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Oregon suspends quarterback Jeremiah Masoli for the 2010 season

March 12, 2010 |  3:41 pm


Judgment day came for two of the country's top college football players.

Oregon Coach Chip Kelly on Friday suspended Jeremiah Masoli for the 2010 season after the junior quarterback pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary charges.

Kelly also suspended LaMichael James for next year's opener after the star tailback pleaded down to a misdemeanor charge of harassment in a domestic dispute case involving his former girlfriend.

Masoli and James were co-MVPs on Oregon's Pacific 10 Conference championship squad last season

Kelly announced his decision on and did not take questions. He apologized for having to hold the news conference.

"This is not what our football program is all about," Kelly said.

Kelly led Oregon to the conference title in his first season as coach but, in his very first game, had to deal with running back LaGarrette Blount's now infamous punching of a Boise State player. Kelly suspended Blount indefinitely but reinstated him after eight games.

More to come.

Photo: Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli arrives with teammates for the Rose Bowl game against Ohio State. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel / US Presswire