NCAA rules Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli won't be eligible until 2011

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

OXFORD, MS (WLOX) - Unless Ole Miss can win an appeal from the NCAA, the Rebels will be without quarterback Jeremiah Masoli for Saturdays season opener against Jacksonville State.

The NCAA ruled that Masoli won't become eligible until the 2011 season, denying Masoli's request for a waiver that would have allowed the quarterback to play immediately for the Rebels.

Ole Miss has appealed the NCAA waiver decision and it will now be reviewed by an NCAA subcommittee.  A response could be expected as early as Friday but no later than one week.

Masoli was kicked off the Oregon football team after running into trouble with police.

Coach Houston Nutt met with Masoli and he enrolled in Mississippi's Parks and Recreation graduate program.  He had already completed his undergraduate degree at Oregon.

Nutt announced on Monday that Nathan Stanley would get the starting call at quarterback for Saturdays Jacksonville State game.

Two weeks ago I met with Pro and College Football analyst Mike Detillier who got a first hand look at Masoli during a practice session a couple of weeks ago in Oxford.  He said if Masoli is ruled eligible, he would become an instant impact player.

Detillier said, "Oh he looks real good.  He was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. What makes you think he's not going to start at Ole Miss this year. He's got a lot of skills."

He added,"One thing about him is, he can run any offense. He can run the option. He can throw off the edge. He can throw drop back. He's a young man with tremendous skills."

Detillier said if he gets the green light he must stay away from any controversy, "Now he's got to understand that he cannot put himself in an awkward situation. But Jeremiah Masoli is going to be an impact player in the SEC, big-time. He's got a lot of skills."

He went on to say that Masoli could turn the Rebels into a surprise team in the SEC.

Masoli's debut has now been put on hold by the NCAA and the Rebels won-loss record will be affected if Ole Miss loses the appeal.

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