived it in Missouri, it will be another wasted opportunity for both the Oklahoma Sooners and Green-Beckham.