Ron Higgins of the MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL reports today that Ole Miss football coach has confirmed that former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, “has sent Ole Miss his scholarship release papers from Oregon.”
(Masoli now shopping for a school after his dismissal)
In a text message, Nutt said that Masoli, “e-mailed us his release as I’m sure he did to several schools.”
More from Nutt: “Checking all avenues. I anticipated Jevon’s (Snead) departure (leaving school after his junior season for this past April’s NFL draft), but (Raymond) Cotton’s really puts us in a bind. Will let you know if I get serious with Masoli.”
Redshirt freshman Raymond Cotton, the Rebels’ backup quarterback, left the program last Saturday.
Masoli has graduated from Oregon but only played three years of football with the Ducks after being kicked off the team following his second arrest in six months. NCAA rules would allow for his transfer to Ole Miss with accompanying, immediate eligibility.
Though the SEC does have its own rule stating that all transfers must, “have at least two seasons of competition remaining.”
That rule would be waived if Masoli enrolls in a graduate course at Ole Miss that Oregon does not offer.
With arrests for marijuana possession and burglary in the past six months, Masoli represents a considerable risk for whichever school takes him on. But with Masoli a possible Heisman Trophy candidate entering the 2010 season - depending on the school he signs with - apparently Nutt is thinking that may be a gamble worth taking.