COLUMBIA — Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was dismissed from the football program Friday in a joint decision from head coach Gary Pinkel and athletics director Mike Alden.
Green-Beckham, who was suspended indefinitely by the team Monday, was the suspect in an alleged burglary early Sunday morning, but Columbia police announced Thursday that he would not be arrested because the victims declined to press charges.
“This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind,” Pinkel said in a statement released Friday. “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."
Alden said the decision was made with Missouri's conduct policy and the ideals of the university in mind.
“We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes,” Alden said in a statement. “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's latest run-in with police comes after two marijuana-related arrests in his first two seasons with Missouri. He was considered the No. 1 recruit in the country in 2012 by Rivals.com and led Missouri with 59 catches and 12 receiving touchdowns in 2013.
Having only been in college for two seasons, Green-Beckham is not eligible for the NFL supplemental draft, which is held each summer for players who either missed the Jan. 15 deadline to enter the NFL Draft or because issues developed which affected their eligibility.
If Green-Beckham were to transfer to another Football Bowl Subdivision school, he would need to sit out a season before being able to take the field. However, Green-Beckham could transfer to a Football Championship Subdivision school and play immediately. He is not eligible to enter the NFL Draft until 2015.
On Friday, Green-Beckham's father, John Beckham, released a statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on his son's behalf. In the statement, Green-Beckham said he planned to enter counseling. Beckham offered no further comment.