Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:04 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
- South Carolina senior cornerback Chris Culliver was cleared to play Thursday evening against Georiga on Saturday, according to multiple sources. Culliver was held out of the Gamecocks opener against Southern Miss while the NCAA was investigating an insurance policy he had taken out to protect his draft status in the event of an injury. Culliver and head coach Steve Spurrier both suggested earlier in the week the cornerback would be suiting up against the Bulldogs, and now it appears official. This is great news for the Gamecocks especially on the heels of Georiga wide receiver A.J. Green receiving his suspension, which will keep him out three more games. South Carolina is still missing tight end Weslye Saunders and left tackle Jarriel King as the NCAA continues to look at King's extended and discounted stay at The Whitney Hotel in downtown Columbia to determine if he still owes rent. There have been no recent updates on Saunders' status.
- Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt announced that one player has been dismissed from the team, and another has been suspended, both for "violation of team rules." Junior offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson has been dismissed from the Rebels football team while sophomore linebacker Brandon Sanders has been suspended indefinitely. Johnson started five games in his career, including in the Rebels season-opening loss to Jacksonville State. Sanders recorded seven tackles in 11 games in 2009, and appeared in the opener but did not record a tackle.
No specifics have been given regarding the cause of the suspension, but it is interesting that head coach Houston Nutt is so quick to dismiss and suspend players for violating team rules. Nutt's tone is unbelievably forgiving when it comes to Oregon transfer Jeremiah Masoli, but he is quick to bring down punishment on other players. This sentiment has been shared by many Rebels fans, who are questioning the double standard Nutt is holding to his football program.
Posted on: September 4, 2010 5:52 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
A lot can happen in one week.
No one can attest that more than Ole Miss and their newest quarterback Jeremiah Masoli . In the last week the Oregon transfer gone from awaiting a waiver from the NCAA in order to play, been denied the waiver, successfully appealed the waiver, and on Saturday took the field for the first time in a Rebels uniform.
At halftime, Masoli has completed all 3 of his pass attempts for 59 yards and run 3 times for 20 yards. Pretty crazy that it was just a couple of days ago Masoli was looking at the possibility of having to sit out the entire season. Masoli received the waiver because the graduate program he enrolled in at Ole Miss was not available at Oregon.
Even more impressive than Masoli's presence on the field has been the play of starting quarterback Nathan Stanley. Stanley threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions and looked sharp and comfortable under center. Head coach Houston Nutt has to be pleased knowing that he has two strong options at quarterback. Jeremiah Masoli proved last year that his presence on the field can change the game, and I expect he will be utilized more and more as the season progresses.
Posted on: September 3, 2010 3:58 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Reversing a decision made just two days ago, the NCAA just announced this afternoon that Jeremiah Masoli may, in fact, play for the Ole Miss Rebels, starting tomorrow. Here's the text of the NCAA's decision:
University of Mississippi football student-athlete Jeremiah Masoli may compete immediately, according to a decision today by the NCAA Division I Subcommittee for Legislative Relief. The subcommittee’s decision overturns the staff decision to grant the graduate student transfer waiver with the condition that Masoli could not compete until the 2011-12 academic year.
According to NCAA rules, created by member schools, football graduate student-athletes must receive a waiver in order to compete if they enroll at a university other than where they received their undergraduate degree.
Every NCAA waiver process includes a staff decision first and an opportunity for the school to appeal that decision to an independent committee. This group is comprised of representatives of NCAA member schools and conferences. Throughout both stages of the waiver process, the case is reviewed and evaluated based on the specific facts of that particular case, as disclosed during the review process. In this case, the staff, subcommittee and school all acknowledged the complexity of the waiver request.
The NCAA staff received the waiver request from Ole Miss on Aug. 13 and received the final piece of information from the school on the evening of Aug. 30. After considering that final piece of information, the NCAA staff issued its decision the morning of Aug. 31. The appeal decision was given three days later.
This largely procedural explanation is in relative contrast to the denial from earlier this week, which stated that the intent of the waiver was not to allow an opportunity for athletes to avoid disciplinary action at their initial school.
While that argument isn't inherently incorrect, it's a non sequitur, one that should have prompted an easy response from Ole Miss' lawyers, something like "Would you mind showing me where, in the waiver's guidelines, we might find that 'intent' or 'spirit'?" Clearly, it's not there, because Masoli's going to be playing tomorrow.
Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:20 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:34 pm
Earlier today, we mentioned that Houston Nutt and Ole Miss were still awaiting word on the eligibility of embattled Oregon transfer QB Jeremiah Masoli; Masoli had filed a waiver with the NCAA that would allow him to play football right away, on account of his new graduate school major being unavailable at Oregon.
The good news is that the ruling on Masoli came well in advance of Ole Miss's first game. The bad news--well, you've seen the headline, you already know the bad news:
Jeremiah Masoli has had his waiver to play football for #olemiss in 2010 denied. Ole Miss will appeal
That's from Oxford Enterprise sports editor Ty Allushuski, and that's also bad, bad news for Masoli; he doesn't have a year of eligibility left, so unless Ole Miss's appeal is successful (unlikely), Masoli's college football career is now over.
No word yet from the NCAA as to what, specifically, they objected to with Masoli's waiver; while the entire situation seemed to be a pretty naked attempt to get back on the football field, it looked as if Masoli had jumped through all the requisite hoops. Hence, we suppose, the impending appeal.
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:13 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:40 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
When Rebels fans file into the Grove on Saturday to prepare for the season opener against Jacksonville State, there is one thing they can expect at quarterback: Nathan Stanley.
The 6-5 sophomore from Sequoyah, OK is listed as the starter on Ole Miss' depth chart heading into the game, and will likely be the first man to take the reigns of the Rebels' offense since the departure of Jevan Snead.
But it's one of his backups that has been getting all the attention since his arrival in Oxford.
Oregon transfer Jeremiah Masoli awaits word from the NCAA on whether he will be granted a waiver to bypass the NCAA's one year requirement for transfer students. Head coach Houston Nutt is trying his best to be optimistic.
"I wish I could feel as good as [Jacksonville State coach Jack Crowe] does about it," said the Rebels coach. "I truly don't know."
"I'm expecting (a decision) either today, tomorrow or the next day at the latest," said Nutt, whose team hosts Jacksonville State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Masoli is expected to be granted the waiver because the graduate program he has enrolled in was not available at Oregon. if he is made available, there is no doubt he will have a chance to make an impact right away. Say what you will about his off-field troubles, but Houston Nutt would be more than happy to have Masoli's 15 passing and 13 rushing touchdowns from 2009 on this years' squad.
Nutt currently has Masoli and junior Randall Mackey both listed as second on the depth chart. All three quarterbacks have been sharing snaps during camp, but most of the snaps this week will be split between Stanley and Snead.
"I just know the clock is ticking and it's game week," said Nutt. "I have a guy who has played (Masoli) and two guys that haven't, so I have to get them ready."
If Masoli suits up, I expect Nutt will utilize the quarterback tandem that is becoming more and more popular in today's game. If so, fans in Oxford should get ready when they see No. 8 on the field.