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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Masoli booted after another arrest

By Ted Miller

Jeremiah Masoli's career at Oregon is over.

Already serving a season-long suspension for his involvement in a fraternity house burglary in January, Masoli was kicked off the football team Wednesday, two days after he was cited by police on charges of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and failure to stop at a driveway or a sidewalk, according to the Eugene Register-Guard.

Jeremiah Masoli
Jeremiah Masoli has been kicked off of the Oregon football team.
In a news release, the school said Masoli was kicked off the team for "failure to adhere to obligations previously outlined by head football coach Chip Kelly."

Just think: A few months ago, Masoli was a Heisman Trophy candidate and the quarterback of a national title contender. Even after he pleaded guilty in the fraternity incident -- after initially lying to Kelly and police -- he still had an opportunity to come back in 2011 and try to win his old job back and redeem himself.

But he blew it. Times two. One word: Stupid.

Now he's got one year of eligibility left as he tries to find a program that is desperate enough to take him.

Of course, the glass-a-quarter-full side of this is worth noting: It might be better for Oregon to not have to deal with the controversy that would surround Masoli in the future. Reporters have been eager to talk to Masoli since his suspension, and that would have been an issue throughout the 2010 season. The same thing heading into 2011, when his return would have been a national story.

Further, if sophomore Darron Thomas ends up winning the starting QB job over senior Nate Costa, Masoli's absence averts a potential QB controversy in 2011, though you should know Kelly would have been perfectly content to have a talent stockpile and intense competition at the position before the season.

Masoli? Curious to see where -- and how -- he lands. Or if he becomes a shadowy "whatever happened to him?" figure in the future.

He led Oregon to 20 wins over the past two seasons and a Rose Bowl. You can't erase what he did on the football field. But as the years go by, Masoli's name is more likely to conjure up memories of his off-field woes than his spectacular management of the Ducks' spread-option offense.

And that is truly sad. And a cautionary tale for all college athletes.