So it's been a fun month.
In a release, Missouri announces the indefinite suspension of Dorial Green-Beckham for a violation of team policies.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) April 7, 2014
Pinkel: "It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial."— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) April 7, 2014
Here's the full release:
COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel has indefinitely suspended wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from the program for a violation of team policies. The decision, made in consultation with Director of Athletics Mike Alden, is immediate, and includes practices and team activities. Access to the academic resource center will be permitted during this period of time.
"It's unfortunate, but it's the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial," said Pinkel. "We have high standards related to the expectations that come along with being a Missouri Tiger, and Dorial has not met those recently. Representing Mizzou and our fans is a privilege, and we'll work with him during this process. It's been disappointing to have this, and other issues which have taken place lately. It's frustrating, because we work very hard to instill responsibility and discipline in our young men so that our program represents Mizzou the right way. These actions aren't representative of those expectations, and we are addressing these issues head on," he said.
Here's your reminder that Pinkel and Missouri use "indefinitely" to mean "for an unknown amount of time." People usually react to it as if it means "forever" or "for a year," and it certainly could mean that. But it usually doesn't.
Regardless of whether DGB misses a week of practice or some games, it's safe to say that he hasn't exactly had the best offseason. He was arrested in an apparent wrong-place-wrong-time situation in January, and now he's been suspended midway through spring practice. I can't imagine he plays in every game next year at this point, but we'll still wait and see what might have actually happened before casting stones and whatnot. Still, this certainly isn't a good thing, and hopefully the suspension gets his attention.
UPDATE: Mark "Thursday or Friday" on your calendar. Could be fun!