Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was suspended Friday for the upcoming season by coach Chip Kelly after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary in the theft of a pair of laptops and a guitar from a campus fraternity.
Masoli, who had been mentioned as a potential Heisman candidate, will remain on scholarship with the Ducks.
"He does have a redshirt season available to him if he chooses to do that," Kelly said.
Kelly announced the suspension just hours after Masoli appeared in Lane County Circuit Court to answer to the burglary charge.
Kelly, who has come under fire for some of his disciplinary decisions, also meted out punishment for running back LaMichael James and placekicker Rob Beard.
"I am extremely disappointed anytime any of our players fall short of our expectations that have been clearly outlined for them in advance on numerous occasions, and this is especially true regarding their roles within the community," Kelly said. "Their accountability for their actions is paramount and any tainting of the reputation of the University of Oregon and this football program will not be tolerated."
Masoli pleaded guilty as part of a deal that reduced his charge from a felony to a misdemeanor. Former Ducks receiver Garrett Embry pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree burglary as well.
First of all, what a dumbass.
Second of all, there is talk that this was too harsh of a punishment. The guy committed second degree burglary and is lucky that he isn't doing jail time considering the fact that early reports was that he was threatening people at the fraternity house.
This isn't Masoli's first run in with law. Back in 2005 he pleaded guilty to a string of armed robbery as a 17 year old and was in juvi for three months.
It's amazing how many players get second chances and just piss it away.