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April 11, 2014
Two years ago, nobody expected Dorial Green-Beckham's career at Missouri to last four years. On Friday afternoon, it came to an end after just two. Green-Beckham, Rivals No. 1 recruit in the nation for 2012, was dismissed from the football program in what was termed a joint decision between Gary Pinkel and Director of Athletics Mike Alden.
"This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind," said Pinkel in a statement. "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."
"We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes," said Alden in the same 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."
John Beckham, Dorial's adoptive father and high school coach told PowerMizzou.com: "Dorial is devastated and we are very disappointed in the outcome."
Green-Beckham was indefinitely suspended by Pinkel on Monday as rumors of an alleged assault over the weekend began to swirl (you can read the full story here). Early Friday afternoon, Green-Beckham put out a statement through the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via John Beckham:
"First and most importantly, I take responsibly for my conduct and my mistakes. Don't blame my girlfriend or her friends for anything. I am not looking for sympathy. I thank those who have given me concern. I have been young and dumb. I want to be better. During my suspension I'm entering counseling. With help, I know I can be stronger emotionally and spiritually. My relationship with God, my family, friends, teammates and coaches are most important in my life, not football. It may not be possible to fix everything, but it won't be for not trying."
What now cannot be fixed is Green-Beckham's career at Missouri. That is over just more than two years after he signed as the No. 1 high school recruit in America. He caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Alden is meeting with the media at 4:30 this afternoon. The Tigers return to the practice field on Saturday morning for a scrimmage and that will be the next opportunity for the media to speak to Pinkel.