Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, once heralded as the No. 1 recruit in the nation out of high school, has been kicked off the team.
The move was announced Friday, a day after police in Columbia, Mo., said no charges would be filed in a suspected burglary involving the player because of reluctant witnesses fearing retaliation.
Green-Beckham had been suspended indefinitely from the team, ranked No. 5 after a 12-win season last year, on Monday for unspecified violation of team rules.
Coach Gary Pinkel said Green-Beckham needs to be focused on getting help and the school would do all it could to help the player. The school said the decision was made by Pinkel in conjunction with athletic director Mike Alden.
The 6-foot-6 Green-Beckham led Missouri with 59 receptions as a sophomore last season and scored 12 touchdowns, including a school single-game record of four against Kentucky.
Columbia police said Thursday they wouldn’t proceed with a case that began early Sunday when an 18-year-old Missouri student said Green-Beckham forced open her apartment door at 2:30 a.m. while trying to see his girlfriend, a friend of the victim.
The woman said Green-Beckham pushed her down at least four stairs. Another roommate told police the 225-pound athlete pushed the first woman with two hands to the chest. Later that night, the two told a detective they didn’t want to press charges.
A police report said Green-Beckham’s girlfriend sent 16 text messages to the woman asking her to reconsider pressing charges. The responding police officer had already applied for a warrant for Green-Beckham’s arrest on a felony charge of first-degree burglary.
In January, Green-Beckham was arrested along with two men after police in Springfield, Mo., the player’s hometown, found a pound of marijuana in their car. No criminal charges have been filed in that case.
Green-Beckham was also charged in October 2012 with marijuana possession in Columbia and later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing. He and two teammates were reportedly smoking pot in a campus parking lot.
Notre Dame: Quarterback Everett Golson (Myrtle Beach) admits to being jittery at the first spring practice last month after being suspended from school last fall for academic impropriety. Returning to the field was a big moment for him.
He was eager to be back with teammates – and eager to try to reclaim the starter’s job he held when he helped guide the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 regular season and a berth in the national championship game. Heading into Saturday’s spring Blue-Gold game, coach Brian Kelly isn’t ready to name a starter.
“I have that mindset that I do want to be great,” Golson said. “So it’s not about just getting back into the flow for me. It’s every day to come out you’re going to work to be the best that I can be.”
Youngstown State: Former Ohio State and Youngstown State coach Jim Tressel has applied to become president at Youngstown State University less than a month after he applied for the same position at the University of Akron.
He has worked as an administrator at Akron for two years. He applied in mid-March for the president’s job there, saying he had 35 years of experience in higher education.