It doesn't get much worse for Ducks fans at this point.
The offseason woes have been tough enough as is (see a list at the bottom), but now the two stars of the Ducks' offense go down. This is getting ridiculous.
Jeremiah Masoli and Garrett Embry (who was kicked off the team) were both arrested involving a robbery that took place some months ago at a party, where someone claimed he saw Masoli and Embry taking off with his stuff.
A lot of people disparaged the notion of their involvement, and it almost appeared as though it would blow over...but now it's time for me to bring out my "I Told You So" banner.
Masoli is now being arraigned on felony burglary charges.
LaMichael James, after a long investigation, has finally pleaded guilty. Again...I told you so. Anyone who thought he didn't do it was in denial.
James was arrested for fourth degree assault and menacing against his on-campus girlfriend. He's pleaded guilty, so James is more than likely done for. When he gets sent to jail, he will lose his scholarship, obviously meaning he's off the football team.
Bring on Lache Seastrunk! While James was amazing, strictly from a fan's viewpoint, I would shrug it off. We'll be just fine.
But Jeremiah Masoli? He was on Heisman watch, for god's sake. It still amazes me how such great athletes held in such high esteem can do things so trivial and stupid. I get that they're imperfect and everything, but come on! You're a leader! A star! And now they throw all that away.
John Canzano (who I don't particularly like after his rage against Chip Kelly during an interview...and his constant bashing afterwards) stated, "Bring on the Darron Thomas era already."
As much as I hate to admit it, he's right. Masoli is also more than likely done for, and that means Thomas will have to step it up. Honestly, I'm looking at the glass half-full here folks.
Canzano brought out some interesting points. Ducks fans should be pulling for the people that deserve to be there—the ones who display qualities that make them deserving of starting roles and high praise.
Enter Darron Thomas.
He definitely has shown he's ready to be a starter...I just didn't want it to be so soon. However, I have confidence in him. Thomas displayed great ability against Boise State last year, and he's been praised by teammates in training.
While some think it's all doom and gloom, I think positive. The schedule is relatively easy next season as far as out of conference games go. USC isn't top-notch by any means, Jake Locker is still a one-man band, and now Toby Gerhart is gone.
I think the major competitors will be USC, Oregon State, and then Washington. If Oregon doesn't get cocky, an undefeated season is still very possible.
Yes, even with Thomas. He's ready.
Believe me, it hurts to say it...but it's time to move on from Masoli and James. They're done.
Oregon's "offseason" woes to date
1. Garrett Embry: Kicked off team.
2. Kiko Alonso: DUII, suspended for 2010.
3. Rob Beard: Harassment charges involving a girl and a big fight.
4. Jamere Holland: Academic "troubles," Facebook comments involving Alonso—he was also kicked off the team.
5. Matt Sims: Harassment as well—kicked off the team.
6. LaMichael James: Assault and menacing—awaiting fate from Chip Kelly.
7. Jeremiah Masoli: "Felony burglary" charges. Also awaiting fate.