Nutt has no interest in bringing Masoli to Ole Miss

You can scratch Jeremiah Masoli off of your wish list Ole Miss fans. The former Oregon quarterback will not be coming to Oxford despite a report of his interest in the SEC school.

When the Clarion Ledger’s David Brandt asked Houston Nutt via text message if the Rebels head coach was pursuing the former Duck, he replied with a simple “No.”

So that’s that. However, with the news from Steve Andress of KEZI News that Masoli did indeed finish his studies at Oregon — making him eligible to enroll in a grad program at another school and be available to play in the fall — the intrigue turns to where Masoli will land in 2010.

Of course, he still could redshirt, which may be the avenue some coaches would want him to take as we approach the opening of fall camps in August. He also must still be granted a waiver by the NCAA.

As I mentioned less than two weeks ago, Masoli reportedly visited with Louisiana Tech and new head coach Sonny Dykes to discuss playing for the Bulldogs. Dykes is very familiar with Masoli after serving as Arizona’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past three seasons.

Masoli excelled in the spread-option, although he is more run-oriented than most quarterbacks in Dykes’ pass-happy scheme. But with road games at Texas A&M and Boise State in 2010, would Dykes roll the dice on bringing in the ’09 All-Pac-10 second teamer knowing that — despite it being so late in the summer — Masoli brings a winning pedigree to the table?

It remains to be seen, but it may be more likely that a team with a void under center in 2011 would be willing to bring him in — if he is open to the idea of sitting out a full season.

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