Jeremiah Masoli Ruling Overturned: Ole Miss QB Eligible to Play

Kevin OberdingContributor ISeptember 3, 2010

EUGENE,OR - NOVEMBER 14: Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli #8 of the Oregon Ducks looks for some running room in the third quarter of the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Autzen Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon Defeated arizona State 44-21. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Amongst a day of troubling news for the likes of the UNC Tar Heels and Alabama Crimson Tide, the Rebels of Ole Miss got some good news from the NCAA.

In fact, they may have gotten themselves a starting quarterback.

A mere three days after the original ruling, the NCAA has decided to overturn the decision to deny former Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli a transfer request.

What does this mean for the Rebels?

A season after Mississippi saw its former Heisman candidate QB Jevan Snead struggle to a 4-4 record in conference play, the Rebels hope the magic returns with their newest QB this season. Masoli brings his 2,800 yards and 28 total touchdowns from the Ducks last season to a Mississippi team that hasn’t seen those kinds of numbers since one Eli Manning.

The question now remains: Does Masoli start?

All signs point to yes. Though coach Houston Nutt has yet to name a starter, one wonders why Mississippi officials would push an appeal to the NCAA so hard without plans for the troubled QB to be under center Week 1.

“He’s done nothing but what he’s supposed to do,” said Coach Nutt.

What the QB needs to do now is return to his winning ways on the field. With immediate eligibility granted to Masoli today, it is not extremely out of the question to expect the former Heisman hopeful to be back in the discussion come December.

Masoli, who has been running a West Coast offense system since high school, will see a new look in the SEC. Although many, including myself, don’t condone Masoli’s actions at Oregon, I am looking forward to seeing what the quarterback can do against the speed from the likes of LSU, Auburn, and Alabama.