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

A "twinkle in his eye"

July 30th, 2010
12:53 pm

CPJ had that twinkle in his eye because he knows that red panties are now on sale at belk. buy one pair and get the bra free and that makes CPJ one happy turkey jowl man.

AAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHA 1 win in 9 tries and soon to be 1 win in 10 tries

DawginLex

July 30th, 2010
12:54 pm

The interception idiot is back.

What a tool and 1st rate moron.

Only judges “successful” programs based on winning a mythical national title not even settled on the field.

I truly feel sorry for you. You are too stupid and ignorant to realize how moronic your posts are.

zeeeeee Nachos aka the "Living Legend"

July 30th, 2010
12:56 pm

Mike Bob 17 INT – your preaching to the choir brother

UGA is a disgrace to our state. I feel for any young kid who buys into their program.

Irrelevant = UGA football

POAD

July 30th, 2010
12:58 pm

Isn’t Masoli on probation or something? How can he just leave the stste so easily?

DawginLex

July 30th, 2010
1:00 pm

BTW,

Anybody that says i’m not willing to predict the season is a liar:

Here goes;

11-3 6-2 in the SEC

losses to Auburn and SC or Arkansas

We will beat UT
We will beat Florida

florida will lose to us and Bama

We will lose to Bama in SEC title game.

We will win our bowl game. Tech will lose 3 and not play in the ACC title game. They will finally win a bowl game and go 10-3.

Flail away(especially you gerbil boy interception idiot)

TheTaxJacket

July 30th, 2010
1:05 pm

Josh Nesbitt passing efficiency 2009:

(((( 148.69 ))))
((( 2nd in ACC )))
((14th nationally ))

Of course it’s easy to pick out the FEW games where Nesbitt played poorly and say he’s not a good QB. You can do the same thing with ANY elite QB!!!!

Mr. Gatorzoner, the only game I saw Tim Tebow play last year was vs Mississippi St. What a terrible excuse for a QB that boy is!!!!! (2 pick 6s) Nice runner though.

Glory, glory to the Jackets. Their truth is marching on!!!!

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
1:09 pm

That’d be a helluva season for y’all, DawginLex.

Realtity Check

July 30th, 2010
1:10 pm

Why is Masoli going to Ole Miss when UGA is available. They have no real quarterback on campus and by the third game will be playing a one star freshman QB that no other SEC team recruited in Mason. Also, he would fit in nicely with the rest of the team and help secure the Fulmer Cup one day.

UGA= team on the decline who has peaked under the current coach. Dawg fans who are honest would kill to have a proven starter like Josh Nesbit at QB. By the 6th game UGA fans will be saying wait till next year when you will have to depend on a true freshman quarterback again. Enjoy the SEC outhouse Dawg fans cause that is where you will be for the next few years.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

“Isn’t Masoli on probation or something? How can he just leave the stste so easily?”

POAD, did you read the article? You need to read the article. If you did read it, I did, the kid didn’t do anything wrong. He was pressured by “the system” to plead guilty to all of those charges. He was present when the crimes were committed but remorseful after the fact.

Reality Stinks

July 30th, 2010
1:13 pm

Boy I thought I heard everything until now

Josh Nesbitty will win the Super Bowl for the Falcons

Please give me 2 gallons of that Kool-Aid

I want to know what it feels like to go to the land of Oz

Dawg Tired

July 30th, 2010
1:14 pm

RC – Therapy would help. Or, maybe just getting a life would be all you need.

Dawg Tired

July 30th, 2010
1:16 pm

So the kid got thrown off the team because he didn’t do anything? Surely you jest.

Reality Stinks

July 30th, 2010
1:21 pm

The Tax Jacket

Nesbitty’s QB ranking is so high because 95% of his passes are 10 yards or less

Did you Tech fans invent Kool-Aid too, along with other inventions like the toilet plunger, drano, Metamucil, and my personal favorite the empty highschool stadium during home games.

The toilet plunger, drano, and Metamucil were great for your fan base because your so full of crap all 3 are needed for your trip to the bathroom.

I just cant figure out the empty highschool stadium though

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
1:23 pm

Well then Tax Jackoff, I stand corrected…

Nesbitt is much better than Tebow!!!

Nice fantasy land you live in there. Whatever, just keep beating your chest about the wonderful ACC. When was the last ACC National Champion by the way?

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
1:24 pm

Tax Jacket, I take back that last statement. Shouldn’t have said Jackoff.

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
1:24 pm

Good lord, Tax Jacket. Enough already.

TheTaxJacket

July 30th, 2010
1:30 pm

Reality Stinks,

OH REALLY. That’s a mighty strange claim considering NESBITT LED THE NCAA IN YARDS PER PASS ATTEMPT.

Try again mutt.

Nesbitt. ROBOT. Heismen. Deal with it fleabags!!!!!!!!!

gdawginkalamazoo

July 30th, 2010
1:34 pm

Dawg Tired, no I don’t jest. Read the article. He didn’t do anything, he is a victim of the ruthless DA, probably Sam Waterson type, who pressured him to plead guilty or go to jail. All for doing nothing wrong.

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
1:35 pm

Tebow had a QB rating of:
2006 201
2007 172.5
2008 172.4
2009 155.6

check them out yourself at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Tebow

Yes, he is no Josh Nesbitt.

Reality Stinks

July 30th, 2010
1:37 pm

The Tax Jerk and other Techies

Have you seen the Wizzard yet? If not just keep drinking your Kool-Aid

Maybe if you clap your golden slippers 3 times the Wizzard of Oz will grant you your wish and:

Nesbitty will win the heisman
Tech will win an outright National Title without sharing one with 2 other teams and the help of UPI
Your stadium will be a sellout at all home games for the first time ever
Your stadium will enlarge from high school size to juinor college size
And your campus will move to a safe non-violent neighborhood

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
1:38 pm

Nesbitt has a 46.3 % completion percentage….

Yes, he is a wonderful passer

TheTaxJacket

July 30th, 2010
1:40 pm

Gatorzone,

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 Miss St game in particular.

Never tried to compare the two sir, though I will say Nesbitt is a more powerful runner.

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
1:40 pm

Gatorzone, I’d let Nesbitt be. He’s a terrific player. The poster just needs to knock it off with the idea that he’s the best in NCAA.

Reality Stinks

July 30th, 2010
1:43 pm

The Tax Jerk

Oh really

Thats not a strange claim when you can shovel pass a ball (Like Tech Does) for a distance of 3 yards and the back carries it down the field for 20 + stupid

That 3 yard dump pass can turn into 30 yards and thats what happens in your middle school scheme.

You might ought to watch a little more of your games instead of using your Sanitation Engineering degree to fix the Varsity’s bathrooms

Try again Bumble Bee

“Squash”

Area Sports Fan

July 30th, 2010
1:43 pm

Bobo, you’re an idiot. The moment you posted that we needed to focus on why UGA can’t be competitive with other D1 schools is the moment you lost all credibility. UGA has won two SEC titles and finished top ten in the nation numerous times over the past decade and you claim they aren’t competitive? Idiot.

GeneralNeyland96

July 30th, 2010
1:43 pm

swheels……Sources Please??

gdawginkalamazoo

July 30th, 2010
1:44 pm

Gatorzone, do you have a brick wall nearby? Go argue with that. You might get better results. Tebow was one of the best to ever play college football. Nesbitt has this season to put his mark in the books. He is a talented kid and he will miss D Thomas this year for sure.

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
1:45 pm

Jacket, I like Nesbitt. Just in the games I saw, he is not a good passer. And yes Tebow looked bad all last year, but the Gators only lost 1 game the the National champ. Nesbitt played a big role in the Miami defeat, as well as Iowa.

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
1:46 pm

kalamazoo, Agreed. Seems every school seems to have their whackjobs. He’s ours. It would be very nice to have a room with fairly intelligent conversation and some creative, good-natured jabs at each other.

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
1:49 pm

Lowest common denominator, meet Tax Jacket. Tax Jacket, meet lowest common denominator.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 30th, 2010
1:51 pm

I would say that Nesbitt does his job very well. His job is to move the offense down the field in whatever matter is required.

POAD

July 30th, 2010
1:53 pm

dawgmazzozoz If he plead GUILTY(pressured or not) that usually means Probation.

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
1:53 pm

No biggie. I just thought it was humourous to bring up Tebow’s couple of bad passing games. i can recite many when he lit it up. Anyway, he is graduated and now we have a better pure passer taking over in Brantley. Wait until you see this guy.

jarvis

July 30th, 2010
1:56 pm

I keep looking at the Heisman watchlists and don’t find Joshua anywhere on it.
What do you think the sports writers are missing? Oh…and the aye-she-she coaches? They didn’t have him as pre-season either.

In three years Paul Johnson will be announced as the next coach of Notre Dame leaving with a 1-4 against the Dawgs.

Your players suck. Johnson can’t replace the missig talent.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 30th, 2010
1:57 pm

….manner is required

TheTaxJacket

July 30th, 2010
2:00 pm

Mr. Reality Stinks,

Reality must stink so much that you no longer choose to recognize it. Contriving imaginary “3 yard passes” that you dreamed up in the janitor’s closet at McDonald’s isn’t going to help your argument. Unless you think pitches to the A-back are counted statistically as passing, which they are not.

Nesbitt bombed it deep and often when he did throw it. You don’t lead the NCAA in yards per pass attempt by flipping 3 yard passes all game and praying to God they run 20 yards.

Glory Glory to The Rooobot, his truth is marching on!!!!!

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
2:00 pm

You stay classy, jarvis.

Reality Stinks

July 30th, 2010
2:00 pm

Hey Tax Jerk

Im waiting

or did I step on you to hard

LOL

July 30th, 2010
2:01 pm

Bobo, thank you for continuing to show us what a total and complete idiot you are.

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
2:06 pm

Nesbitt may have led the nation in yards per pass attempt, but he only hit is receiver 46.3% of the time. That really is not good

POAD

July 30th, 2010
2:06 pm

Dawgzoo I read the whole si article and he has a 1yr Probation and a $2500 fine. The youngman has to get permission to leave the state and to have his probation transfered to Miss if he does go to Ole Miss. Probation could be more difficult in Miss than Oregon.

Reality Stinks

July 30th, 2010
2:07 pm

Tax Jerk

Notice I said in my previous post shovel pass not “pitches” shovel pass

A shovel pass is a pass and is counted as a pass

Like I said stop wasting your time trying to unclogg the toilet from the giant linker log I left you at the Varsity and watch a few games

Your buzz from the Kool-Aid you drink will hopefully wear off and you can see Nesbitty’s “Truth want be marching” to no heisman or national championship bug.

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
2:09 pm

In his defense, Gatorzone, his passes were not usually short ones. Many of his were downfield throws that most QBs would not complete at a high rate either.

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
2:10 pm

what is with the robot nickname anyway? Is that because he has slow reaction? Is that a complement?

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2010
2:12 pm

DawginLex,
“we will beat…”. What position do you play?

Gatorzone

July 30th, 2010
2:12 pm

George, I did notice that he did throw lots of deep balls. And, he is a great runner and a good leader. He moves the team and that is what matters.

Reality Stinks

July 30th, 2010
2:12 pm

Gatorzone

Thats the point Im trying to make 46% wow, but Mr. Kool-aid tax man thinks Nesbitty makes Tebow look like he cant hold his sweat towl

Nesbitty is a great passer, 10 yards or less yes, but let him throw it further than that and watch all the duck hunters come out

TheTaxJacket

July 30th, 2010
2:17 pm

Reality Stinks,

Please provide some video evidence of these elusive “shovel passes” you speak of. I cannot recall a single one in the entire time CPJ has been at Tech. All I remember is an arsenal of booming ICBMs launched from the powerful biomechanical arm of The Robot.

Maybe I had been taking a bathroom break or was microwaving a fajita at the time.

TheTaxJacket

July 30th, 2010
2:18 pm

gdawginkalamazoo

July 30th, 2010
2:18 pm

POAD, I know. The article just seems so “I didn’t do anything wrong”, “wrong time, wrong place, wrong friends”. For the parole he will have to get permission to leave the state. Being that he seems like a one man crime wave they may give him their blessings.