One of the front-runners for next season’s Heisman Trophy might have derailed his college career before stepping on the field for his senior season.
Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and former Ducks teammate Garrett Embry both pleaded guilty to misdemeanor second degree burglary charges this afternoon, a shocking twist to the charges that were leveled against the pair earlier this week. Both Ducks players were originally rumored to be suspects, but reports in the days following the incident seemed to contradict themselves, and Oregon fans have held their breath for the past 45 days since.
The guilty plea for Masoli puts the heat squarely on Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who has been under fire for his disciplinary record since taking over for former coach Mike Belotti, now the Oregon athletic director. He’ll be expected to level serious discipline on his two best players, possibly having to kick them off the team to completely quell the growing noise from his critics.
Adding to the problems for Masoli is the fact that he was expelled in high school and spent time in juvenile hall for a series of minor robberies during his prep career, incidents that prove the January burglary wasn’t just one incredibly stupid decision, but a pattern of behavior.
With USC’s strangle on Pac-10 dominance finally coming to an end, it’s been amazing to watch the Ducks, last year’s Rose Bowl participant and the front-runner for next season, self-destruct in two short months.