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

Jacket Backer

July 30th, 2010
9:21 am

If Athens is so much better than Atlanta then why does every UGA grad I know move to ATLANTA after they graduate. I don’t see any of them staying in Athens????

DP

July 30th, 2010
9:24 am

Tony, the SI article on Masoli notes that his father quit his job as a hotel manager and tapped his 401K to take his kid to Hawaii to play high school football. The article also notes that the parents live in a modest row house in a working class neighborhood. I doubt the kind of PR firm that has experience in managing these type of situations comes cheap.

Let me guess, the parents get a loan (from who?) to pay the PR firm, the PR campaign helps Masoli find a place to play this year and boosts his NFL draft position, the parents’ loan is repaid out of Masoli’s first NFL contract, nice projected return on investment and no NCAA violations.

Athens > Hotlanta

July 30th, 2010
9:26 am

Nesbitt > Murray, Cox, Grey, and Mason combined at running the High School Option. Now that’s the truth!

DP

July 30th, 2010
9:29 am

General Neyland, you can’t be serious. Brown, no matter what you think of him, came to Tennessee to play for a head coach who left after one season and you think Tennessee should play hardball with him on conditions of a transfer?

PMC

July 30th, 2010
9:30 am

I don’t feel sorry for Bryce Brown. He has incredible natural innate ability and has been given opportiunities that far outstrech that of 99% of the population and he has chosen to not do anything… that’s a Bryce Brown problem… not anyone elses. He put faith in a person who has a proven track record of deserving anything but. That’s a him problem… on top of that…. the guy left with a text message…no matter how you spin it… that’s a punk move.

Tennessee should like the work ethic of Stevens County High School’s Tauren Poole. He may not break tackles like Brown… but he’s a great back.

GTDog

July 30th, 2010
9:31 am

Uhm, Atlanta Jackets…Your QB AVERAGED something like 3.7 yards per carry last season. How can he get a “minimum four yards every time” if he doesn’t even average four yards per carry?

Yep, another Tech wannabe…..so, so sad……….

Mr. Pappagiorgio

July 30th, 2010
9:32 am

I think to be a great quarterback, one would need to be able to throw the ball and hit a moving target….just my two cents. Mark Ingrahm is great at running the ball, doesn’t mean he is a great QB.

GTDog

July 30th, 2010
9:36 am

You know, I just don’t get it? Tell me, does this make sense to you guys…

“Blah, blah, blah crappy UGA, went to Shreveport, irrelevent, lost to KY at home, most over hyped program in history, can’t beat a real team…except us,9 of the last 10 years”???????

Otto

July 30th, 2010
9:36 am

Why in the world would a top QB want to play for Nutt? Nutt has done nothing but run off good OCs and QBs since joining Arkansas and then Snead at Ole Miss.

William

July 30th, 2010
9:37 am

Of all of your blogs previously, this one is in the Top 5 All Time. Thanks.

Fat Matt Wilson

July 30th, 2010
9:40 am

Athens = the armpit of Georgia

Mikey in SAV

July 30th, 2010
9:40 am

T-
Is it true that Masoli would have to pay his own way at Ole Miss because they are not offering a scholarship?

Is a scholarship even available for someone that has already graduated at another school but is enrolling in a Masters degree program at another?

If so, is West Va going to offer Masoli a scholarship if Ole Miss doesn’t ?

These are my burning questions sir.

Scott "Phillip" Wallace

July 30th, 2010
9:42 am

Auburn, 2004 People’s Choice National Champs! -

Mal Moore hired Saban, so all if forgiven.

RxDawg

July 30th, 2010
9:44 am

1. Yep. Love the rules for that school too…..I might have to borrow that one.

2. Maybe…but I think your overestimating Masoli and underestimating SEC defense. Masoli more of the atheletic QB and less of the passing QB. I don’t think he’ll make a perfect match for Nutt’s system. He’d do much better at UF or Miss St, but alas they do not need him.

3. I wonder what it’s like to have a whole state despise you? Huh…doesn’t matter. Kiffin will be a fall guy at USC and will be a long forgotten name in less than 10 years.

4. Any kids out there want to see what a lack of work ethic and good attitude will get you? Exhibit A = Brown. Yet another soon to be long forgotten name.

5. Heh, good point. But the nerds lost a lot of talent. Same thing happend to the Dawgs in 09 (lost Moreno and Stafford and Asher a little early) and it obviously took it’s toll on us. So we’ll see if Tech can repeat…. after all it’s just the ACC. ;)

gdawginkalamazoo

July 30th, 2010
9:44 am

Poor Ole Miss, Masoli will set the program back at least 2-3 years and for what NOT winning the West. How do the current QB’s at Ole Miss feel about this? It is their playing time cut down, theirs careers delayed because some kid who couldn’t do the right thing (multiple times) wants to delay his entry into the job market.

TommyJack

July 30th, 2010
9:44 am

TB: Good points on Masoli. He will do well if Nutt doesn’t screw him up.

Re-elect Nobody

July 30th, 2010
9:45 am

Nesbitt is going to be hoisting the Heisman? Well, according to some of the posters around here, it will be either John Brantley, Mark Ingram, or Trent Richardson. Anyway the South will be well represented at the ceremony.

GTDog

July 30th, 2010
9:46 am

Remember all the promising young Qbs at UGA who transferred when Carter came in and was handed top starting job? One guy went on to start at Oklahoma, another became the starter at Auburn. I think there was a third who ended up starting somewhere else.

Fat Matt Wilson

July 30th, 2010
9:46 am

Those frat boys at Ole Siss better lock their doors…. Masoli is coming to town!

leland

July 30th, 2010
9:47 am

Glad to see the return of variable spacing between paragraphs. It makes a lot of sense. But I still think you should explore using, say, four or five spaces occasionally. Maybe try to work it gradually up to seven or eight.

I don’t know what Masoli did, but if he comes down south, he should say, “I’m sorry, everybody. I didn’t mean nothing by that.”

Scott "Phillip" Wallace

July 30th, 2010
9:51 am

He better keep his hands of the white women down at Ole Siss….. that stuff don’t fly down South..

How2fish

July 30th, 2010
9:51 am

TheTaxJacket quick how many bowl games has the Bug Nation won in the last 5 years? How many times have they defeated UGA in the last decade? How many times have they won the ACC title and gotten a mudhole stomped in their AZZes by the Bulldogs the same year? For the record I pick the Bugs to repeat as ACC champs by the way Nesbitt to NOT win the Heisman and the Bug Nation to once again go down in utter defeat to UGA…as unlike someone stated the Wattle Neck Goon was NOT looking past UGA last year he was completely out coached by CMR to the extent that he even tried ( horror of horrors) to throw the ball in a vain and panic stricken effort to pull a rabbit out of his proverbial hat. And speaking of the Wattle Neck Goon could you please get that man a sports bra..please!

Law Dawg

July 30th, 2010
9:52 am

Is TaxJacket really Saint Simons in disguise? Too embarassed to identify himself? One win in a decade does not make GT much of anything!!

JayDawg

July 30th, 2010
9:52 am

If we are bring up old scores how about the scores from the last 2 GT bowl games. They are horrible! Just can’t win the big ones… GO DAWGS!

Ted Striker

July 30th, 2010
9:54 am

The more details I learn about Masoli, the more I think he’s getting a bad rap. He also got railroaded by his own attorney, who gave him bad advice.

Jim

July 30th, 2010
9:54 am

When ole miss meets auburn you better have extra security. I can’t believe two teams in SEC have sunken to such lows that they recruited and signed players that where kicked off other team for stealing. I guess some teams are getting desperate…

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 30th, 2010
9:55 am

JayDawg, did you just say “can’t win the big ones”?

Wow, how that black out and black helmets work out for you?

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 30th, 2010
9:57 am

lawdawg seems to think finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the SEC is much of something.

we need to have a side bar.

Ole Miss Reb

July 30th, 2010
9:58 am

Masoli come on down to Ole Miss!!!! In the south you are going to learn how to play some real football. Enough of that Pac 10 crap. We have grown men down here ready to pop you. So be Prepared for the shock. You should be fine though. Hotty Toddy!!!!!

red5.ws

July 30th, 2010
9:58 am

Tax Jacket is a riot. Kind of reminds me of pepper rogers from back in the day: Lots of lip – lots of losing. Don’t worry, I will be sure to tip Josh Nesbitt well when he delivers my pizza. That pitiful smoke and mirrors offense doesn’t fly in the NFL like it does in the (A)ll (C)upcake (C)onference. Remind me again about Paul Johnson’s bowl record at tech?

GTZ09

July 30th, 2010
10:00 am

Mr. Pappagiorgio…by your logic, every QB to play under Mike Leach is a great QB. How many of those great QBs made any impact in the NFL?

Nesbitt is the trigger man in Tech’s offense. He is an efficient passer although his throwing stats are not sexy. Does his skill set translate into an NFL QB, probably not. Maybe he gets a shot at running some wildcat packages at the next level. I can see Nesbitt being like a Brad Smith for the Jets or a short yardage back. He usually doesn’t go down on the first hit. A real fierce competitor.

Go Jackets

Dan

July 30th, 2010
10:01 am

Tax Jacket, I enjoyed that game as much as you did but you’ve gotta knock it off with posting that score. It makes us look like fools.

As to Lane Kiffin, who effing cares why he was sued. I happen to think it was one of the five greatest PR moves in the history of the world but the reason for the suit is irrelevant. The question is whether there is a cause of action. There is. But the damages will likely not be that much.

And for Paul Johnson, good for him. I am not a huge fan of the “no respect” card but if it gets his team more jacked up to prepare harder for the games, so be it. Just win them.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 30th, 2010
10:01 am

red5.ws, he’s 1-1 against the Georgia Boozedawgs, who has yet to spot those pizza delivery boys.

Seems the smoke sure gets in the way a lot.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 30th, 2010
10:02 am

stop…not spot.

How2fish

July 30th, 2010
10:04 am

RAMBLE ON!!! You Bugs seem to think showing up for a bowl game is the same as winning a bowl game…psssssst..its not. And for the record as last year showed so clearly the 2,or 3rd place teams in the SEC can beat the hell out of the ACC “champs”.

Chi Town

July 30th, 2010
10:05 am

well,well…..

What do we have here?

red5.ws

July 30th, 2010
10:06 am

When we take 9/10 this year, I will be interested in seeing what you clowns have to say. You techies claim to be good at math, why then must you continue to mouth off down 20+ games to your hated rival ?

TampaGator

July 30th, 2010
10:06 am

I am totally shocked Nutt would consider taking in someone at Ole Miss with a questionable background…..NOT!!! He is living on borrowed time at Ole Miss and seems to be desperate. How about taking your lumps this year and start building for the future with quality players and quality kids?

Gen Neyland

July 30th, 2010
10:08 am

DP : Yes, I do think that. CDD’s terms should send him packing away. Far away. You know, he wanted to return to OK and play for OSU at one point. I’d grant him that move but at the same time, CDD’s responsibility is not to coddle Bryce Brown but to make him learn what commitment means. He committed to Tennessee IMO, not Lane Kiffin. If Brown misses a year of play time because he demands a specific deal that would work against Tennessee football, e.g. staying in the SEC, then maybe he should try the NFL…

17 of 20

July 30th, 2010
10:09 am

Georgia Bulldogs need a quarterback. The one they have is very tiny.

Dan

July 30th, 2010
10:09 am

How2fish, I think you’ve over-valued bowl games. And as to your second point, the SEC is not immune from the same thing happening to them. Further, it’s not a conference thing. Move past that already. It’s old, tired, and completely nonsensical.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 30th, 2010
10:11 am

“beat the hell out of”…yeah, that was a sure beat down. A dropped pass save your butt.

I pity you fools, pride in 2nd and 3rd place….Yup, a Georgia Boozedawg alright.

Paul "ManBoobs" Johnson

July 30th, 2010
10:12 am

If Auburn gets the ‘04 MNC, then demand a recount on the 2004 Wet T-Shirt National Championship….the winner was later revealed to have had implants. I was robbed!!! If Tommy T. gets a ring so should I. Give me my bling!!

GeneralNeyland96

July 30th, 2010
10:14 am

For those of you asking about Mike Hamilton’s job as AD at UT…..the “attaboys” he’s collected for the success of Bruce Pearl and the Men’s BBall team have thus far offset the “aw, $#!t” of the kiffin debacle…..In the unlikely event that Dooley turns into a disaster of a choice, Hamilton will be gone as well.

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
10:15 am

DP and gdawg, great points. Nutt is really putting his balls on the line by taking this punk. Chip Kelly even allowed that guy that hit the Boise player to return, so for him to kick Masoli off says something. Punk is another spoiled athelete used to everyone giving him what he wants and covering up his shortcomings. Reminds me of Maurice Claurett.

Gen Neyland

July 30th, 2010
10:17 am

Ole Miss Reb : Masoli is like Ryan Peril-Lou on steroids. You really think Nutt can straighten him out..? Does the unknown reward outweigh the known risks..?

Mr. Pappagiorgio

July 30th, 2010
10:18 am

GTZ09, I said “one would need to be able to throw the ball”..not “everyone who throws the ball is a great QB”. But please, interpret however you like, whatever makes you feel good about your team.
Nesbitt will never sniff the field in the NFL as a QB, that’s not even for debate. From the passes I’ve seen him throw, his spiral is a lot less “sexy” than his passing numbers. He might have a shot as a fullback or a back-up runnning back.
Maybe he can sell the NFL on his “Trigger Man” option skills that you mentioned. Good Day.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 30th, 2010
10:21 am

It’s about time for one of my Boozedawg impostors to join in, so I’m out. Arguing with idiots makes me one too.

Easy trap to fall into on this blog.

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
10:23 am

Whoever posted that Nesbitt is an efficient passer must not be watching the same QB for Tech that the rest of the world is. He is a terrrible passer.

GeneralNeyland96

July 30th, 2010
10:24 am

Bryce Brown….where to start….I feel sorry for him in some ways – He’s been led around by others who don’t necessarily have his best interests in mind. On the other hand though – He should at least have the courtesy to sit down with Coach Dooley (who, even by our biggest rivals’ estimates, is a standup, quality guy) to discuss his future with OR WITHOUT UT being in it!

If he’d decided to stay, and put in the hard work, he’d have been welcomed back, and I think he could’ve been a great player at UT. He’ll have to sitout or go the lower div. route now…I wish him luck, but I think this choice (be it his, or his handlers’) is a bad one.