Oregon Ducks quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was arrested for 2nd degree burglary. He stole a couple laptops and a guitar from a fraternity house. Chip Kelly, Oregon’s football coach, said that Masoli would be suspended for the entire 2010 season. The once Heisman hopeful, can redshirt for a season while he is on suspension and won’t lose his scholarship or waste a year of eligibility. It will be up to him if he wants to return in the 2011 season. It’s a big blow for a team that had high hopes for the Pac-10 title, with no clear front runner in the conference. Without any extra investigation on my part whatsoever. I like it, it shows that Oregon isn’t slipping him a bunch of money under the table to their players as he would be an obvious beneficiary. He definitely wouldn’t have had to rip a laptop off. He’d already have one, and some other “gifts” to swap for some cash. I guess there’s a slight possibility that he may have done it for “fun” because he didn’t like that frat, but I’ll assume he committed the crime for financial reasons. I wonder if Masoli is wishing he went to USC, and at least got paid!
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The question is….
I’ll admit, I did. The day after college football’s opening punch, the University of Oregon – or as first year head coach, Chip Kelly, called it on national TV, Oregon University – announced that starting RB LeGarrette Blount had been suspended for the entire season. It seemed legit at the time, but now, only two days removed from the disciplinary action, I’m going on the record saying there’s no way the suspension is upheld. Oregon football has underachieved more often than they have overachieved since the 2001 campaign. They needed a successful year in 2009 more than any. But, instead, they started off on a losing track and then kicking their best player of the team. Keep in mind the suspension was Oregon’s idea, not the Pac-10, and not the NCAA. Had they handed him a less severe punishment, they would’ve risked the Pac-10 or NCAA stepping in and making it more severe. This way, Oregon did not have to worry about that. The reason I see this suspension getting lifted, oh, let’s say 6-8 games into the season is because A) they need him, a B) he is still with the team, allowed to practice, just not play in games. It got me thinking, why, as a senior, would you continue to practice with the team if you weren’t going to play for the remainder of the season? Call it a hunch, but I think LeGarrette Blount, Chip Kelly, and Mike Belotti have a trick up their sleeve. Oregon hosts USC in Week 10 which will be their 9th game of the season. I look for him to be reinstated just in time for that game. If the dust hasn’t settled by then, I can see the Ducks settling for their regular season finale against Oregon State in the Civil War.