Some interesting reports coming out of Eugene. Apparently Masoli is among couple of players accused of stealing MacBooks. From OregonLive:
EUGENE - The Eugene Police Department confirmed this morning that its officers are investigating an alleged theft, and the student who filed the report has told The Oregonian that the men he accuses in it are University of Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and wide receiver Garrett Embry.
Fraternity member Max Wolfard filed a police report alleging that the players took two MacBook Pro computers - one valued at $2,000, the other at $1,500 - and a $900 guitar from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house at 812 E. 14th Ave. in Eugene early Sunday.
This morning Oregon athletic department spokesman Dave Williford said that the university would have no comment on the matter. Through Williford, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said he would have no comment "unless there's further substantiation." The Oregonian went to athletic director Mike Bellotti's house in Eugene late Sunday and, through his wife, Colleen, he also had no comment.
Oregon kicker Rob Beard was in critical condition Sunday after he was involved in a brawl on campus a day earlier.
Beard, a redshirt freshman, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend just after midnight Saturday night after he lost consciousness during a fight that involved at least 20 people, according to a Eugene Police Department spokesperson.
After a verbal altercation, the fight became physical, according to the police report, and Beard stepped in to help fellow kicker Mike Bowlin. Beard was kicked in the head by several people and suffered multiple facial fractures.
That really sucks. Hope Beard recovers soon.
Don't think we can draw any kind of conclusion from these stories. I thought Chip Kelley handled the Blount situation really well. However, it will be interesting to see how his reign turns out over next 3-4 years. Remember Dennis Erickson in Miami also won NC with Jimmy Johnson's recruits. Larry Coker did well with Butch Davis' recruits.
Even Neuheisel detractors will point out how he shined immediately with McCartney's recruits in Colorado and rode the athleticism of Marques Tuiasosopo (Don James recruit) to the Rose Bowl with Washington. Although we have had debates on whether he really left those programs in as bad shape as many clamor considering both of those programs hired very mediocre to awful successors.
Anyway, things are definitely getting a little interesting in Eugene less than
just two weeks days before signing day. We will have to see how it unfolds for them both in the short term and in the coming years under Kelly.
UPDATE (N): I think it's important to note that neither Masoli nor Embry is considered suspect in this case at least according to this report. GO BRUINS.
UPDATE II (N): This story is getting very cloudy and ugly (with racial overtones). From Deadspin:
So we have football players who will likely be accused of getting special treatment from administrators and campus police; frat boys who might be getting special treatment from the school newspaper; plus two minority celebrities being accused of a crime in a lily white town. Oh, and right about the same time on Sunday morning, the team's freshman place kicker was beaten within an inch of his life in a unrelated incident. It should be a fun spring semester up there.
Full details here. Not a pretty picture. GO BRUINS.