USC defenses haven't particularly enjoyed playing against dual-threat quarterbacks such as Oregon's Jeremiah Masoli in past years. Ell Roberson, Bryan Randall, and Jake Locker, are just a few names who have given the Trojans fits. However, Masoli may be the most aggravating of the bunch.
Last season, Masoli threw for 222 yards and 1 touchdown and ran for 164 yards and a touchdown in handing the Trojans their worst loss since 1997. To make matters even more frustrating, the 47 points scored by the Ducks were the most points ever allowed by a Pete Carroll-coached defense in a single game. But fortunately for new defensive coordinators Monte Kiffin and Ed Orgeron, it doesn't appear as if USC will be facing Masoli anytime soon. Masoli, who has already been suspended for the entire 2010 season by head coach Chip Kelly for his involvement in a burglary at a fraternity house in Eugene, ran into some more trouble over the week as reported The Register-Guard:
Suspended University of Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is again in trouble with the law after a Springfield police officer stopped his vehicle and cited him Monday night 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.
Masoli is scheduled to appear in Springfield Municipal Court on June 24, a court spokeswoman said.
Masoli, 21, was suspended for the upcoming season in March after he pleaded guilty in Lane County Circuit Court to breaking into a fraternity house.
A UO athletic department spokesman had no immediate comment on Masoli's latest brush with the law when contacted this morning.
With this latest run-in, there is already a significant portion of the Oregon fanbase and media calling for Kelly to dismiss Masoli from the team. Kelly would certainly be justified in doing so. He has given this guy several opportunities to turn his behavior around, yet it doesn't seem as if he's learning anything. I'd be shocked if he wasn't reprimanded in some form or another. Personally, I wouldn't mind not ever seeing this guy on the field again for very obvious reasons.
Update #1: It's official. Masoli has been dismissed from the team. Per FOXSports.com:
Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has been kicked off the team after news of a recent arrest, the school announced Wednesday.
The school said Masoli was dismissed "for a failure to adhere to obligations previously outlined by head football coach Chip Kelly."
Some people just don't get it.