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

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
10:26 am

Rumor has it that the Georgia football is team is planning to vacate Sanford Stadium, because there is not enough winning action between the hedges, and they are giving way to ladies gymnastics.

The UGA program is like every other SEC program, nothing but a thug program. Just check with Jackie Sherrill when he was at MSU, he recruited the largest group of criminals known and was known as the “bandit.”

LOL

July 30th, 2010
10:26 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.”

Coming from the same clown who calls a 3 point victory an azz whipping, utter domination, etc

I thought there was a new sheriff in town and UGA would never beat GT again? What happened to that one moron?

Mr. Pappagiorgio

July 30th, 2010
10:26 am

Yes…thank you Gatorzone….GTZ09 actually made the argument that he was an efficient passer…HAHAHA. But remember “He is a great trigger man”(sarcasm). He’ll need to be a great Trigger man in Atlanta with all the gun point armed robberies!!!

Dan

July 30th, 2010
10:28 am

It’s a question of efficiency, Gatorzone. It requires you to look at more than just completion percentage. Forgive me if I’m not impressed with a QB that completes 70% of his passes but they all happen to be on bubble screens.

The fact is that Nesbitt was one of the most efficient passers in the country. He just doesn’t do it much.

DP

July 30th, 2010
10:28 am

Tennessee is going to make Bryce Brown “learn what commitment means” after the Lane Kiffin debacle? Please. I don’t think schools should be able to dictate where a student athlete can or can’t transfer, particularly after a head coach leaves. The only restriction I’d make is that a player can’t transfer to the school where his old coach goes, i.e. Kiffin can’t recruit Tennessee players to USC.

Let’s not overlook that Bryce Brown was a questionable recruit to begin with. I read that a lot of schools shied away from him. Tennessee is not in a position to assert the moral high ground. They should chalk this up to the Kiffin experience, let the kid go anywhere he wants and move on.

As you’re probably aware, Brown won’t be eligible for the NFL draft for another 2 years.

LOL

July 30th, 2010
10:28 am

It is not a rumor, it is a confirmed fact that ‘Mike Bobo 17 INT’ is a complete and utter moron.

Jeff

July 30th, 2010
10:28 am

Kiffin is hated in many more states than Tennessee. I really wonder what Monte thinks of all of this….deep down. He cannot possibly be proud of his son, can he?

gdawginkalamazoo

July 30th, 2010
10:29 am

General, all good points on the Bryce Brown kid. You have to teach them sometime.

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
10:30 am

Mr. Papp, good one.

Gene

July 30th, 2010
10:31 am

Release the juvenile records, and let them speak for themselves.

alan gordon

July 30th, 2010
10:32 am

Al Davis right about something. Lane Kiffen, liar,liar,pants on fire

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
10:33 am

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
10:35 am

Jeff, I look for this to be Lanie’s last stop. He is a punk and Monte has to be embarrassed to have such offspring. Monte is nothing but class and revered here in Tampa. Little lane is hated in Florida just like Tenn.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 30th, 2010
10:36 am

Gene, good idea if Masoli wants to put it all out on the table and say “here it is. Here are the mistakes that I made as a juvenile.” That would be more apologetic than saying I’m sorry.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
10:36 am

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
10:37 am

Mr. Barnhart

You are not Mr. College Football, so just call it a day.

You are nothing more than a closet UGA fan, plain and simple.

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
10:38 am

Bobo, you got some old footage of UGA in there. I am sure you can find plenty of that on any team.

PTC DAWG

July 30th, 2010
10:38 am

The amount of silliness on this blog is amazing at times.

Hilton Head Island

July 30th, 2010
10:38 am

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Nesbitt for Heisman
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WDE

July 30th, 2010
10:40 am

I give Mark Richt about a season and a half… It was okay to have an undisciplined team of losers (more ways than 1) in the wake of 2005 and 2007…. but people have realized that Mark Richt hasn’t actually accomplished anything that the flagship of an academic institution (The Athens School for Wayward Lads and Lasses) demands. UGA is a proud program… 1 national title in 117 years.

This season will be a flop, and UGA’s young new AD will have to wait until at least midway through his second football season to fire Helen Hunt (I mean Mark Richt). He’ll be OC at FSU again, leading the proud Seminole Nation.

(TOMAHAWK CHOP)

Reality Stinks

July 30th, 2010
10:40 am

Yes your are a gimmick Tech

30-24 against Willie Martinez

Blaha ha ha ha ah aha ha haahhahahahahahaahah

WDE

July 30th, 2010
10:42 am

Barnhart- I would be interested to know where you studied and who you pulled for as a young Mr. College Football.

WDE

July 30th, 2010
10:44 am

Haha! Well, no-duh! Barnhart studied at the University of Jawja… what a big surprise. The only thing that has saved us from his blatant Georgia slant is his jumping on the Florida and Alabama bandwagons the past 3 years.

Grady Jackson *Barber Shop*

July 30th, 2010
10:47 am

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Joshua Nesbitt for Heisman
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Dan

July 30th, 2010
10:47 am

That gimmick is averaging 35 a game against your vaunted SEC defense, Reality Stinks.

Masolifacts

July 30th, 2010
10:48 am

Mr. Barnhart, Did you bother to read anything in his website, or in the article. Sure he explains his side of the story, but why not? It was his chance to have a well respected national media outlet tell it without the local Oregon rags getting it all twisted as they have since the beginning.

This sounds like an apology to me…
“I made a few very poor decisions in the past year, and I apologize to my family, friends and fans for them. But I am not the person who has been portrayed in many media stories.

The Sports Illustrated story, I hope, will help set the record straight. I am not a thief nor a thug. The people who know me best know that is the truth.

I have completed my studies toward earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. I love playing football and want to continue to play. I’m still trying to figure out where that might be.

Lastly, I want to thank my family, who I love very much. They have shown great support and forgiveness for the mistakes I made. I do not ever want to let them down again. ”

Why not use the very media and medium that has misrepresented his past to set the record straight? After all, radio, tv interviews come and go. Anything online lives forever right?

You assume he hasn’t been saying sorry over the last 7 months to his Coaches, teammates or his family – those that really matter. I don’t blame him for keeping silent because he was screwed over by the local media in Oregon. Wow, we were hoping that it wouldn’t be the same in other states. What was I thinking? There will always be haters.

Well I hope you at least enjoy watching him play, wherever he goes, I know I will.

GeoffDawg

July 30th, 2010
10:48 am

LOL – we read ad nauseum for a full year that a three point win by tech was getting a “mudhole stomped” in you. By that logic, I would say that a six point win would constitute a “beat the hell out of”.

Gen Neyland

July 30th, 2010
10:49 am

GeneralNeyland96 : As one of us, you remember the swirl surrounding Aaron Douglas after Kiffin left and Dooley came in. CDD didn’t give Douglas what he wanted (rumored to have been USCw) but gave him what he needed. A lesson. Now, Douglas has the opportunity to transfer again after one season in the AZ desert. Brown may be given a similar deal. Still, I think Brown has cut the line and torched the bridge at Tennessee. I believe CDD needs to stay the course with him. Call it a shot across the bow for incoming freshmen and future recruits that have inked a deal to play Atop Rocky, no matter who is the HC. Now, if we got whacked by the NCAA ala USCw, I’d loosen up on my beliefs regarding transfering for the players benefit…

Gen Neyland

July 30th, 2010
10:52 am

DP : Yes, I’m aware. Let him sit…

Brenda Lee

July 30th, 2010
10:52 am

I’m Sorry ……
………………….. So Sorry

Gen Neyland

July 30th, 2010
10:53 am

Zoo : Coming from you, sir, it’s a honor to be recognized…

GTZ09

July 30th, 2010
10:54 am

Mr. Pappagiorgia and Gatorzone…Nesbitt had a 148.69 Passer Rating which would be Top 15 in the country last season. As Dan pointed out, Nesbitt did not have a high completion percentage, but his Yards per Attempt was 10.5. This was the highest total of all qualified QBs in College Football last season. I’ll take those numbers to go along with the 295 rushing yards per game any day.

Go Jackets

McDawg

July 30th, 2010
10:56 am

Masoli is a dynamic player and i agree he will be a game changer

best for UT to move on regarding bryce brown

GTPhenom

July 30th, 2010
11:05 am

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Robot for Heisman
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Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
11:07 am

Nesbitt had a 148.69 Passer Rating which would be Top 15 in the country last season.

That may be, but when he needed to make a throw, he did not deliver in the games I watched. I am thinking of the Orange bowl in particular.

help, I live in Ga

July 30th, 2010
11:08 am

Paul Johnson is a darned good coach. Record speaks for itself. It’s ugly, but he wins.

For Houston Nutt to take Masoli is just another sign of the times. Money, money money. Coaches careers can be made by good QBs. Look at Fulmer. He had three QBs start for 12 years–Manning, Clausen and Ainge. That’s a career. Without them, well you saw the results. It’s all about the money. This guy Masoli can change the path of that football program and the numbers on Nutt’s contract.

Lane Kiffen is an idiot. The case has merritt and he has no class. He’s like Herpes, he never goes away.

Bryce Brown is like a young girl tennis star whose family wants to make money from his talents. He’s actually a solid guy. Smart and humble and focused. This whole thing is about his family pulling him in different directions. He’s a kid. And it shows. He came all the way back to Knoxville to ask for permisssion to transfer, then lost his nerve and left. A kid.

Did I mention that Lane Kiffen is an idiot?

athdog

July 30th, 2010
11:09 am

GTZ09, I agree. 295 ypg, 10.5 ypa, 148 passer rating. All impressive…..we beat you anyway with the worst defense we’ve had in a half century. 30 (thirty) to 24 (twenty-four)
17 of 20 (85 percent)

Dan

July 30th, 2010
11:10 am

Fair enough, Gatorzone. That’s a fact and it’s undeniable. Part of it was poor blocking but part of it was on him. But that hardly makes him less of a player. Hell, when Tebow needed to get one yard against Ole Miss, he didn’t get it either. Or when he needed to make a play against Bama he couldn’t do it. No one bats 1.000. It doesn’t make either of them less of a player.

How2fish

July 30th, 2010
11:10 am

GeoffDawg my point in using the mudhole stomp phrase when talking about last years win…not much better than serving Bugs their own words..and that we were a dropped pass away from winning the game ..on what planet? If they had of scored we would have scored right back….ahhhh I love rampant speculation.

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
11:10 am

Didn’t Nesbitt come up short against Miami last year as well?

dip

July 30th, 2010
11:12 am

Only one strong armed robbery , oh okay that’s different………………..

Dan

July 30th, 2010
11:13 am

The team came up short against Miami. Didn’t Tebow come up short against a Michigan team that lost to App. St?

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
11:13 am

Um Dan, Tebow has 2 National Championships and a Heisman.

athdog

July 30th, 2010
11:13 am

However, I’m no fool Totally new defense will take three or four games to get everyone playing at full speed, reacting and not hesitating to think about assignments. The new quarterback will need Bobo to realize the ‘O’ line and running game have to protect him, minimize his throws until he gets his feet wet. Probably the same three or four games, and he’ll make the inevitable freshman mistakes all season. 8-4, 9-3 is probably the most we can hope for unless Grantham’s a miracle worker. As long as Tech, Tennessee and Florida are among the 8 wins, I’m okay with that…this year.

Lou Holtz aka the Spitting Cobra

July 30th, 2010
11:14 am

If you think about it, Nesbitt is actually a perfect Heisman candidate- a system qb who will tank in the nfl- if he even makes it beyond the Arena league. He would just be another link in very long chain. Of course, the problem for him is that he isn’t going to get a Jockey endorsement before he flops.

dip

July 30th, 2010
11:14 am

SEC – the win at any cost/sell your soul conference. The value of an Ole Miss degree just went down – but they might win one or two games they wouldn’t have without the THUG.

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
11:15 am

Sorry Dan, I was pulling for tech in both games. It is just not true to say this guy is a good passer. He is a good QB, and a good runner but his passing is terrible.

Dan

July 30th, 2010
11:17 am

What did he win when Percy Harvin left? And seriously, all he did was do jump passes in 2006. His Heisman was on a team that lost four games.

Look, I like Tebow. I thought he was a terrific player and I am rooting for him in the NFL. But don’t sit there and tell me Nesbitt’s not a very good player too just because his stats look a little different than someone else’s. I don’t deny he needs to improve his passing, but he’s been nothing short of awesome at Tech.

Dan

July 30th, 2010
11:18 am

Gatorzone, I agree he’s not a great passes. He functions well in the offense though. And that’s his job. He produces more than almost any other college QB. He just doesn’t always do dropping back.

Delbert D.

July 30th, 2010
11:19 am

What does the NFL have to do with playing college football? How many college quarterbacks this year will “sniff the field” in the NFL? How many of the Rivals 2007 Top 10 Pro-Style and Dual Threat QBs will get a chance? That is the class for Nesbitt, Gray, Garcia, Newton, Threet, Burns, Korn…Clausen made it, and Mallett will get a shot…maybe Brantley?