Jeremiah Masoli looked golden just a couple weeks ago.
He would transfer from Oregon to Mississippi, enter the Parks and Recreation graduate program, and still get to play football in 2010—possibly even get Heisman nominations.
Sound too good to be true? Well, it is.
The NCAA has officially denied Masoli's request to play in 2010. They stated two reasons for doing so:
- Jeremiah Masoli wasn't going to be eligible for the 2010 season at Oregon.
- The time frame between when the discrepancies against the University of Oregon occurred, and when he requested a transfer.
He's not taking it too well, as you can imagine. He was quoted saying:
"I'm just shocked and disappointed. I've done everything I can to follow the rules."
Does this bother anyone besides me? He's done everything he can to follow the rules? There's a lie if I've ever heard one.
- Masoli pleads guilty (NOTE: after lying about it and covering it up) to theft at a fraternity house back in January. He gets benched for 2010 at Oregon.
- Then, not half a year later he gets busted on marijuana possession. This doesn't sound like "following the rules" to me.
From my point of view, Masoli got off easy. After all the crap the Oregon Ducks have had to deal with under a brand new coach one of their stars pulls this stunt. I was glad honestly when he got benched.
I'm glad he won't be getting out of it.
True, Masoli will just use his redshirt year this year, and play his senior year in 2011, but he's getting what he deserves in my opinion. He broke the law, lied to his team, and should face the consequences.
Whining and acting like a victim shouldn't be fooling anyone.
This also puts Mississippi in a tough spot, as they're now without a solid starter. It looks like Nathan Stanley at this point, who played in five games last year and didn't post up very good numbers.
The NCAA still has one week to overrule their decision, as it was appealed by the University of Mississippi, but I honestly think that the ruling will stand. Masoli gets what he deserves, yet still gets to play in 2011. Seems pretty fair to me.