COLUMBIA - The Mizzou football team spoke to the media for the first time Saturday regarding Dorial Green-Beckham's dismissal from the program.
"It wasn't a real fun day to be a head football coach," Gary Pinkel said.
Missouri running back Marcus Murphy said he didn't want to see Green-Beckham go and spoke to the receiver Friday to offer his support.
"He was taking it tough," Murphy said. "I'm in his corner. I have a lot of support for him. Whatever he needs, I'm here for him. We just talked about making some good decisions and how he was going to move forward from this and the things he could do to prevent situations like this."
Green-Beckham is the former No. 1 overall recruit in the country and led the team in touchdowns this past season but Pinkel said he felt this was the right decision.
"That's the priority, to do what's right. Right isn't saying 'Gosh, we're losing a really good player. We're going to really miss him next year.' You can't make decisions like that. I would never make a decision like that," Pinkel said.
Missouri wide receiver J'Mon Moore said it was a big eye-opener to him and the rest of the team.
"It's a huge message to all of us," Moore said. "It's really saying that it doesn't matter who you are. No one is bigger than the team. You have to follow the rules and guidelines set by Coach Pinkel and Mike Alden."
With Green-Beckham gone, the receivers currently on the roster combined for just four touchdowns last season. But the team said they're confident that receivers like Bud Sasser and Darius White can step up next year.
"It's a great opportunity. I look at it that I still need to go out there, work on my craft and do what I can to help the team," White said.
"We're going to build," Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk said. "Bud's going to bump out there. He's going to do a great job. Darius is fine tuning what he does. He's going to keep working. We're going to stay focused and we're going to worry about ourselves. "
Several of Green-Beckham's former teammates including Mauk, Murphy and Moore said that Green-Beckham is a good person.
"Everybody makes mistakes. He's going to learn from it. I know he's going to get his stuff together. Whatever he does next, he's going to be great," Mauk said.
"Dorial is not a bad person. Everybody makes mistakes. I don't know the image that everyone else sees. But the image I see stays the same," Moore said.
Green-Beckham has three options regarding his football career: 1) Play at an FCS school in 2014. 2) Sit out 2014; play at an FBS school in 2015. 3) Sit out 2014; declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.
"I love that kid. I want him to get some help. He can go to another place and get a fresh start. He can still achieve his goals."
"He's got all the potential in the world. As long as he gets his head on straight, he's going to be fine," Mauk said.