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Masoli Gets a Second Chance

Right or not, Masoli has been given a second chance

After pleading guilty to felony burglary chargers and later marijuana possession and a traffic citation, Jeremiah Masoli was dismissed from Oregon’s football team, who are the reigning Pac-10 Champions.

But now Masoli has been given a second chance as Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt has put his job and reputation on the line to give his a shot at the starting Quarterback job as a walk-on.

Since he has already graduated from Oregon, and has enrolled at Mississippi’s graduate school’s parks and recreation management program, a program that Oregon does not offer, he will be allowed to play immediately.

There is no question that Masoli has a lot of ability. While his off the field issues will probably cause him to not be a contender for the Heisman trophy, his talent would put him as a legitimate contender, and possible front-runner for the award. With the loss of Jevan Snead and Raymond Cotton, Masoli is probably going end up being the starter for the Rebels. His combination of speed and athleticism makes him a perfect fit for the Rebels’ offense, and his experience and talent put him far above any other player on the roster.

But should Masoli even get another chance? He’s young, and while he did commit felonies, neither are something that has cross the point of no return. Players have done worse and come back to play, but as long as no N.C.A.A. rules have been broken, which none have since the N.C.A.A. were the ones that ruled him eligible, there shouldn’t be a problem with him coming back, unless you truly believe he does not deserve a second chance.

Masoli passed for 2,147 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 668 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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