Today was the big day: Judgement day, for Jeremiah Masoli and LaMichael James, as well as kicker Rob Beard.
Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and ex-receiver Garrett Embry pleaded guilty to second degree burglary recently. No surprises there, or with their punishment.
Embry was already kicked off the team, and now Masoli is suspended for one year. He has a redshirt season available, so he'll take it no doubt.
Personally, I think he got off easy. Call me harsh, but come on! He has a record, broke Chip's number one rule, and committed a felony. I would've kicked him off the team...but maybe that's why I'm not a coach.
It certainly wasn't unreasonable though, and this just boosts my respect for Kelly. He stated, "I apologize to our fans and to the faculty at the University of Oregon, this is not what we're all about."
He also said their actions would not be tolerated, and that he as a coach was extremely disappointed.
As for LaMichael James—he was in a big mess. His ex-girlfriend accused him of some pretty nasty accusations...things that don't go over well at all in Oregon.
However, they reached some sort of agreement, and most of the charges were dropped. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge. Chip Kelly suspended him one game, and I think he got it right.
It was a he-said-she-said thing, and because there were no witnesses, no one really knows what happened. So a one game suspension seemed in order. LaMichael James certainly doesn't seem like the guy to do the sort of things he was accused of, though.
Rob Beard was another player who was punished today. He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge involving a huge fight in which Beard had seemed innocent at first.
I wouldn't have suspended Beard personally. I think, although there are claims of harassment, he ended up being more of the victim there (he was put into extensive care at a hospital after being beat up). But there's nothing wrong with a one game suspension.
Now can we all please see the wisdom in Chip Kelly?
He waited, gathered all the facts, waited for the hearing, then made his judgements.
Everyone (I'm talking to you Jon Canzano) who hated on how he did things needs to shut up now. He handled things the right way, and hopefully the team will simmer down after this.
I mean hey, look on the bright side—if we follow the pattern of teams like Florida, doesn't that mean we're going to start winning national championships?