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Nutt says Ole Miss blindsided by NCAA ruling

Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:29 pm
 

Ole Miss would not have taken Jeremiah Masoli had it known the NCAA’s interpretation of the quarterback’s transfer waiver request, coach Houston Nutt told CBSSports.com

Nutt said the university was surprised that the NCAA ruled that Masoli’s request violated the “spirit” of the NCAA transfer rule. Masoli was attempting to transfer to Ole Miss after graduating from Oregon. He was kicked out of the program during the offseason after a series of legal problems. Masoli had applied to be a Parks and Recreation graduate student at Ole Miss.

A few years ago the NCAA got rid of the rule that allowed grad students to transfer for a final year of eligibility if their course of study wasn’t offered at their present school. However, it did allow players to request a waiver.

That’s how Masoli got to Ole Miss. On Tuesday, the NCAA ruled that since Masoli was kicked off the team at Oregon, that his transfer request was athletically related more than academic. Ole Miss plans to appeal.

“What they ought to do is change the rule,” Nutt said. “We’ll  see if, in the appeal, they see it in a different light.”

Masoli, a walk-on, will redshirt a year and come back for 2011, Nutt said. He also said that he is working on getting Masoli on scholarship in January.

“I think what they’re [NCAA] saying is we can’t promote bad behavior because he got kicked out of school,” a veteran school compliance official told CBSSports.com.


Players are allowed to transfer from Division I-A to Division I-AA without sitting out. That same compliance official told CBSSports.com that some schools are setting unique graduate programs in order to make it easier for players such as Masoli to transfer. There is no evidence that Ole Miss is one of those schools.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Ole Miss
 
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Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2010 5:45 pm
 

Nutt says Ole Miss blindsided by NCAA ruling

 The NCAA rarely get anything right in my opinion, however it appears as if they got this one right. Jeremiah Masoli had about as much interest in parks and recreation as Obama has doing what America want him to do for America.

I said before in other post this was a wrong move on the part of coach Nutt. I would have expected more in the moral category than what he has shown so far.

It was said that the Ole Miss players came to him and told him Masoli was available and would play for Ole Miss.

I wonder who contacted whom first the players from Ole Miss or did Masoli contact a player from Ole Miss about the quarterback position at the program. I am almost sure it was not the current person that will be starting at the quarterback position.

If this player was kicked off the Oregon State team for a year then that should mean he can not participate any other D-1 football program until the year is up. If he want to transfer to another school the suspension or punishment should still stand.

If this was the case I am willing to bet that coach Nutt would not have even lifted a finger to get Masoli to Ole Miss as should have been the case.

I can understand the madness behind a players thinking, that there must be a loop hole all we have to do is hire enough smart lawyers to find one and go through it.  I am sure the Masoli is not smart enough to know about the loop hole that was found for his initial enrollment in Ole Miss.

I wonder since the NCAA has made the right ruling will he now transfer to another lower division  or will he return to Ole Miss next season after sitting this season out  program?  



 
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Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:59 pm
 

Nutt says Ole Miss blindsided by NCAA ruling

So poor old Houston got blindsided? By the NCAA no less.
'bout damn time!!!!



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:50 pm
 

Nutt says Ole Miss blindsided by NCAA ruling

If you read the article, it said the NCAA got rid of the rule that allowed student athletes to transfer to another university if the already graduated and their current university did not offer the specific graduate studies they are interested in. They are still allowed to petition for the waiver, however. Anyone that actually thinks he wants to study Parks and Recreation is delusional. He simply found a program that wasn't offered at Oregon and said "I really want to go to graduate school for Parks and Recreation, so I have to go to Ole Miss." I actually applaud the NCAA for denying the waiver. If they are going to take a stance for academics, this is the ruling they had to make. If they want to just worry about students playing football and not the rest of their lives, which they have every right to, the will change their ruling.



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:27 pm
 

Nutt says Ole Miss blindsided by NCAA ruling

Hey Ole Miss fans. That seems to be the end of the Masoli experiment. Put it in the rearview and lets support the qb taking over. Not the end of the world Rebels.



Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:12 pm
 

Nutt says Ole Miss blindsided by NCAA ruling

There is no substantial difference between being kicked off the football team at Oregon and not being kicked out of school, as it relates to the Ole Miss situation. He was kicked off the team at Oregon for a reason, such as a guilty plea to his latest scrape with the law in Eugene AND being in a car in which marijuana was found during a traffic stop. The first situation was going to cost him a season, the second resulted in his dismissal from the program. So why does Ole Miss think the same situation doesn't apply to it? He was off the team at Oregon for a season but still in school. He will be off the team at Ole Miss for a season but still in school. Very fair and equitable decision by the NCAA.
  Why is there such a push to have Masoli on the field this season? A) He's a quarterback at Ole Miss, and the Rebels are very thin at the position, and, more importantly, B) he's a quarterback with potential Heisman Trophy talent. If Masoli were a great student on a fast track to a solid entry-level job with a Fortune 500 company and had been slapped with such penalties, no one would bat an eye about him. But he's a cog in a multimillion-dollar machine called American college football, so lots of folks (most of them Ole Miss fans) are jumping up and down and asking for justice for the poor guy. How noble.
  I have problems with two people in this drama, Houston Nutt and Masoli. Nutt had rejected Masoli's request to come to Ole Miss once, then when the number of scholarship QBs in the system got too low, Houston found forgiveness in his heart and was only too ready to give a guy a second chance. (And, of course, you can't spell second chance without the letters SEC.) I find fault with Masoli because he's Mr. Alibi. Roust a kid in high school for some money? Jeremiah says he was only in the same car, and it's not his fault. Be coming down the stairs at an Oregon frat house at the same time as another UO player who is ripping off stuff from the residents? Unlucky happenstance, Jeremiah says, and it isn't his fault. The fact he pleaded guilty in the frat house case? Jeremiah was afraid of being convicted in court and being sent to jail, but, again, that guilty plea wasn't really an admission of guilt. Get stopped while driving in Eugene and there is marijuana found in your car? Hey, officer, it isn't my pot, and it's not my fault. Any of us who have raised teenagers find big holes in that "Masoli logic." Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me four times and you can call me an Ole Miss Rebel.
 Ole Miss fans, wait for Masoli in 2011. He will be there ... if he really has a great interest in parks and recreation graduate studies and doesn't get himself into a situation where alibis are called for.



Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:06 pm
 

Nutt says Ole Miss blindsided by NCAA ruling

In 1978, then Arkansas head coach, Lou Holtz, suspended four of his best players from the Orange Bowl game against heavily favored Oklahoma.  After being repeatedly badgered by media to site the specific rules violated by the players, Holtz replied, "They violated the 'do right' rule".

It is a shame that a coach, manager or even an association like the NCAA can't apply the "do right" rule, in a situation such as this which obviously calls for it, without someone mentioning a "slam dunk lawsuit."

Masoli is a bad actor.  He is a thug and a punk.  How many rules violations do you think a potential Heisman Trophy candidate has to log in order to be kicked out of a D1 football program?  Nutt talks about second chances.  We're talking third, fourth and probably fifth chances.  To allow him to transfer, after being kicked off another team, without sitting out a year, would violate every common sense principle involved in the transfer rules.

If he or Ole Miss file a lawsuit, they'd better hope I'm not on the jury.



Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2010 11:33 am
 

Nutt says Ole Miss blindsided by NCAA ruling

Masoli met all the legal requirements.  However, in the NCAA ruling, they stated that the transfer exception cited in Masoli's case is intended for students pursuing new academic study, not avoiding disciplinary punishments.

Is he interested in being a P&R official after football? No. He picked the major after he found a coach willing to take him.

Did he enroll at Ole Miss for the sole reason of playing football? No question

Have other players done the exact same thing? Absolutely

Is the NCAA interpreting the rule differently for Masoli because they think he's a thug? They said as much in their Press Release


Which is why Masoli potentially has a slam dunk lawsuit on the NCAA.  They put a rule in place in black and white, only to use their own subjective rationale on how the rule should be applied.  Masoli exploited a loophole.  But he did it legally and the NCAA should not be able to adjust on the fly to suit their ideals.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 9:15 am
 

NCAA is being inconsistent

The rule is that a player with eligibility remaining can enroll in another school and play football immediately if they complete their undergraduate program and then enroll in a graduate program that is not offered by their former school. Apparently Parks & Recreation isn't offered at Oregon.

Masoli met all the legal requirements.  However, in the NCAA ruling, they stated that the transfer exception cited in Masoli's case is intended for students pursuing new academic study, not avoiding disciplinary punishments.

Is he interested in being a P&R official after football? No. He picked the major after he found a coach willing to take him.

Did he enroll at Ole Miss for the sole reason of playing football? No question

Have other players done the exact same thing? Absolutely

Is the NCAA interpreting the rule differently for Masoli because they think he's a thug? They said as much in their Press Release

Will the appeal win? Very doubtful.



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 5:51 am
 

Nutt says Ole Miss blindsided by NCAA ruling

The compliance official is a moron. Masoli wasn't kick out of school at Oregon: he was just kicked off of the football team. There's a substantial difference, there.


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Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:38 pm
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