Jeremiah Masoli could've been considered one of the greatest Ducks quarterbacks ever. He could've been ranked among the likes of Dan Fouts and Dennis Dixon.
But as any Ducks fan knows, Masoli got the boot earlier this year. His first offense was second degree burglary, then lying about it to cover it up...which obviously didn't work.
Chip Kelly suspended Masoli from the football team for the 2010 season, which would mean he could've played his senior year in 2011. However those dreams ended near the end of June when Masoli was busted for marijuana possession and violating traffic laws.
This was the final straw as Masoli was completely kicked off the Oregon team.
The general consensus was that he would declare eligibility for the NFL supplamentary draft...which he didn't do. So that brings us to know, where Masoli is a "free agent" in the big bad world of college sports with three options left.
1) He stays at the FBS level, sits out 2010
Jeremiah Masoli could decide to transfer to another school and sit out the 2010 year, which the NCAA has determined is his punishment. This is what he was originally going to have to do at Oregon, and will have to do at any other school in the FBS or FCS as well. (Unless he is granted a waiver, as discussed here).
This may seem like the easiest way to go, but you can't expect many teams to want to take him on.
2) He switches to a Division II school, plays 2010
As long as Masoli doesn't want to have to get benched next year and isn't granted a waiver, the only way he gets to play is by transfering down to a DII school. This isn't FCS schools we're talking about...I mean Central Arkansas, Central Missouri, Grand Valley State, University of DC, etc.
These are little tiny schools with little promise. Masoli will most likely be a star player, and never get noticed by the NFL.
3) He stays in the FBS; plays 2010
Again this is dependant on the fact that other schools will be willing to take the risk of bringing on such a risk.
However I do think option three is the best one for Masoli, and if he is granted the waiver, I think there are a few schools out who would be willing to accept Masoli.
Here's my top three choices.
1) Louisiana Tech
The Bulldogs have been listed as the frontrunner for quite a while; ever since Masoli visited Ruston back in June.
According to the UO Sports Dude, new head coach Sunny Dykes and Jeremiah Masoli are a match made in heaven. And I must say, I'm inclined to agree.
The Bulldogs have only won one bowl game since 1984, and are considered the crap-of-the-WAC. If Masoli transfers here and turns things around, he would be hailed a hero at LaTech and most likely be given a shot in the NFL.
See, Sonny Dykes is all too familiar with Jeremiah Masoli after serving as the offensive coordinator for Arizona over the past three seasons. Dykes is an option offense expert, a playbook under which Masoli excelled at while at Oregon.
If the NCAA doesn't grant Masoli a waiver, Masoli can still transfer and go through with option one. Sitting out 2010 means he starts play in 2011...the same year Boise State switches over to the Mountain West opening up the door for other teams to take control like say...Louisiana Tech!
If he wants to play in 2010 however, he'll have to enter a graduate program offered at LaTech, not offered at Oregon.
2) Texas Tech
Surprisingly Texas Tech looks like the best option for Masoli right now.
The graduate programs offered at Texas Tech vary from those offered at the University of Oregon, so there's no problem there. And who knows...Masoli may have a thing for law school.
The Red Raiders also operate a spread option offense similar to that at Oregon. With new head coach Tommy Tubberville there's expected to be a lot more run play in the option, Masoli's specialty.
Both leading quarterbacks for Texas Tech graduate after 2010. That leaves the door wide open for Masoli if he sits next year. 2011 would look pretty dandy for 'em if Masoli takes over at quarterback after both Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield are gone.
3) Appalachian State
The third and final option is FCS powerhouse Appalachian State.
They've dominated the FCS for the past several years, and won three consecutive national championships from 2005-2007.
They do this under...you guessed it, a spread option offense. The Mountaineers also just lost their starting quarterback. Even though DeAndre Presley is posed to take over, you have to believe they'd be inclined to pick Masoli as the starter if he transfers.
As with the other two options, graduate programs at ASU differ from those at Oregon.
I think Masoli would do well in the App State program, and could lead them to another FCS national championship.
The real question? Is Appalachian State willing to take the risk?
In the big picture, Masoli isn't done yet. His future isn't totally wasted. Yes, he busted a LeGarrette Blount and probably ruined his NFL career. Yes, the state of Oregon as a whole hates Masoli right now.
That being said, with the three options available to him, I think we'll be seeing Masoli suit up for one of the three teams listed next year.
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