Masoli to Rebels: Soon?

By Parrish Alford/ NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – The transfer of legally troubled quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to Ole Miss “is not true yet,” Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said Monday night.
Sources earlier Monday indicated that an announcement confirming the former Oregon star to Ole Miss could come soon.
In a text message Nutt indicated that the school must first receive a visit from Masoli and that the entire process could take up to seven days to work itself out.
In two seasons at Oregon, Masoli rushed for 1,386 yards and 23 touchdowns, while passing for 3,891 yards, 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Pac-10 coaches voted him their second-team all-conference quarterback last year. He led the Ducks to the Rose Bowl, but before the month was finished he was in trouble with the law.
On Jan. 24 Masoli and a former teammate were charged with second-degree burglary for stealing laptop computers from a fraternity house. Masoli pleaded guilty. He received a year of probation and was suspended for the 2010 season by Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
On June 7, Masoli was stopped for a traffic violation where it was determined he was in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana and was driving with a suspended license.
Masoli was then dismissed from the team.
Masoli’s attorney, Daniel Koenig, told the Oregonian newspaper in Portland last week that Masoli pleaded guilty to the possession and a failure to stop charge and that the suspended license charge was thrown out.
Masoli paid $613 in fines and has no further legal obligations, Koenig said.
Nutt had earlier said he was not interested in pursuing Masoli, who has completed undergraduate course work and can transfer and play immediately as a graduate student.
Nutt’s original stance was before backup quarterback Raymond Cotton announced on Saturday that he was leaving the team.
Cotton’s decision leaves Ole Miss with two scholarship quarterbacks: Nathan Stanley who appeared in five games last year and junior college transfer Randall Mackey who joined the program this summer.
Nutt said he is “always” concerned about the criticism that could be directed at the program if Masoli becomes a part, but he is also concerned about “criticism I might receive if something happens, and I don’t have a QB to finish the year.”
Contact Parrish Alford at 678-1600 or parrish.alford@djournal.com