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NCAA denies Masoli's waiver to play

Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli transferred from Oregon this summer.
Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli transferred from Oregon this summer.
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OXFORD, Miss. (AP)

The NCAA has denied Mississippi quarterback Jeremiah Masoli's request for a waiver that would allow him to play immediately, meaning the former Oregon standout won't be eligible until next year.

Mississippi officials announced Tuesday plans to the appeal the ruling, with a response expected in less than one week.

''I'm just shocked and disappointed,'' Masoli said. ''I've done everything I can to follow the rules.''

Mississippi athletic director Pete Boone said the decision was ''subjective'' and expected a successful appeal.

''There is no question in my mind Jeremiah is in the right place,'' Mississippi coach Houston Nutt said. ''We're in the people-helping business. I want to plead with that subcommittee. He's done nothing but what he's supposed to do.''

Masoli transferred to Mississippi after being kicked off Oregon's team following two run-ins with police.

He pleaded guilty in a January theft at a fraternity house and was suspended for the entire 2010 season by Oregon coach Chip Kelly. Then in June he was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession and kicked off the squad.

The senior already had completed his undergraduate degree at Oregon, and enrolled in Mississippi's Parks and Recreation graduate program. The NCAA will sometimes waive a one-year residency requirement for athletes who are transferring, but enrolling in a graduate program not offered at the previous school.

Masoli was expected to compete for the starting spot at Mississippi after leading Oregon to the Rose Bowl last season. Now the Rebels are down to two scholarship quarterbacks: sophomore Nathan Stanley, who is the likely starter, and junior college transfer Randall Mackey.

Stanley played in five games last season, completing 11 of 23 passes for 163 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Masoli's loss is a big blow for the Rebels, who open the season Saturday against Jacksonville State in Oxford.

Masoli has not used his redshirt season, so he'll be allowed to practice while sitting out this fall and be eligible for competition in 2011. But he hopes that's not necessary.

''I'm very hopeful the NCAA will do the right thing in my case,'' Masoli said. ''I still have faith.''

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