In what might be the most stunning news of the offseason, Oregon's Chip Kelly took a bold step Friday suspending quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.
Masoli pleaded guilty to a felony, second-degree burglary, but authorities knocked it down to a misdemeanor. According to reports, Masoli probably won't have to serve any jail time. It look from this distance (I'm courtside at the Big 12 Tournament) that Masoli didn't get suspended so much for the crime but for lying to Kelly.
Given the climate at Oregon with all the arrests, this was a deal breaker. According to the Eugene Register-Guard, Masoli had previously told Kelly that he did nothing wrong.
Tailback LaMichael James will be suspended for a game after the altercation with his girlfriend.
Oregon was going to be a preseason top 10 team. Don't know where to put them right now.
I know this, it just became a lot easier for some team other than Oregon to win the Pac-10.
Here's a statement from Oregon president Richard Lariviere that just moved to my e-mail:
"The University of Oregon expects all of its students to be responsible, law-abiding members of our community. Recently, several UO student-athletes admitted that they failed to meet these basic expectations and, as a result, they will face consequences.
I have discussed with Coach Kelly the serious nature of the criminal situations for these young men. I am confident that Coach Kelly has carefully and fairly considered the disciplinary actions he is imposing. I know that he understands the high expectations of Oregon's faculty, students and fans."