national champs baby
I wonder how this is affecting choices of Derrick Green, others...
Highlighted in this week's somewhat abbreviated edition:
- Ole Miss/Houston Nutt
- Ron Zook
- Texas A&M
This will probably end up on mgolicious, but anyways, I present, by way of Fearless Leader, the first This Week In Schadenfreude of the new season:
Jeremiah Masoli will walk on at Ole Miss and will be eligible to play this year.
[Jeremiah] Masoli visited the Oxford, Miss., campus this weekend, and Rebels coach Houston Nutt offered Masoli a place on the team, which is down to two scholarship quarterbacks after backup Raymond Cotton decided earlier this month to transfer. Masoli, from Daly City, Calif., will be a walk-on because the Rebels already have reached the NCAA's 85-scholarship limit. He is eligible to play immediately because of an NCAA rule that allows players who have obtained bachelor's degrees to transfer to schools that offer graduate programs their current schools don't offer. Masoli graduated from Oregon this month with a degree in sociology. Pending approval of his transcript, Masoli will enroll in the Parks and Recreation master's program at Ole Miss, and he will compete with redshirt sophomore Nathan Stanley for the starting job when practice begins Aug. 8.
"I'm excited to get another chance," Masoli said on Sunday. "I'm so grateful and thankful."
@Andy_Staples Masoli on being a walk-on: "Scholarship or not, they're going to get some criticism for taking me."
@Andy_Staples Nutt on Masoli: "I felt like he needed us a whole lot more than we needed him. He'll be under the highest of scrutiny."
Peyton Manning was interviewed on NPR this morning with Eli and Archie to plug the children's book they wrote together. The host asked Peyton why he decided against going to Ole Miss after his father played there.
Peyton's answer paraphrased:
Oh, I don't know. I almost went to Ole Miss; I was ready to go there. My problem was that you had to just choose one school. I would've loved to go to Ole Miss for a couple of years, then go to the University of Michigan for a couple of years, then go to Tennessee.
Maybe a Heisman would've been behind Door No. 2, Peyton.
does anyone else think ole miss is overrated going into the season? does anyone know why they are so high in the countdowns (#5 SN, #8 rivals) and the preseason poll (#10 AP)?
maybe it is just because of jevan snead, or maybe it is due to the fact that they signed enough guys in their 2009 recruiting class to fill 1500 CHEM, but i don't think the rebels have been any good since 1962.