The Pendleton Panther

Oregon Suspends Masoli and James

Posted on: March 13, 2010

Masoli and James were both suspended for their actions.

Oregon football coach Chip Kelly announced on Friday that quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has been suspended for the entire upcoming season after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary. He stole a pair of laptops and a guitar from a campus fraternity. Masoli, a potential Heisman candidate, threw for 2,147 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. He also rushed for 668 yards and 13 touchdowns. He will remain on scholarship and will have the option of red-shirting. Kelly also announced that star running back LaMichael James would be suspended for the season-opener versus New Mexico. James pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge and was sentenced to 10 days in jail on Friday. However, James will not serve jail time due to overcrowding and because his offense was relatively minor. James set a Pac-10 freshman record with more than 1,500 yards rushing last season. He took over the starting job last season after LeGarrette Blount was suspended for punching a Boise State player.

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