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

Dan

July 30th, 2010
11:24 am

You are exactly right, Delbert. I will say that it can be frustrating to see someone be successful at the NFL level when he wasn’t highly though of in college because you just wonder what happened. But the NFL is not the barometer for collegiate success.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
11:25 am

CMR is on track to be fired in 2 years or less. I predicted 5 years ago that CMR would be on his way back to Miami and he is dead on schedule. Shannon could stumble again this year, and if so, then Miami will be calling and he will not be able to head out of Athens fast enough and return to a top-tier program.

If anything, Shalala will make him AD at Miami, which will be a major step up for CMR, as long as he does not weave or have panties in his lap. Quite frankly, I think CMR would make a great AD at Miami and I will do what I can to move this along.

By the way, how many titles does UGA have in the past 25 years..? Just curious, because Miami bagged 5….that’s right 5 in 25 years.

GeoffDawg

July 30th, 2010
11:25 am

How2fish, I agree with you. The mudhole stomp was one of the most frequent phrases I remember reading out of the tech camp last year. It’s just funny how quickly they change their tune when the shoe’s on the other foot. 3 point tech win = complete domination / 6 point UGA win = eh, ya’ll got lucky.

GTZ09

July 30th, 2010
11:26 am

Gatorzone…Iowa killed us where it mattered most, in the trenches. No excuses there, they just flat out beat us. I don’t think any Tech player would say they played decent in that game let alone Nesbitt.

athdog…congrats again on Tech making your season. Much like the Orange Bowl, uga killed us in the trenches. The holes your RBs were running through were wider than the gap between Strahan’s two front teeth. The fact that we were in position to win that game I believe is a testament to how good a coach CPJ is. Hopefully he makes it 2 for 2 in athens this November.

Go Jackets

zeeeeee Nachos aka the "Living Legend"

July 30th, 2010
11:28 am

I think they UGA gymnastic team should play football this season. Cant get any worse than it is now.

7-5 = wait ’til next year!!!!!!!!!

Dick Butkus

July 30th, 2010
11:29 am

What does the NFL have to do with college football? It has to do with every one of those kids’ dreams! It has to do with making a better living than most of these kids can ever imagine otherwise. It has to do with turning what you’ve spent the majority of your life for the past 12 years or so into a productive career rather than a memory. It has everything to do with college football. Just because you don’t care what happens to these kids after their elgibility is up doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter.

GeoffDawg

July 30th, 2010
11:30 am

GTZ09, IMHO, the fact that the game was so close is more a testament to just how bad Willie Martinez is. Moreso 2008 than 2009 though in all honestly.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
11:30 am

zeeeeee Nachos aka the “Living Legend”

Amen Brother!!! I give them 8-4 at best, and they have the easiest schedule in D-1. I would love to see them in the SEC west, they would get pounded…..

There motto for the past 117 years has been “Wait Till Next Year.”

zeeeeee Nachos aka the "Living Legend"

July 30th, 2010
11:36 am

here a few more: “we got some awesome recruits coming in” or “the refs cost us the game”

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
11:37 am

Geoffdawg – It’s an interesting question about Willie. Admittedly, I don’t watch every UGA game so I can’t be an expert. But, the defense didn’t look much different that it did under Van Gorder. Y’all very rarely blitzed under either DC. The difference was that Van Gorder had better players and he was able to get a pass rush using four guys – often Pollack was the only one necessary. That makes it tough to move the ball.

I am not so dillusional as to think Willie was great but I do think he was a bit of a scape goat.

As to the Tech game, there is a part of me that agrees that when one team dominates another so much up front it should not be a 6 point game, but whatever. I would have rather lost by 100 points than be close at the end and not get it done.

WDE

July 30th, 2010
11:38 am

Bobo, were you in a coma in 2008? Georgia was ranked PRESEASON NUMBER 1. I know you Tech nerds and jorts-wearers aren’t good at math- but if you ain’t first, you’re last!

The 2008 team, besides being preseason #1, was rated 99 offense, 99 defense, and 99 overall in NCAA ‘09. If that doesn’t sound like a national title, then you can just pack your stuff up and go watch the fairy football being played in the SEC West!

UO2000

July 30th, 2010
11:40 am

Masoli lied to Coach Kelly. He is not accountable for his action or inaction and the SI article is a load of hogwash. If he didn’t steal from the MacBooks, then stay at the scene for an hour and provide a statement to the Eugene Police Department. Why did he plead guilty and deal with he Lane County DA if he didn’t burgarlarize the SAE frat house? Anyway, I’m trying to turn the page on him.

Fall Camp starts 9 Aug 2010, and after a warm-up against New Mexico, my Ducks travel into the hallowed grounds of Neyland Stadium on 11 Sep 2010 — the Tennessee Vols who’s D-coordinator and LB coach both played for Oregon. Wilcox put together the Boise State scheme last year and Peter Sirmon was a grad assistant at Oregon last year. Two very astute hires by Dooley. Can’t wait for the visit to Rocky Top. Tennessee is a great program and I don’t buy into the hype that they’re in a down cycle.

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
11:41 am

Bobo, UGA plays the following “easy” teams:

at USC
Ark
UF
at Auburn
Tech.

I would not say that is an easy schedule. Plus MSU will be pretty good this year as well.

jarvis

July 30th, 2010
11:42 am

First, third…what’s the difference? It’s still just the aye-she-she.

GTZ09

July 30th, 2010
11:45 am

GeoffDawg…I think we can acknowledge that both of our d-cords were equally terrible, hence both of them losing their jobs. I am curious to see how grantham does in the college ranks after spending the last 11 seasons in the NFL. Can’t wait for football season to get here.

Go Jackets

GeoffDawg

July 30th, 2010
11:48 am

George Stein, I don’t think the schemes were remarkably different. The biggest discrepancy between Van Gorder and Martinez, in my opinion, was fundamentals, technique, and aggression. Van Gorder had some very talented players but Martinez’s were no slouches either and certainly he had far more than enough talent to rank better than near or at the bottom of the conference in several major categories. I think the work that Van Gorder has done with the Falcons recently with very little NFL calibre talent speaks to his skills as a DC.

Also, even if you’re just looking at the UGA/Tech games over the last couple of years, you could run a clinic on what not to do on defense. There were so many tackles that weren’t wrapped up, players out of position, players biting on fakes and not maintaining their lanes, it was absolutely laughable. I think there’s a lot more to a quality DC than just knowing the nuts and bolts of a certain scheme.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
11:52 am

WDE, cannot you not recall that the Dogs fell in the polls in the first 2 games, in which they won. The media hates the UGA program, thus it gets no respect.

Shall we go back to the Alabama game about 2 years ago when College Gameday was in town, and UGA got the pure living sh#t kicked out of them, but they just buried their hands in the sand and put the blame somewhere else.

As they say when someone is an alcoholic….”admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery.” UGA needs to admit their program is tanked.

By the way Alabama was hung 31 on them at halftime.

WDE

July 30th, 2010
11:52 am

Georgia will go 6-6 this year…

W – UL Lafayette (duh)
L – SCAR (No way in hell, Aaron Murray in his 2nd ever start will be crushed by SC’s defense, and Garcia will pick apart UGA’s secondary.
L – Arkansas (Ryan Mallett will embarass you, 400+ yards easily)
W – Miss. State (yeah, no)
W – Colorado
L – Tennessee (Derek Dooley gets his first signature win, Barbra embarasses Vince and the Athens community)
W – Vanderbilt
W – Kentucky
L – Florida (No explanation or rationalization needed)
W – Idaho State
L – Auburn (Two programs at similar levels headed in completely opposite directions, Auburn will have a well-oiled offense just as last year but will differ in that there is more depth on D, especially LB.)
L – Georgia Tech (Taking away a lineman on D just makes those first couple yards that much easier for Nesbitt)

GeoffDawg

July 30th, 2010
11:54 am

GTZ09, yes, I agree. Both DC deserved to lose their jobs although I have to admit that I was a bit surprised that Paul Johnson pulled the trigger on that firing when he did. I thought it would go another year.

The transition from NFL to college is always interesting. Add to that the difference in scheme and the loss of so many starters from last year, it’ll be white knuckle time in the early going.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
11:55 am

Gatorzone

Yes, you are in the weaker side of the SEC, because you only have to deal with UF. Deal with Alabama and LSU, then we can talk. Regardless, I will agree that the SEC is the top conference in D-1, however, there are plenty of weak teams including USC, MSU, Ole Miss and AU.

If you remove LSU and Florida from the mix over the past 10 years, the SEC would be AAA, but I will give it to you that LSU, UF and UA are premier programs who will win titles,

UGA needs to quit whining about the SEC. “If you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen”….in other words, join another conference.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
11:57 am

WDE

I give them 8-4 with losses to Florida, AU, Arky, and UT. Regardless, 8-4 is good enough to give CMR another contract extension.

Bulldog fans…keeps those booster checks coming, because we need to extend CMR’s contract.

Jake

July 30th, 2010
11:59 am

I’m sure Tony pulled for Ga. as a young boy,, still does.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
12:00 pm

UGA is just a flat embarassment to the state of Georgia. All of those rednecks yelling and backing on Saturdays makes us look like a bunch of idiots, then losing on top of that….Ugh!!! If they would just give up football and focus in gymnastics.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
12:00 pm

Excuse me….barking……

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
12:01 pm

Jake, no doubt about it. Typical AJC clone trying to cut his way to ESPN, but I have news for Mr. Barnhart..Corso and May will bury you. They already have Lou Holtz, who struggles lately, but is light years ahead of anyone like Barnhart.

haters are skaters

July 30th, 2010
12:02 pm

reality check for all jacket fans. see below listing of all time series btwn the 2 teams.

60-39-5 UGA leads
23 of 31 streak by UGA
14 of 18 streak by UGA
7 straight streak (2x) by UGA
8 straight streak by GT
1 of 2 streak by GT over the last 2 yrs

so, as you can see, UGA owns the series w/ GT. guess we can see why they keep referring to a 3 pt victory 2 yrs ago. not much of a proud history in the series.

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
12:03 pm

Gotta tell ya, Geoffdawg, your offensive line will be the key to the defense early on. If they continue to smack opponents in the mouth the way y’all did to us last year, the defense will never be on the field.

Fair points about Willie.

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
12:05 pm

Jake, he should pull for UGA. He went there. He gives Tech a fair shake usually. I could do without so much of the “SEC is so great” nonsense, but other than that I like Tony. And far be it for me to knock a guy who roots for his school. Ditto Schlabaugh.

Dawg Tired

July 30th, 2010
12:05 pm

Tony – The media picking Tech 3rd in their division is indeed strange. One can only assume they will be better than they were last year when they won the ACC Title, as Coach Johnson seems to have done a very good job of recruiting players to fit his system. What’s your take on this? Is the conference just that much better this year?

GeoffDawg

July 30th, 2010
12:05 pm

Mike Bobo 17 INT and WDE – it’s a given that for the most part, every SEC game is tough but just what criteria are you using to call the UT game a loss for Georgia? Arkansas has Mallett but not a whole lot of talent around him, Auburn and UGA are typically pretty evenly matched, so I can accept your admittedly biased opinions there. But UT? They’ll be lucky to be their own state champs this year. Their O-line has a combined 3 starts between them. Anything can happen in conference play but that prediction defies any attempts at logic.

GeoffDawg

July 30th, 2010
12:08 pm

That’s a good point George Stein. Young QB, two talented TBs, the most experienced O-line in the conference. Hopefully, that adds up to running the ball, controlling the clock, and minimizing the exposure of the defense.

bad brad

July 30th, 2010
12:08 pm

Tennessee won’t even miss Brown; watch what Rajion Neal does for them. He flew under the radar taking Sandy Creek to the AAAA state championship and I expect great things from him in Knoxville.

zeeeeee Nachos aka the "Living Legend"

July 30th, 2010
12:09 pm

The Georgia football motto: “WOULDA… COULDA…. SHOULDA”

30 years & counting fleabags…

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
12:16 pm

UGA will win 9 games this year. I think they’ll get clipped by Miss St, UF, and Auburn. I want to say Tech beat them too but if I do that I’ll jinx us (totally rational, I know). They always beat South Carolina even though the games are close (sounds familiar to a Tech fan) and wake me up when Arkansas decides to play defense. UGA will run the ball all over those guys. Plus it’s a noon game so it’ll feel like 11:00 AM for Arkansas. Advantage: UGA. I think Dan Mullen is a helluva coach though and he’s gonna pick off someone. I think it’ll be UGA.

Tech will win 9 games too. We’ll get beat by Clemson, VT, and UGA.

Reality Stinks

July 30th, 2010
12:22 pm

Gimick offense

No show fans

High school stadium

Dangerous neighborhood for games

Sanitation Engineering

Terrible athletic program

Boy its great to be a tech fan

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
12:26 pm

You tell ‘em, Reality Stinks!

swheels

July 30th, 2010
12:29 pm

Turns out that Bryce Brown did go and see Dooley on Saturday. Dooley told him to think about it some more and come back Monday. Monday comes and he doesn’t want to go back and explain himself again and he sends Dooley a text message. Dooley then throws said player under the bus. Who is the sad case here? Brown doesn’t need a release to play next year. He would need a release to practice with a team this year, but not to play next year.
Dooley is classless to let this continue when the player did come and see him and he lets this BS continue.

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
12:29 pm

George, the reason he thinks the SEC is so great is because the last 4 National Championships have been won by 3 seperate SEC teams. That should tell you something. Throw in an undefeated Auburn in 04 and an LSU championship in 02, UGA in 07, and I would say that is a pretty dominant conference.
Geoff, no way UGA gets beat by UT this year. I agree with you.

Atlanta Jackets

July 30th, 2010
12:36 pm

WDE and Mike Bobo 17 NITS, I love it! Hahah! ROTFLMAO! Those mutts are history. The state belongs to Tech and they can’t admit it. The moment they hired Coach Rich, I knew they are accepting medicority. LOL! And they keep him around.

Rich is the Hewit of NCAA football. Burn!!!

Wait, the Robot just scored another touchdown against the Mutts! LOL! I love it.

Atlanta Jackets

July 30th, 2010
12:39 pm

I’m hoping the Falcons take Nesbot in the second round (if he lasts that long) to be the back up to Ryan for a few years. He’ll take over after that and keep bringing championships to Atlanta, just like he did at Tech. I love it. And the mutts would die knowing that the Robot not only beat them consistently at Tech but was also the one that finally brings a super bowl to Atlanta. What would they say then? LOL! Just wait.

Atlanta Jackets

July 30th, 2010
12:41 pm

Mike Bobo at 12pm! LOL! ROTFLMAO!

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
12:41 pm

haters are skaters

Quit focusing on a nerd school that does not deserve a football program, and focus on why UGA cannot be competitive with other D-1 programs. 10 years and not 1 chance at a title.

I am not a GT fan by any means, but hell they got their last title in 1990….

hsf

July 30th, 2010
12:42 pm

The prime reason UT AD is still there can be summed up in 2 words….Bruce Pearl.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
12:44 pm

GeoffDawg, I respect your comment, but until UGA starts opening with Southern Cal, Miami, or even Texas, there is just no respect for your program.

If the SEC is so tough, then move to the Big East, BIg 10, or Colonial and bag some wins. Your program is used to looking for weak opponents, so you would feel right at home. Your previous AD spent 90% of his time looking for the perfect schedule to try and get a BCS, but it backfired.

You need to learn to play any team, any time anywhere.

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
12:46 pm

Fair enough, Gatorzone. But I would argue back a couple of points. First, National Championships cannot be the measure (does anyone really believe that the ACC was the best hoops conference the past two years? I don’t. Hell Paul Hewitt’s team played for it’s championship). It’s a far more complicated issue than that. Further..

- That the fact that teams seem to be able to get through the SEC with only one or no losses (save 2007 LSU) and play for the NC every year is because it’s not that tough after the top two. The conference has been extremely top heavy for some time now and that adds up to essentially a one or two game season for the best teams. Just look at last bowl season – Auburn barely gets past NW, Kentucky lost, Tennessee got hammered, South Carolina lost to effing UConn, and Arkansas needed OT to beat East Carolina. But the two top teams smacked their opponents all over the field (as did UGA).

- The middle of the pack in the SEC had a good weekend. I can’t deny that. But if you look at the trend of SEC schools playing outside of their conference against BCS programs, the records are not dominant by any measure.

It’s a good conference but it has a lot of deadweight in it. And the fact that we know who is going to play for its championship (again) this year in July doesn’t suggest the conference is as strong as people seem to think it is.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 30th, 2010
12:47 pm

I am not calling Paul Johnson’s offense M i c k e y M o u s e or anything but when he calls a late 4th qtr time out and yells “Oh tooo-dles” you have to wonder.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
12:47 pm

GT has 4 titles, UGA has 1, thus the score is 4-1. Do we need to rewind that clip of No Show Moreno getting stuffed at the goal line 2 years ago.

GT may not win a title anytime soon, but PJ is a much better coach than CMR, because he is accountable and makes hard choices. CMR is too weak.

Bottom line: it is hard to fire good looking people. The ugly ones go first. Also, most Baptist Fired Dog fans are more complacent and want CMR to stay, regardless of the lack of competitiveness and horrible condition of this program.

npgator

July 30th, 2010
12:49 pm

Tony – another great article but I hope that Brown never plays another down of football and gets employment at a local fast food joint hocking burgers, fries and upsizes.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
12:49 pm

If you fire CMR, you are deathly afraid of what is out there, or what is not out there.

Kirby Smart slapped your program in the face when he did not even come close to getting back to Athens. Kirby decided to remain with a championship program that actually has a shot at winning titles. Tuscaloosa plays to win (i.e. Mal Moore) and expects nothing less. Ask Bill Curry about a brick through his window.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

July 30th, 2010
12:52 pm

gdawginkalamazoo

Agreed as per your last comment.