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« on: November 04, 2009, 11:48:11 AM »

Jeremiah Masoli’s biggest fan praying for his safety each game day

As grandmother to University of Oregon starting quarterback Jeremiah T. Masoli — the fourth Samoan starting quarterback in the Pac-10 this season — LBJ surgical ward nurse Papali'itele Litara Alaimo makes sure everyone knows where her heart is on game days.

The other Samoan starting quarterbacks in the Pac-10 are: Lyle Moevao for Oregon State, Tavita Pritchard for Stanford University and Willie Tuitama for Arizona University.

“Every Saturday, I dress up for game day, I put on my green and yellow Ducks gear...I go shopping, I go in my car and everybody asks ‘oh Litara, what are you doing?’,” Papali'itele told Samoa News. “And I tell them ‘my grandson’s playing today’.”

Since Masoli — 5’11”, 214 lbs. — was placed on the UO Ducks (6-2, 4-1 Pac-10) roster — currently ranked No. 23 in college football — this has been the weekly ritual of Papali'itele even before her grandson became starting quarterback.

Masoli led City College of San Francisco to the junior college national championship, under coach George Rush, in 2007 while throwing for 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns, reports the AP. He is rated a five-star junior college recruit by and transferred to OU in June 2008.

Masoli was named among the Pac-10 players of the week this Monday, said

According to Oregon newspaper The Register Guard, just this week, UO football head coach Mike Bellotti “spoke as definitively as ever” about the status of Masoli, a 20-year old sophomore.

The Oregon newspaper said Bellotti had been hesitant to declare Masoli the outright starter over Justin Roper in recent weeks but on Tuesday said during a Pac-10 teleconference, “I think you could say he’s the man, yeah” and “what he’s done is nothing is short of amazing,” regarding Masoli’s rapid development.

“Masoli is, the coach notes, the greenest quarterback on the roster in terms of time on campus,” said the Register Guard.

Bellotti describes Masoli as bright, motivated, confident, intelligent, explosive.

Jeremiah is the second of four children of Kennedy and Linda Masoli of San Francisco. Linda is the daughter of Papali'itele and the late Bill Alaimo. Jeremiah was last in American Samoa in 1994 for his grandfather Bill’s funeral, said Papali'itele.

He is a 2006 graduate of St. Louis in Hawaii and just turned 20 on Aug. 24 this year. He has not declared a major yet.

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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2010, 02:57:56 PM »

How unfortunate, he is a super player!

Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli kicked off team

Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, the community college transfer who arrived in Eugene as a fifth-stringer and blossomed into the star who led Oregon to its first Rose Bowl appearance in 15 years, was kicked off the Ducks team Wednesday after derailing his college career with a second legal incident in six months.

According to Sgt. Tom Borchers, Masoli was stopped by Springfield police at 9:17 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Kruse Way and Hutton Street after exiting a driveway without stopping. Upon inspection, the officer cited Masoli for possesion of one ounce or less of marijuana and driving with a suspended license in addition to failure to stop.

Although the traffic-stop charges are non-criminal and carry only fines if he is convicted, it was not immediately clear how they could affect the year-long probation Masoli began serving after in March to a second-degree burglary charge. That case, in which a felony was bargained down to a misdemeanor, stemmed from Masoli and former wide receiver Garrett Embry stealing laptop computers and other items from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house in Eugene on Jan. 24.

On March 12, hours after Masoli admitted his guilt in the burglary, head coach Chip Kelly suspended the would-be Heisman Trophy candidate for the 2010 season.

Multiple calls on Wednesday to Alex Gardner, the Lane County district attorney who prosecuted the burglary case, and John Kim, Masoli's attorney in the burglary case, were not returned.

Calls to the Masoli family also were not returned. The athletic department has kept Masoli off-limits to the media since the burglary news broke in January.

On Wednesday, after news of the marijuana arrest emerged, the Ducks announced Masoli had been dismissed from the team for "failure to adhere to obligations previously outlined" by Kelly.

"He knew what he had at stake," Kelly told The Oregonian. "We set parameters for him and it was up to him to make sure that he followed through.

"We had a plan in place, he had an opportunity to come back in 2011 and he failed to do the things that he needed to do."

Borchers, the Springfield police sergeant, said there was another person in the car with Masoli when it was stopped Monday. The police log from that night misspells that passenger's name but lists the correct birthdate for Darron Thomas, the sophomore quarterback who is competing with Nate Costa to succeed Masoli as the starter.

Asked about Thomas' involvement, Kelly stressed that Thomas, as police concur, has not been charged with anything.

Masoli led Oregon to 10-3 records each of the past two seasons and its first Rose Bowl appearance in 15 years in 2009. He was selected a second-team all-league choice by the Pacific-10 Conference coaches last season after completing 177 of 305 passes for 15 touchdowns and six interceptions, in addition to running for 668 yards and 13 scores.

The San Francisco native finishes his Oregon career as the school's all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks (1,386 yards) and ninth on the program's career total offense chart (5,277 yards).

UO athletic department spokesman David Williford said Masoli's dismissal from the team as the academic year concludes means his scholarship is no longer active. Should he transfer to another program, Masoli will have one season of eligibility remaining.

Before possibly playing football for another program, however, he's scheduled to appear in Springfield municipal court at 8 a.m. June 24. He can avoid that court date if he choses to pay the fines in advance.

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2010, 07:50:55 AM »

Ex-Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli gets a second chance at Mississippi

Jeremiah Masoli says he will play football for the University of Mississippi this fall, as the Rebels appear poised to take a chance on a talented quarterback whose career has been marred by recent off-the-field issues.

"I am very excited about this opportunity and very thankful Ole Miss is giving me this chance," Masoli wrote on his personal website. "I really want to thank Coach (Houston) Nutt for believing in me."

Nutt said he stressed to Masoli that he would be under the "highest scrutiny."

"The rules are going to be different for him," Nutt said. "I told him I have zero tolerance. I have a hairtrigger. I know he knows I will pull the trigger so fast."

Though he's announced his intention to come to Oxford, there are still a few steps remaining before he is cleared to play his senior season.

He has applied to enter the Parks and Recreation graduate program at Ole Miss, but hasn't been accepted as of Sunday evening. The NCAA also has to waive a one-year residency requirement, which is usually granted if the athlete chooses a graduate program not offered at his previous school.

He is expected to join the Rebels as a walk-on because there is not a scholarship currently available.

Nutt said he's certainly ready to leave the past week of drama behind and begin practice on Sunday.

"We're ready to stop talking about things and get this thing started," Nutt said. "We've got a lot to get accomplished before our first game."

Masoli, who flew back to California after his weekend visit, is expected to be back on campus later this week. Newcomers report on Friday while veterans return on Saturday.

The Rebels open their season against Jacksonville State University on Sept. 4 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The San Francisco native will almost certainly help the Rebels on the field, giving the team a dynamic 5-foot-11, 220-pound playmaker who should fit well into Nutt's offensive system. He passed for 3,891 yards and rushed for 1,386 more during his two years with Oregon, accounting for 51 total touchdowns.

But there's a reason he was looking for a new home to use his final year of eligibility: He was kicked off Oregon's team in June after two run-ins with police.

The first was in March, when he pleaded guilty to a second-degree burglary charge after an incident that included stolen laptops from a fraternity house in Eugene, Ore. Then in June, he was cited for driving with a suspended license and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Several layers of Ole Miss' administration had to approve Masoli's recruitment, including athletic director Pete Boone and university chancellor Dr. Dan Jones.

"I got eyes on me for taking a thug, that's what people are saying.," Nutt said he told Masoli. "You've got to be able to handle it and be a positive kid."

The Rebels started pursuing Masoli in earnest more than a week ago after redshirt freshman quarterback Raymond Cotton announced he was transferring.

That left Ole Miss with just two scholarship quarterbacks — sophomore Nathan Stanley and junior college transfer Randall Mackey. Masoli is expected to immediately compete for the starting job.

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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2010, 12:32:21 PM »

We'll get to see Willie Tuitama in person on Sept. 3, when Arizona travels to the U of Toledo.
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