Oregon Ducks Suspend Jeremiah Masoli For Entire 2010 College Football Season

March 15th, 2010 – By John Ritter

The Pac-10 looks to be headed for a shake-up.

A day after LaMichael James and Jeremiah Masoli both appeared in court to plead guilty on criminal charges, both players were suspended by the Oregon football team on Saturday.

James, who pled guilty to charges of harassment, will sit out the first game of the season, while Masoli will be banned for a year for his role in theft.

The pair, who led the Ducks to their first Rose Bowl in over a decade, will remain on scholarship.

Masoli will be a senior, but has redshirt eligibility to use if he chooses. Oregon was a 12/1 favorite to win the National Championship next season, according to College Football Betting Lines at Bodog online sportsbook. In addition, Masoli looked to be a Heisman candidate.

“I am extremely disappointed anytime any of our players fall short of our expectations that have been clearly outlined for them in advance on numerous occasions, and this is especially true regarding their roles within the community,” head coach Chip Kelly told ESPN. “Their accountability for their actions is paramount and any tainting of the reputation of the University of Oregon and this football program will not be tolerated.”

Both pled down from more serious charges, and will receive community service and probation. James, however, was also sentenced to 10 days in jail, although it is unknown if he will actually complete that sentence due to overcrowding in the jail.

He was accused of choking and assaulting a former girlfriend in January, and charged with strangulation and menacing, among others.

Masoli was charged with felony theft, but pled down to misdemeanor. Both he and teammate Garrett Embry were accused of stealing two Macbook Pro laptops and a guitar from a party at a campus fraternity house.

They received 12 months probation, 140 hours community service and will pay $5,000 in restitution.

Masoli threw for nearly 2,200 yards and rushed for another 668 last season en route to delivering Oregon with a Pac-10 title. His best performance came in the second-to-last game when he scored six times to beat Arizona 44-41.

The team went on to play Ohio State in their first Rose Bowl game since 1995.

Since then, it’s been nothing but trouble for the Ducks’ program, where seven players have been arrested or charged for criminal activity.

Kelly also suspended running back LeGarrette Blount for most of the year after brawling with opponents after the season-opener against Boise State.

“I am confident that Coach Kelly has carefully and fairly considered the disciplinary actions he is imposing,” Lariviere said. “I know that he understands the high expectations of Oregon’s faculty, students and fans.”

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One Response to “Oregon Ducks Suspend Jeremiah Masoli For Entire 2010 College Football Season”
  1. Oregon 1947 Says:

    Is the DA holding Masoli for California? His latest actions are a violation of his probation in California. Will he be going back to California to do his time? Does his probation in Oregon start when his probation in California ends?

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