Memo to Masoli: Just say that you’re sorry

 It’s Friday and, as always, the floor is open to you to discuss any topic. Here are five just to get the party started:

1. Memo to Masoli:  Don’t spend a whole lot of time trying to explain. Just say you’re sorry. I confirmed this morning that troubled quarterback  Jeremiah Masoli will visit the Ole Miss campus this weekend. Various media reports say he has already been accepted. I don’t know if that’s true or not. But based on the conversations I’ve had,  I feel confident in saying that Masoli will be offered a chance to walk-on without a scholarship. 

If you want a different perspective on Jeremiah Masoli, I would recommend this well-reported and well-written story  by Michael McKnight of SI.com.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/ncaa/07/27/masoli/index.html

In the story Masoli makes the case that people need to look beyond what the police record says about him and to the human elements and the extenuating circumstances of his story. An AP story says that his parents have hired a PR firm and have created a website to help repair his image:

www.jeremiahmasoli.net

Here is my take on this. Based on McKnight’s story, there have been some things that have been widely reported about Masoli that have been incorrect. One, for example, was that he was involved in a series of strong-armed robberies as a juvenile. He was involved in only one and there is debate about the details that one. Those kinds of things need to be corrected.

But here in the South we’re not real big on long explanations and rationalizations about behavior. Once he has corrected the record and if he is admitted at Ole Miss, Jeremiah Masoli would be advised to say the following:

“I screwed up and I’m very sorry.”

“I am grateful for this opportunity.”

“I promise I won’t let you down.”

And that’s it. Then move on.

 I remember that one of my daughter’s schools had only two rules for its students:

1. Behave

2. Try

That’s all this young man needs to do.

 

2. Masoli’s presence could be a game changer in the SEC West: The debate on whether or not Ole Miss SHOULD bring in Masoli  is not going to end. People will be split over whether or not the kid deserves another chance after getting kicked off the Oregon team. That’s an off the field issue I don’t think will ever be resolved unless he screws up again. Then opinion will turn against it.

But on the field this could be a significant development in the SEC West. The Ole Miss schedule is front loaded with four of the first five games at home and Tulane on the road. That should give Masoli a chance to learn the offense from starting quarterback Nathan Stanley and OC Dave Rader. Ole Miss then has an open date on Oct. 9 followed consecutive road games at Alabama and Arkansas. Then there is a home game with Auburn.

Ole Miss is not going to win the SEC West but with Masoli, an All Pac-10 quarterback, the Rebels could beat somebody in the second half of the season that they were not supposed to beat and decide who DOES win the division.

Ole Miss was picked to finish last in the SEC West during media days. I wonder what the vote would be now?

3. Bless Lane Kiffin. He just can’t help himself: Pat Haden begins his job as USC’s new athletic director on Aug. 3. The former Trojan quarterback and Rhodes Scholar has already thrown down the gaunlet to his coaches:  There will be no cheating.

Lane Kiffin, the new head coach at USC, has not been accused of cheating–at least not yet. But he has managed get sued by the Tennessee Titans, who don’t appreciate the fact that Kiffin convinced running backs coach Kennedy Pola  to break his contract and become the offensive coordinator for the Trojans. Titans coach Jeff Fisher–a USC grad by the way–is livid that Kiffin didn’t pick up the phone and ask for permission to speak to Pola, which is customary.

Kiffin, of course, never admitted to not following protocol. He just said that the suit was motivated by the fact that Fisher’s team happened to be located in Tennessee, where Mr. Kiffin is not particularly liked.

Haden has made it clear that USC is going to clean up its act. His hand-picked assistant, former teammate J.K. McKay, will be watching the football program and Kiffin. Should be interesting.

 

4. Bryce Brown is a sad story: When I went to see new Tennessee coach Derek Dooley in the Spring he made it very clear to me his feelings about running back Bryce Brown, considered to be the plum of Kiffin’s only recruiting class in Knoxville. If Brown could convince Dooley that he wanted to be a part of the Tennessee program and emotionally invest in it, there was a reasonable chance that he could come back.

But Brown never made that commitment. This week Jimmy Hyams of WIVK reported that Brown skipped his meeting with Dooley and announced, via text message, that he was leaving Tennessee.

I guess that says it all.

I feel sorry for the kid. He seemed to have some talent but when somebody says you’re the nation’s No. 1 recruit I guess you feel entitled to something.

 It’s not the kid’s fault but the fact is Bryce Brown came to represent how Lane Kiffin wanted to run the football program at Tennessee. And it was not good. Dooley was hired to change that mindset. It’s best for both parties that the book is closed on this chapter.

5. The ACC media did Paul Johnson a favor: I saw a little twinkle the eye of the Georgia Tech coach after the media picked him to finish third in the ACC Coastal during the recent Football Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C. As a coach, you always wonder how to properly motivate a team that is coming off a championship. Now he can say to his guys: “See? We win the championship and they STILL don’t think you’re legit. They still think you’re a gimmick.”

That’s one of the things I like about Johnson. He loves it when people tell him that he can’t do something.

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292 comments Add your comment

Tommy Bowden

July 30th, 2010
8:15 am

Why the sudden...

July 30th, 2010
8:18 am

…interest in Masoli? Two columns in one week on this topic….

TheTaxJacket

July 30th, 2010
8:24 am

Why keep writing on this worthless Masoli punk, or the desperate, sordid dealings of the SEC Tony?

Why not write about one of college football’s finest young men, Josh Nesbitt, who represents everything good about the game?

One of the greatest competitors the sport has to offer, Nesbitt will be hoisting the coveted Heismen Trophy in New York this December, and the experts will once again look like FOOLS. Sleep on THE ROBOT and CPJ and you’ll get burned every time!!!

(((( 45 – 42 )))) and more pain coming this November…

VININGS DAWG

July 30th, 2010
8:30 am

What is Masoli going to be? The QB? Can he learn the whole offense that fast or is Nutt going to change his offense to one where Masoli can thrive? And what about team morale? The starting QB out of spring, what happens if he leaves out of frustration. Ole Miss is a mess!

Dink

July 30th, 2010
8:32 am

Stanley will still be the starter.

Go Dawgs!

roughrider

July 30th, 2010
8:32 am

If an athelete gets kicked out of a school, he should not be allowed to play at another.

Charlie Bama

July 30th, 2010
8:34 am

I don’t see J. Masoli as QB taking Ole Miss up a notch on the competitive scale. Sure, he’ll fling a few good ones to decent recievers, but in the end, Mozoli will add maybe an extra touchdown and a field goal to the Ole Miss losses column. An L is an L. The defensive play in the SEC will not be like that of Washington State, or Arizona or the rest of the Slack-10 + Homeless Buffs.

Scott "Phillip" Wallace

July 30th, 2010
8:36 am

It don’t matter if he goes there. They CANT BEAT SABAN!
Ole Siss is worse than Georgia.. that’s pretty bad.

Charlie Bama

July 30th, 2010
8:36 am

And, why is the guy who hired Lane Kiffin STILL at UT?? Seriously?

Rimfire

July 30th, 2010
8:36 am

Tony,
Would Masoli be eligable immediately?

Bragging rights 101

July 30th, 2010
8:37 am

Hey TaxJacket: Once you lose the following year, you have to stop bragging about your previous win or look like a pethetic program with a inferiority complex.

Charlie Bama

July 30th, 2010
8:38 am

Can you UT people ’splain that to me? Why is AD Hamilton STILL at UT after making such a horrible decision with Kookie Kiffin (which all of us in the SEC knew was horrible when it was announced –and UT fans quietly acknowledged from the beginning)? Answers? Anyone?

Galen Hall

July 30th, 2010
8:38 am

“Can he learn the whole offense that fast or is Nutt going to change his offense to one where Masoli can thrive?”

Why would Masoli not have to sit out a year as is customary?

Bryce Brown is a head case. It was great to listen to the unabashed UT fans/hosts on WGOW in Chattanooga talk about how Brown was the second coming of Herschel. Pfft. Not so much.

Charlie Bama

July 30th, 2010
8:40 am

Tony – Will you being working the CBS Sports circuit this fall?

James Stephenson

July 30th, 2010
8:40 am

45-42 are you seriously talking about something that happened like 2 years ago? If we are talking past history, lets do it right. 51-7, now that is a butt whipping. But really that is too long ago, how about last November when you got the ball shoved down your mouths until you liked it. Man-handled is the word I would use.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 30th, 2010
8:41 am

Tony how can you see a “little twinkle the eye of the Georgia Tech coach” when you got your head stuck up Mark Richt’s behind?

JaxGator

July 30th, 2010
8:41 am

Anyone heard any rumors about where Bryce Brown will transfer?

Auburn, 2004 People's Choice National Champs!

July 30th, 2010
8:42 am

Charlie Bama

Probably the same reason Mal Moore is still at Bama after hiring Franchione, Price and Shula

Charlie Bama

July 30th, 2010
8:43 am

RAMBLE ON!! Don’t dis my friend Tony B. Go back to your cubicle and play with your slide ruler.

Charlie Bama

July 30th, 2010
8:45 am

Auburn, 2004 Pretend Champ — Funny & cute. Thanks for riding in the back sat again this fall.

Worm

July 30th, 2010
8:46 am

Well, Masoli is kicked out of Oregon and starts for ol.Ms..Newton is kicked out of Fl. and starts for Auburn..Mallet leaves michigan and starts for Arkansas..SEC west seems to be the junkyard of QBs.

Charlie Bama

July 30th, 2010
8:47 am

Worm – Point well taken. At least Mallet wasn’t arrested like the other two.

TheTaxJacket

July 30th, 2010
8:48 am

45-42 is highly relevant, since it was what happened the LAST time the game was played in the cesspool. Where is the game being played this year again?

Yes I do vaguely recall your pulling one out when CPJ was looking ahead to Clemson, and your dirty thug players crippled Nesbitt in a pileup. If you want to beat your chest and be proud about that, then be my guest. That won’t be happening again my friends. CPJ has given you the kiss of death. He has a LONG memory. You will not win another game while he is at Tech.

400 yards total offense for THE ROBOT between the shrubs this season. Maybe 500. Grantham will be out of a DC job AGAIN after two years.

thwg

DawgGirl32

July 30th, 2010
8:50 am

Nesbitt win the Heisman?? Pahaha. I have a better chance of winning the lottery. Yeah it’s pretty sad when you have to use the score from 2 years ago as your bragging point. (((30-24)))

Re: Masoli- I’m not really sure that he fits into Ole Miss’ system. He’s more of a runner versus a pure passer like Jevan Snead was. I’m sure they’ll find a way to use him, but they might have to change up their playbook some.

If this kid gets in trouble again, though, it won’t be pretty for Houston Nutt.

GeorgiaDuck

July 30th, 2010
8:50 am

Yes, Masoli is eligible immediately. He’s already earned his undergraduate degree and per NCAA rules, can play immediately at Ole Miss.

TigerEyez13

July 30th, 2010
8:50 am

Masoli is immediately eligible because he will enroll as a graduate student.

Tony Barnhart

July 30th, 2010
8:50 am

Masoli is eligible immediately because of a rule put in by the NCAA several years ago. The rule says that if you have already received your undergraduate degree and you have eligibility left, you can enter a Master’s program at another school and be eligible immediately. The stipulation is that it has to be a graduate program that your former school did not offer.

The rule was put into place to help those rare guys who graduated early, had eligibiity left and were going to pursue a specific Master’s degree at another school. It wasn’t fair that they would be punished and not allowed to play because they had to change schools to reach their academic goals.

Masoli, for all of his issues, has graduated from Oregon and thus this rule applies to him.

TB

IPoopedOnABug

July 30th, 2010
8:51 am

What is a Nesbit? Is that the new cookie that keebler makes, the one that is yellow and soft at the heart, and is shaped like a chicken?
51-7 BWAHAAAAA!!!!
34-17 BWAHAAAAA!!!!
19-13 BWAHAAAAA!!!!
14-7 BWAHAAAAA!!!!
15-12 BWAHAAAAA!!!!
31-17 BWAHAAAAA!!!!
30-24 BWAHAAAAA!!!!

daniel

July 30th, 2010
8:54 am

It will be a sad state of affairs in the game of college football if the Masoli kid plays a down at Ole Miss. Tony this great, passionate game that is so special to many is being slowly but surely eroded by things like this. His family hiring a PR firm?? Him having to find a graduate program at Ole Miss that Oregon doesn’t have in order to be eligible?? I’m surprised that you Tony seem to be ok with this if the guy says he’s sorry.

Mr. Pappagiorgio

July 30th, 2010
8:54 am

That’s one of the things you like about Paul Johnson? The fact that it takes someone to tell him he can’t do something…in order to motivate him to do something?…What is he a 12 year old kid? I want the coach that is motivated to win by more than “being told he can’t do something”.

why this love for masoli

July 30th, 2010
8:55 am

tony. save yourself some ink and just buy a magic eightball. put a piece of tape on it that says is masoli going to ole miss. shake it every morning and tell us what the eightball says. you can change your mind and give us your opinion…….would be just about as interesting….

i sincerely hope that coach nutt doesn’t have a man crush on masoli like Jim Donnan’s man crush on Quincy Carter………..betting the farm on a 18-25 year old kid is a dangerous way to live.

VolzRool

July 30th, 2010
8:56 am

Houston Nutt will ruin Ole Miss in a matter of just a few years.

ugamsudawg

July 30th, 2010
8:56 am

Masoli doesn’t have to sit out a year because he has already graduated. He has to enroll in a graduate program not offered by Oregon to be immediately eligible. The same rule is being used by several GA State players I believe, including one from Tech.

Gen Neyland

July 30th, 2010
8:57 am

We of the Orange and White are over Bryce Brown. He became a team of one at some point during 2009, in part due to Hardesty taking the reins at RB and not looking over his shoulder at the rest of the RB’s in the stable. Brown was hyped nationally coming out of high school for good statistical and physical reasons. Maybe he has the tools required but IMHO, lacked the heart to compete for serious play time at Tennessee. CDD has tried to work with Brown but enough is enough. CDD’s next step should be to dictate strongly the terms of release. That is the price BB should have to pay to leave his contractual agreement called an inked scholarship. Life’s lessons. The sooner he packs up and slides off Rocky Top, the better…The roadside warning signs out of Knoxville shall read, ‘Watch Fallen Football Player’…

Athens > Hotlanta

July 30th, 2010
8:59 am

30 > 24 hahaha! 8 of 9 hahahah! UGA ACC champs 2010! hahaha!

Athens > Hotlanta

July 30th, 2010
9:02 am

Pretty Mark Richt > C Cup Johnson

IPoopedOnABug

July 30th, 2010
9:05 am

Its the whole Inferiority complex thing, Mr. P, and look this idiot teckie, calls Nesbit a robot, ever seen a robot run, nope. Ever seen a robot do anything without human intervention, nope. Ever seen Nesbit get smacked like a Beotch, YEP! Watch the UGA game from last year, lol! Nesbit couldn’t win a Heisman, if Heisman’s were being given away by the dump truck load! BUHWAAAAA!

dawgcrzy

July 30th, 2010
9:07 am

That twinkle was a tear,knowing that gimmick offense of his has already run it’s course.Sorry nerds,it is what it is.

GeoffDawg

July 30th, 2010
9:07 am

JaxGator, I thought I read somewhere that he was considering Kansas St. but I could just be imagining it.

DP

July 30th, 2010
9:09 am

Tony, a couple of semi-rhetorical questions on Masoli:

1. Do you think the PR firm his parents hired could have had something to do with that extremely sympathetic story in SI that reads like a PR firm wrote it?

2. If, as the SI story suggests, Masoli is really a decent kid who has committed a couple of minor transgressions but is mostly unlucky enough to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time on multiple occasions, wouldn’t you have to conclude that Chip Kelly and Oregon sold him out by kicking him off the team rather than standing behind him and taking the bad publicity?

The school and coach that knew Masoli the best and could have contended for a national championship with him cut him loose and a school and coach that barely knew anything about him but is desperate for an experienced quarterback is taking him. I think it speaks for itself.

Dubs

July 30th, 2010
9:11 am

I hope you are right about the twinkle in his eye. It will be a fun season, I think. I think the schedule plays well for Tech up until their stretch of Clemson, VT, & Miami. If anything, hopefully the ACC will get some very meaningful games in November between highly ranked teams. And I hope Tech’s team feels very disrespected and they unleash that on the field this fall.

Athens > Hotlanta

July 30th, 2010
9:11 am

Nesbit is a robot alright, a robot with a glitch in his throwing arm.

TheTaxJacket

July 30th, 2010
9:13 am

4>1 hahaha! shreveport hahahah! lose to kentucky at home hahaha!

TheTaxJacket

July 30th, 2010
9:14 am

Nesbitt > Murray, Cox, Grey, and Mason combined

Junior Samples

July 30th, 2010
9:15 am

i see st simons is alive and well.

dawgcrzy

July 30th, 2010
9:16 am

And ya’ll couldn’t beat the 2009 Shreveport champion. Shut up nerd

Atlanta Jackets

July 30th, 2010
9:16 am

Hey pooper, Josh is THE ROBOT cause he’s automatic. Minimum four yards every time. And that’s when he’s not busting one for 30 or throwing one for 60. We would say android, but that doesn’t rhyme as well! LOL

He’s unstoppable. The Robot Nesbot! Try to twist his ankle again and you’ll get punked! Burn!

PMC

July 30th, 2010
9:17 am

Also…. “In the future I will do my best to excercise good judgement and stay out of bad situations.” “I will not lie about my whereabouts and make a potentially bad situation worse for me.”

3. Don’t be around Garrett Embry… wow is that guy bad news.

kenny d

July 30th, 2010
9:17 am

bug pooper,
what the heck is BWAHAAAA?

Monvol

July 30th, 2010
9:18 am

Brown’s daddy wants him and his brother back at Kansas St. where he can keep an eye on his investment futures. Someone will have to take care of him when he gets older. I think Bryce will try to follow Kiffin to USC. Hope Dooley doesn’t grant a release to BB just because he wouldn’t nut up and meet with the coach.