When standout wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham signed with the Missouri Tigers out of high school, it made national headlines. The fact that Gary Pinkel convinced the home-grown product, who was the nation’s top recruit as a senior, to shun other schools and stay in Missouri to play for his home state team was national news.
Since his arrival on the Columbia campus, Green-Beckham has continued to make headlines. And, for the most part, they have not been positive headlines.
It happened again this week when Green-Beckham was suspended indefinitely by Pinkel for an undisclosed violation of team rules. This is the second time since the end of the season that Green-Beckham has been in the headlines for an off the field incident. In January, Green-Beckham was arrested when the car he was in was found to have marijuana in it. Now, just about three months later, the talented wide receiver has been suspended.
With Missouri coming off of a breakout season in the Southeastern Conference last season, the program is on a roll. And while Green-Beckham is probably the most talented player on the roster, it’s time for Pinkel to cut ties with the troubled receiver. Pinkel should dismiss Green-Beckham from the team for the betterment of the team.
Having a player that is constantly in trouble, not to mention underperforming, can create a huge distraction. And Missouri does not need distractions this season, as they try to replace players like James Franklin, Henry Josey, Michael Sam and Kony Ealy.
It may not happen, and Pinkel may give Green-Beckham a second/third/fourth chance, but the Missouri program would be better off giving him the boot.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.