OXFORD, MS (WLOX) - The move was made after Raymond Cotton decided to quit the team leaving Ole Miss with sophomore Nate Stanley and junior college transfer Randall Mackey. Cotton later enrolled at South Alabama.
Masoli visited the Ole Miss campus over the weekend and accepted the offer to walk-on and vie for playing time this season. He can play immediately under NCAA rules and is enrolling in graduate school, the Parks and Recreation Management program.
Masoli was kicked off the Oregon football team by head coach Chip Kelly after twice getting into trouble with the law in six months.
The 5 foot 11, 220 pounder started two years for the Ducks and passed for 2,147 yards last season with 15 touchdowns. Masoli also can run with the football. He added 668 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in 2009.
He's an exceptional athlete and hopefully he won't get into any trouble in Oxford.
Is a good move or bad move?
College football coaches keep their jobs depending on the number of wins and no doubt coach Nutt feels like he'll have a better shot at winning football games with Masoli on his football team.
Two years ago LSU head coach Les Miles cut gifted quarterback Ryan Perriloux and in those two years the Tigers posted 18 wins and 9 losses. For a number of universities that won-loss record is acceptable. At LSU Miles is now on the hot seat. Football fans in Baton Rouge got spoiled after Nick Saban won the 2003 National Championship and Miles won it all in 2007.
Give Miles credit for making a stand, a stand he felt would benefit his team in the long run. Perriloux was given many chances in Baton Rouge and his luck ran out when coach Miles had enough of the "off-field" problems.
At Oregon Masoli also was given second chances and he finally struck out.
Enter Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt. He decided to take a stand, one he believes will help his 2010 Rebels win football games this year. He wants to keep the streak of winning seasons and winning bowl games alive. Would he have a better shot of accomplishing those goals with two inexperienced quarterbacks or with a proven quarterback who would have been a Heisman Trophy candidate at Oregon if he didn't get in trouble?
Coach Nutt chose Masoli, the quarterback with experience and talent. His presence behind center should help Ole Miss notch more games under the win column using his God-given talent to propel the Rebels offense into the end zone.
I'm sure coach Nutt will assign someone to watch every move Masoli will make on and off the football field. If Masoli stays out of trouble and helps Ole Miss "Win"any negative comments being made... now, will fade.