Oregon Coach Kelly Suspends Masoli For Season

Oregon football coach Chip Kelly said in announcement from Eugene, Oregon, today that Jeremiah Masoli has been suspended for the entire 2010 season. He will be eligible to return to the team in 2011.

Chip Kelly Suspends Masoli For The Season

Kelly’s announcement came just hours after Masoli pleaded guilty to misdemeanor burglary in a Lane County courtroom. Masoli was sentenced to a year probation, 140 hours of community service and restitution for stolen property.

Kelly added that LaMichael James will be suspended for one game to start the 2010 season. James was also in court today, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge brought by a female friend. Read more…

Bellotti Always Was Players Coach Athletic Director

John Hunt and Jeff Smith of the PORTLAND OREGONIAN have an informative follow to the news of Oregon football player LaMichael James‘ incarceration:

Mike Bellotti and LaMichael James

(”We do a very good job educating those young men on the right things to do“)

James has been charged with fourth-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor that carries a potential one-year prison term, as well as with strangulation and menacing, both misdemeanors. He will be arraigned this afternoon.

According to Sgt. Tom Borchers of the Springfield Police Department, James was taken into custody Tuesday, a day after getting into a fight with his girlfriend.

James’ girlfriend, according to the police report, said the running back grabbed her around the neck and pushed her to the ground. She complained of pain to her neck and of abrasions from being pushed down in a parking lot.

This isn’t the first time James has been charged by cops with a form of battery. Before signing with the Oregon football program, James faced charges in 2008 of disorderly conduct and third-degree battery in Texas. The claims were dropped in 2009.

Now for the delightful response of Oregon Athletic Director Mike Bellotti to James and other legal problems currently facing Oregon football players:

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Not Again! UO Kicker Charged With Female Assault

Yet another notch on the police blotter for the Oregon football team, as the OREGON DAILY EMERALD reports today:

Rob Beard Tavia Joe Ames Maurice Peterson

Oregon placekicker Rob Beard, 19, of Fullerton, Calif., was charged with fourth-degree assault by the Eugene Police Department on Tuesday because of his role in an incident on January 24.

According to Eugene police spokesperson Melinda Kletzok, the charge is a misdemeanor and not considered a felony. Beard has been cited in lieu of custody, which means he will not report to jail but rather attend a mandatory court appearance.

The assault charge stems from an altercation Beard had with Tavia Jo Ames, 19, of Eugene. Kletzok could not comment as to the exact nature of the altercation.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Beard’s alleged victim James is Facebook friends with Maurice Peterson. Peterson happens to be one of the men who later (allegedly) rearranged Beard’s face.

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Masoli Accuser, Assault Suspect Were Teammates

I’ve unearthed some interesting coincidences involving the Jeremiah Masoli theft accusation and the severe beating of Oregon kicker Rob Beard.

Max Wolfard Kirby Hawkins

(Assault suspect Hawkins, Masoli accuser Wolfard were H.S. teammates)

The most recent suspect arrested in connection to Beard’s beating is a 19-year-old named Kirby Hawkins. Hawkins happened to be teammates with Max Wolfard on the Lincoln High School football team in Portland in 2007. Wolfard is the student who accused University of Oregon star quarterback Masoli of stealing two laptops and a guitar from him out of a fraternity house.

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Sources: UO Kicker Beating, Frat Theft Unrelated

Winston Ross of the EUGENE REGISTER-GUARD reports today:

Oregon Kicker Severly Beaten In Critical Condition

University of Oregon football placekicker Rob Beard was hospitalized in critical condition early Sunday morning after he took a beating on the streets of Eugene, according to police.

The 19-year-old redshirt freshman from Fullerton, Calif., was at a gathering of between 20 and 40 people at 12:31 a.m. Sunday when police got a 911 call reporting a fight.

At one point, Beard stepped in to help his friend, Mike Bradley Bowlin, 18, a fellow placekicker involved in the fight, Kletzok said. Beard wound up on the ground, getting kicked by several people until he was unconscious.

Megan Higgens of KMTR-TV in Eugene reported around 1:30pm ET today, “UO kicker Rob Beard upgraded to fair condition. Moved to the ICU.”

Police reportedly have good leads on the suspected attacker.

Police are searching for a male in a red sweatshirt who may have left the scene in a vehicle with Washington license plates, Kletzok said.

Anyone with information about the fight was asked to call 541-682-8888.

In what may or may not be an unrelated story, Ross also reports today,

A University of Oregon student has accused two of the school’s football players of stealing several items from a campus fraternity early Sunday morning, UO Athletic Department spokesman Dave Williford confirmed Sunday.

Williford said a university communications office representative contacted Eugene Police Department officials on Sunday about the accusation, but hadn’t heard back, which is why Williford said he considers the claim to be “unsubstantiated.”

“At this point, we’re just waiting to see if anything comes of it,” Williford said

Police apparently took fingerprints at the scene but have declined to publicly announce any suspects.

Higgens though reports, “Jeremiah Masoli named in Eugene theft report but police say he’s not a suspect.”

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