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Another headline may be getting added to the list of SEC offseason storylines-
Jeremiah Masoli is in Oxford MS talking to coach Nutt and could be a Rebel next year, and he would be able to play this season. Ole Miss is his top choice followed by Hawaii and LA Tech, but apparently he scratched Hawaii off. There is a lot of debate amongst Ole Miss fans whether this should happen, everyone knows he would make the team better but it would come at a cost to our reputation most likely.
After taking Jamar Hornsby, you don't have a reputation to uphold.
Yeah that was a few days ago, this Masoli thing is directly related to that. Cotton was bitching because we sent Nathan Stanley to the Manning Passing Academy instead of him so he left against the word of what everyone told him including his parents. He is a great talent but this was a very dumb move.
Sniper, I don't know what to tell you...Hornsby was talented but I didn't want him. The fact that he never even suited up because he got arrested again made us look even shittier. I wouldn't say we have no reputation, we are not the only school that has shown a lack of a moral compass at times, but the Hornsby thing was just stupid. We really didn't even need him, but as bad as taking Masoli would be from a morality standpoint he would be a great addition for the team. We would go from having no QB to a guy who many considered to be a Heisman candidate, I really don't like the idea of adding another guy like this but from a pure football perspective it makes sense.
Masoli at Ole Miss, wow. First Newton at Auburn, and now this. The SEC is becoming the home to many good scrambling QB's.
WELCOME TO OLE MISS, MR. <new transferring QB's name here>
They should give Masoli Jevon Snead's old uni no. & locker. Call it the Official Ole Miss Transferee QB locker, maybe put an airline ticket or some out of state license plates attached to the Confederate Battle Flag on it.
Kind of like Mustain's becoming Mallett's at Arkansas :-).
Not going to make a thread yet because it is not official, but Masoli to Ole Miss is supposedly a go. It should be official by tomorrow. Huge, huge gamble by Nutt that should draw a lot of criticism but if it works out it will be huge for the team. As an Ole Miss fan, I want to see us win games but a lot of people including many Rebel fans are not OK with this and I can understand why. From a football standpoint this is as good as it gets for Ole Miss but adding a guy with a history like Masoli's is very questionable.
Did Kiffin leave that revolving door in Knoxville?
Bryce Brown leaves as he lived at Tennessee: Without a word
By Matt Hinton
Not that many Tennessee fans were still holding out hope for Bryce Brown's return after the former blue-chip recruiting coup abruptly left the team before the start of spring practice. But for those few still holding out hope that Brown's continued presence on campus would lead to a moment of epiphany with a full choir singing hosannas to ol' Rocky Top inside his confused, 19-year-old head, Tuesday was the day the music died. From the Knoxville News Sentinenl:
Running back Bryce Brown has left the University of Tennessee without leaving any closure behind.
"Bryce left town without a face-to-face request (with UT coach Derek Dooley) for a transfer," a school official told the News Sentinel on Tuesday evening. "There's still no news on where he wants to go." [...]
"I said (earlier) that I was open to Bryce coming back on the condition that he wanted to unpack his bags and put his heart into this program," Dooley said. "I fully expect Bryce not to be on our team.
"The reason it has continued on is because Bryce has not come to me, looked me in the eye and said I want a release to so-and-so school. At some point, that's got to happen."
It has to be said that skipping town with only a text message in your wake is a very Bryce Brown thing to do. Whatever was playing in his head, it never seemed to be "Rocky Top." Besides the hype that inevitably comes being the No. 1-ranked prospect in the nation, the story of his recruitment last year was always less about where he wanted to go to school than the sheer weirdness of his personal situation. He is the only five-star recruit from Kansas who went on fasts, delayed his decision until months after signing day despite finishing high school early enough to have been a spring enrollee, and agreed to be fronted by an obese former rapper who at one point considered sending Brown straight to the CFL without going to college at all. (Turns out the money north of the border wasn't good enough.) His arrival in Knoxville last August was accompanied by a recruiting probe that put his eligibility at risk less than a week into practices. And because he had no personal presence whatsoever in the media (other than a press conference to announce his signing with UT, I'm not aware that Brown has given an interview or made a public statement of any variety in the last two years), there is no solid evidence that he ever really wanted to be at Tennessee or anywhere else.
Without anyone explicitly saying so, it's a good bet that Brown never wanted to leave Kansas in the first place. His older brother, Arthur, followed a similar trajectory, shipping out for two unremarkable seasons in Miami before transferring home to Kansas State in March. Bryce is likely to follow that prodigal path, if he can find the initiative and/or nerve to actually secure his release from Tennessee.
At least there's no mistaking the enthusiasm of Tauren Poole, the Vols' new, unquestioned starter at tailback in Brown's absence:
Most observers seemed to think Poole deserved to be the top backup to senior Montario Hardesy last year, but was stuck behind Brown because of a recruiting promise – or at least some kind of vague, egotistical loyalty to "his guys" – by then-coach Lane Kiffin. They're not going to break out the torches and pitchforks or anything, but Vol partisans are probably about as misty over Brown's departure as they were over Kiffin's in January. At this point, just wanting to be in Knoxville counts for an awful lot.
The Brown brothers have definitely been headline-makers. Bryce looked like a potential future AA at times as a freshman, he definitely has a ton of talent. Arthur was a guy everyone thought would be a beast right out of HS but he didn't do anything, maybe a change of scenery will help them both.