|Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice|
A case in point is the tale of two major college programs and how each addressed the case of Dorial Green-Beckham, arguably the best NFL wide-receiver prospect in the country.
|Oklahoma's Bob Stoops|
In April 2014 while a member of an SEC Conference Missouri Tigers football team that finished the previous year's campaign with a 13 – 2 record and a #5 national ranking, the 6’ 6”, 225 pound Green-Beckham broke into a Columbia, Missouri apartment and assaulted an 18 year old female student in the process. What was the response of Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel? Green-Beckam was dismissed from the team.
Dismissed from the team.
|Oklahoma Sooners' Wide Receiver|
Meanwhile Norman, Oklahoma, Big 12 Conference powerhouse Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops opens his arms to Green-Beckham after his dismissal from Missouri. While the NCAA denied Green-Beckham’s waiver request to play for Oklahoma in the 2014 season rather than waiting a year after transfer, the student-athlete will return to the gridiron in 2015 and likely enter the NFL draft in 2016.
Head Coach Gary Pinkel
While Gary Pinkel, I'm sure with a heavy heart and knowing his decision would diminish the on-field talent of his football team, attempted to impart a life lesson to his former player by showing the talented young man that actions have consequences, Bob Stoops did the opposite. By offering a scholarship to Green-Beckham, Coach Stoops communicated through is actions that no matter what you do, Dorial Green-Beckham and other blue-chip college and high school athletes – you can break into apartments, you can assault an 18 year old women, you can punch your wife so hard that you knock her out – and you can get away with it. Nice work, Coach Stoops and Oklahoma. Thanks a lot.
But, really, nice work Coach Pinkel and Missouri. Thanks a lot.
|O.J. and Nicole|