Masoli Wins Appeal, Eligible To Play Immediately

The official website of Ole Miss athletics announced Friday that Rebels quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has won his appeal against an NCAA, overturning a ruling which had previously required him to sit out a season after recently transferring from the University of Oregon:

Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli may compete immediately, according to a decision today by the NCAA Division I Subcommittee for Legislative Relief. The subcommittee’s decision overturns the staff decision that required Masoli to sit out the 2010-2011 season.

Masoli had previously requested a waiver from the NCAA in order to use his last year of eligibility to compete for the Rebels this season - despite having obtained his undergraduate degree at Oregon.

On its official website, the NCAA confirmed the ruling reversal with the following statement: Read more…

Column: Masoli Plight ‘Similar’ To Civil Rights Hero

In a recent, lengthy piece for the PORTLAND OREGONIAN, columnist Steve Duin compares the plight of Jeremiah Masoli at Ole Miss to that of civil rights pioneer James Meredith, who was the first black to enroll at the school in 1962.

Steve Duin: Jeremiah Masoli's plight 'similar' to civil rights pioneer at Ole Miss

After applying to Ole Miss twice and being denied both times, Meredith sued the school in 1960 for the right to be admitted. His lawsuit asserted that the only reason the all-white institution would not admit him was because he was black. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in a landmark 1961 ruling granted that Meredith had every right be admitted to the school.

Even after the SCOTUS ruling, Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett attempted to block Meredith’s entrance to Ole Miss on numerous occasions before U.S. President John Kennedy interceded - allowing for Meredith’s admittance to the school.

Meredith’s class attendance at Ole Miss sparked riots, resulting in the callup of troops from the U.S. Army, Mississippi Army National Guard and U.S. Border Patrol. Those riots left two dead, including a murdered journalist and 160 injured Army soldiers.

Despite that deadly disturbance and constant, oft-unthinkable abuse from his classmates, Meredith graduated on August 18, 1963, from Ole Miss with a degree in political science. (He had previously attended Jackson State for two years.)

By transferring to Ole Miss, Meredith made civil rights history while facing murderous resistance every step of the way. By any measure Meredith is a genuine, American hero.

After acknowledging Meredith’s profound contribution to the American civil rights movement with his admittance to Ole Miss, the Oregonian’s Duin writes of Masoli’s transfer to the same school:

Masoli’s challenge is similar in spirit if not scale. While in high school, he spent three months in a California juvenile facility for his part in an armed robbery. In his final months in Eugene, he pleaded guilty to burglarizing a UO fraternity house and was nabbed by Eugene police with marijuana in his car. Read more…

Masoli Sent Ole Miss ‘Scholarship Release Papers’

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 Dismissed From Oregon Football Team

(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.” Read more…

Masoli “Kicked Off” Oregon Team Following Arrest

The official account of Univ. of Oregon football posted a message Wednesday reporting that Jeremiah Masoli has been kicked off the Ducks football team.

Masoli Dismissed From Oregon Football Team

QB Jeremiah Masoli has been dismissed from the Oregon Football program effective immediately.

Oregon Football Coach Chip Kelly said of his decision:

“I had a plan in place for him to follow and if he didn’t follow it, he was gone. He didn’t follow it, so he’s gone.”

“There was no guarantee he was going to be back for the 2010 season.”

A possible replacement for Masoli at quarterback for the Ducks in sophomore Darron Thomas. George Schroeder of the EUGENE REGISTER-GUARD reports today that Thomas was with Masoli when the police incident took place: “Quarterback Darron Thomas was a passenger, but was not cited.”

Kelly told Schroeder that Thomas will not be punished: “Darron wasn’t charged with anything.

Read more…

Billboard Of Ducks Players As Clowns In Eugene

A billboard depicting eight current and former Oregon Ducks football players as clowns has recently gone up in downtown Eugene, Oregon. The local media is all over the display, which includes quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and running back LaMichael James.

Jeremiah Masoli as a clown billboard up in Eugene photos video

The billboard is a response to the myriad off-field legal issues plaguing the program the last four months, with this likely only the beginning of the backlash. (Just wait until next year’s Civil War game between Oregon State and Oregon.)

But if Oregon Coach Chip Kelly had done the right thing and kicked Masoli off the team after his guilty plea to burglary last week, I highly doubt such ridicule would’ve been heaped on the team. Read more…

Masoli Burglary 911: ‘He f-ing stole your computer!’

Here’s the 911 audio placed by Univ. of Oregon student Max Wolfard, the victim of a burglary perpetrated by Oregon Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and former Oregon football player Garrett Embry in Wolfard’s fraternity house on the evening of Jan. 24.

Jeremiah Masoli 911 Call Audio

The burglary, which Masoli and Embry pleaded guilty to last Friday, effective cost Embry his spot on the team and got Masoli suspended for the 2010 season.

Some excerpts from the audio:

Max Wolfard: “There were two men, one’s name is … Garrett Embry and the other was Masoli.

Wolfard: “Masoli. … Jeremiah Masoli.

Female voice in background: “He f—ing stole your computer!?

Read more…

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…

Masoli Gets Probation; Lied To Kelly About Crime

UPDATE (5:25p ET): KOIN-TV reports that Masoli denied his involvement in the burglary he admitted to committing today to Oregon Coach Chip Kelly and Eugene Police:

Jeremiah Masoli arraigned in Lane County Court

(Masoli at his court appearance in Eugene today)

In an affidavit just provided to KOIN, Eugene police officer Julie Smith said that when she interviewed Masoli the day after the incident (Jan. 25), he denied being there.

Smith also said she spoke with head coach Chip Kelly on Feb. 2 and he said Masoli told him (Kelly) that he wasn’t at the fraternity house on the night of the incident.

That news may well have a significant impact on the discipline Masoli receives from Oregon football Coach Chip Kelly.

KOIN-TV in Eugene reports that today in Lane County Courthouse, Oregon Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and former Ducks player Garrett Embry each pleaded guilty to misdemeanor second degree burglary.

The presiding judge ordered both to pay restitution - in 10 days or less - of the property they stole from an Oregon fraternity house on Jan. 24. Both men were also sentenced to probation.

The PORTLAND OREGONIAN has details of the sentence: Read more…

Oregon’s LaMichael James Gets Ten Days In Jail

George Schroeder of the EUGENE REGISTER-GUARD reports this morning from Lane County Circuit Court that Oregon running back LaMichael James pleaded no contest to one charge of harassment and was sentenced by a judge to 10 days in jail and 24 months probation.

LaMichael James sentenced to 10 days in jail

The other four assault charges against James were dropped.

Jeremiah Masoli’s court appearance will come later this afternoon. He’s facing a felony burglary charges that carries a max prison sentence of five years.

KVAL-TV has details from James’ attorney on why he plead no contest to the harassment charge. Read more…

Chip Kelly Denies ESPN Reports About QB Masoli

Contradicting an ESPN Radio report earlier today, PORTLAND OREGONIAN columnist and KXTG-FM radio host John Canzano reported on his account this afternoon that Oregon Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has not had his locker cleaned out.

Chip Kelly Denies ESPN Radio Reports About Masoli

Canzano added in an e-mail message to me that Oregon Coach Chip Kelly was his source and that the coach also denied another ESPN Radio-sourced report that police had found Masoli’s fingerprints on a stolen laptop. Read more…