Ok, I know Oregon fans are more than tired of hearing about their Rose Bowl-turned-Frat Stealing-turned (?) -Pot Smoking former quarterback, but if the latest reports hold any water (laptops?), we might be able to add more thing to that list.
Rumor has it that Jeremiah Masoli is leaning toward transferring to Western Athletic Conference doormat, and former Gulf States Conference powerhouse, Louisiana Tech.
Monroe, La. television station KNOE-TV reported late last night that the former UO signal caller “visited the campus this past weekend and is also looking at Mississippi State.”
Of course, Masoli would have to sit out this season due to transfer rules, and even then would have to raise his grades to qualify academically. Who knew La Tech’s admission requirements were tougher than the University of Oregon’s? (Oh wait, this is just for athletes, so never mind.)
If he does qualify, he still “has a couple of hurdles to clear in the justice system”. (Well punned, KNOE-TV). Masoli could redshirt in 2010 and be able to play one season in 2011.
Although you might think the Bulldogs are a step down football-wise from the Ducks, if history tells us anything, his chances of becoming an NFL Super Bowl-winning quarterback have jumped significantly. La Tech’s QB alumni have collectively won more rings than Oregon’s — of course they’re all from one player: Terry Bradshaw.
But in all seriousness, this move shouldn’t be a surprise or come as big news to anybody. Masoli’s best career path is still football — unless he’s been his affinity for quantum physics — and this gives him a chance to remain in Division 1, play well, turn some heads, and then enter the NFL Draft (while he searches for an apartment in the greater Winnipeg area, you know, just in case the NFL doesn’t work out).
I’m tired of hearing about him and you probably are too, but it’s news, and it’s June, and there isn’t much else.
What do you make of this?