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

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:

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


July 30th, 2010
2:19 pm

TaxJacket let me speak for the whole world.

WE stand corrected. Josh Nesbitt it a great passer.”


July 30th, 2010
2:22 pm

Zoo, how many times does that fly? At some point, one has to examine their behavior as to why he is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Kind of like Michael Vick.
One man crime wave… that is funny!


July 30th, 2010
2:36 pm

Nesbit is a hoover, he sucks!


July 30th, 2010
2:37 pm

for report on Bryce Brown and his meeting with Dooley, check Joe schad’s twitter.

I think you got yourself a classy coach there GeneralNeyland.


July 30th, 2010
2:38 pm

Official motto at Tech: Can’t, couldn’t and never could


July 30th, 2010
2:39 pm

I despise when people say BUHWAAAAA. It’s even worse from a fellow Dawg.

George Stein

July 30th, 2010
2:44 pm

Hillarious, IPoopedOnABug.


July 30th, 2010
2:45 pm

Scott, I feel the same way about… “just saying”

What a dumb phrase.

Reality Stinks

July 30th, 2010
2:51 pm

Tax Jerk

Thanks for the video just a prime example of what Im talking about

Did you notice the reciever had to stop and wait for the ball, heck that dead duck was almost intercepted

And I doubt you find a shovel pass highlight for a qb its not a spectacular throw and catch

Ole Miss Reb

July 30th, 2010
2:52 pm

@ Gen Neyland. I believe Nutt can straighten him out. Perrileaux was just an idiot!! My friends at LSU always told me that the only thing he had to do was to stay out of trouble. Besides Jeremiah only stole some laptops and smoked weed. I bet he want do that in Lafayette County, MS. Them backwoods have a way of keeping them boys in line. lol. Go Rebs!! Coming to a SEC stadium near you soon….


July 30th, 2010
2:53 pm

Mr Masoli meet Cool Hand Luke. Cool Hand Luke, meet Mr Masoli.

Ole Miss Reb

July 30th, 2010
2:54 pm

Besides, The Clarion Ledger (Jackson,MS) is reporting that Jeremiah Masoli is visiting Ole Miss this weekend. Several bloggers are saying that he is already there!


July 30th, 2010
3:02 pm

Olde Miss Rebel: I hope all the cops have a picture of Masoli in their police cars.


July 30th, 2010
3:10 pm

Reality Stinks,


Need I go on?

You’d think with as many shovel-passes-going-for-long-gains as Nesbitt allegedly throws, he’d have at least one nice enough to be posted as a highlight. Again, you’re just simply making things up so that you don’t have to deal with… um… reality.

Nesbitt threw that pass short because he knew BeBe could outmuscle that tiny DB and snatch the ball. Better to underthrow it to a guy like BeBe than to overthrow it. All this does is demonstrate Nesbitt’s QB savvy, which is remarkable for someone who throws so few passes and get so little practice in passing situations. Between his high passing efficiency and his excellence in running the option, it could be argued that he is the premier distributor of the football in the COUNTRY.

His truth is marching oooon!!!!


July 30th, 2010
3:23 pm

ugag you should beat us every know whatthough tech can win in flordia


July 30th, 2010
3:26 pm

we do beat you every year

Bubba Big Lips

July 30th, 2010
3:36 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHA that ACC is terrible.


July 30th, 2010
3:41 pm

people like Masoli dont change. The best thing for society would be to go ahead and make him sterile so that he can not reproduce a bunch of fatherless kids.

Just this week alone: Yet another University student was killed by black thugs in Baltimore, a father of 3 was shot to death by 2 black teens in a robbery, a school teacher that associated with blacks was found strangled to death in Douglasville, and of course Lorenzen Wright was murdered. We need to limit the blacks that have babies, to only the ones who are CAPABLE of having kids and raising them! There are far to many black scumbags in the US due to worthless black culture. Thank God my favorite team has none on it! Something very few football teams can say.
Teach your daughters racial pride, or they risk ending up with the same fate as black women. 80% chance of fatherless kids, + top 2 killers of young black women are AIDS, and Murder. (Femicide = murder by partner).


July 30th, 2010
3:51 pm

BravesFan you better becareful you will get banned from the blogs.


July 30th, 2010
4:04 pm

POAD if your not banned its not going to be easy for BravesFan to get banned.

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Bragging rights 101 Hater

July 30th, 2010
9:28 pm

Of course, people who can’t spell “pathetic” or are too lazy to look it up shouldn’t be posting, either.


July 31st, 2010
6:39 am

Bryce Brown feels sorry for you when he sees your sorry hairdye job.


July 31st, 2010
6:48 am

Hey Tony,

Wy dont you go down to Fulton County jail and let all those guys say they are “sorry” and then release them too? Sorry, this kind of jocksniffing and kissing butt of athletes is not how I roll. You might be all puckered up to smooch these teenager’s butts because they run fast or look good in their tight uniforms but well-adjusted adults do not enable this behavior. Just report the facts but save us your “professional” opinions.


July 31st, 2010
9:53 am

Let em know, fellas!!

Our Coach Richt is so much hotter than yours. He’s tan and thin. His clothes fit him good (unlike Paul Johnson, GROSS!)

Everything about UGA is just HOTTER. Oh, I need a shower.


July 31st, 2010
10:22 am

45-42. Really.
What about:
Now most of those were tight games that Tech could have won, but don’t keep bragging about a 3-point win when your team has lost 8 of 9 tilts. That’s weak and disappointing from a usually rational fan base.


July 31st, 2010
10:43 am

Runningdod the Avermargin of victory in the UGAv GT game is only 1.94 points of the history of the series.


July 31st, 2010
10:46 am

Masoli was treated to the finest room in the Oxford jail for his visit. Coach Nutt thought it would be a great movitator to keep him inline.


July 31st, 2010
4:16 pm

Remember that time the ACC Championship was played by two teams that had lost to two mid-range SEC East teams the week before? That one was a classic.

I think Raymond James only ended up with 30,000 or so empty seats. It was a great day for both programs. Congrats to both participants and especially the the aye-she-she champion Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. My your great legacy live on forever.


July 31st, 2010
4:43 pm

things paul johnson cares about:


July 31st, 2010
7:07 pm

Thankfully I’m typing and not speaking with my mouth.

Oxford, Mississippi

July 31st, 2010
9:42 pm

Joshua Nesbitt for Heisman

CrimsonTide Zone

July 31st, 2010
9:52 pm

Enter your comments here

I am not going to be the head coach at Alabama. I am the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

August 1st, 2010
8:34 am

Tony B: I think you are dead on, suggesting Masoli apologize and commit to change his ways. Moving that far from home, change of friends, public commitment etc.. may be the first step in turning his life around.

I can’t remember the details of his problems, so I can’t say I would want him on the Dawgs.

Things like this remind me of Mike Price. If he would have done as you suggested (sincere apology, take responsibility, ….) he might still be the coach at UA. Instead, he went with the “it wasn’t really that bad” response. But that’s another story .

As far as Nesbitt, if he wins the Heisman, I’ll come back at age 42, out of shape, slow, and short, and win it next year. Good QB, no doubt, but not a heisman candidate.

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August 1st, 2010
12:27 pm

1-Oregon had some major problems with other players that contributed to Masoli being dismissed. Coaches are human too, and the last straw is the last straw. I wish him luck. 2- Kiffin took a gamble with Brown. Many coaches did not want to deal with his friend, the wannabe rap star “agent”. Brown is a very talented athlete and hopefully he will one day realize that he doesn’t need any “friends” to tell him what to do.


August 1st, 2010
7:26 pm

Masoli is going to be a Reb….and he didn’t say he was “sorry”….just thanked everyone who supported him in his stupidity and criminal behavior…especially coach Nutt and the Ole Miss high standards of admission (Masoli and Jamar Hornsby). Just how low can you go….Mr. Nutt???????????????? Shame on you….Mr. Nutt…..twice now. WIN AT ALL COST AT OLE MISS, I guess. Great message being sent to all Mississippi youth…..crime and bad behavior pays!!!!

Bama man

August 1st, 2010
9:36 pm

Who says first next time will suck a pole.

college football

August 2nd, 2010
12:29 am

two words for the blowflys FU


August 2nd, 2010
1:56 am

Paul Johnson cannot win a bowl game and he cannot pass

Hotty Toddy?

August 2nd, 2010
10:48 am

One of the most important things to look at in the SEC is who you play on the other side of the conference. This year, Ole Miss has drawn Tennessee, Kentucky, and Vandy- the consensus #4, #5, and #6 teams this preseason. That is a mighty big break for the Rebs.

Another important thing is out-of-conference schedule. In recent years (2002-2008) the Rebs went 0-8 against the likes of Missouri, Wake Forest, Wyoming and Texas Tech. This year, the out-of-conference is much more manageable with Jacksonville State, Tulane, Fresno State and Louisiana Lafayette.

Ole Miss could really surprise this season. The Rebs will have a strong defense and the addition of Masoli could be just the spark needed. After back-to-back nine win seasons, this team knows how to win. Another 9 win season – especially with this schedule – is not out of the realm of possibility.

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