A new school has emerged as a potential landing spot for embattled former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli: Ole Miss. Head coach Houston Nutt confirmed to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal that Masoli had sent his release papers to Ole Miss, which would be the first step in transferring to the school.
Ole Miss would be an ideal fit for Masoli because he conceivably step right around the field as the starter. Indeed, Ole Miss has a dearth of experienced quarterbacks after Jevan Snead's ill-considered decision to declare for the NFL Draft, and redshirt freshman Raymond Cotton chose to leave the school last Saturday. Nutt told reporters that he was "checking all avenues" with Masoli and that the team was in a "real bind" after Cotton left.
Masoli has also been connected with UNLV and Hawaii, after the NCAA ruled that he could play immediately next season -- without having to sit-out a year as transfers usually have to -- as long as he took a graduate course not offered by Oregon. Masoli's tenure with the Ducks ended, of course, after he plead guilty to a second-degree burglary charge after being caught stealing laptops on campus, and later getting caught with an ounce of marijuana during a traffic stop.