The NCAA is beginning to release a slew of eligibility rulings this afternoon. First and foremost, Colonel Reb is crying as usual, and suddenly Oxford is probably hoping for late December in Shreveport:
The NCAA has denied Mississippi quarterback Jeremiah Masoli's request for a waiver that would allow him to play immediately, meaning he won't be eligible until 2011.
The school has announced plans to the appeal the ruling, with a response expected in less than a week.
Personally, Ole Miss can cry me a river. Masoli may have met the pure transfer requirements, but it's hard to bemoan the NCAA for not signing off on him. His decision to come to Oxford had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with academics. He got kicked out of Oregon, and in doing so he was just using Ole Miss as an audition for the 2011 NFL Draft. All the junk about finding another graduate program was just mere pretext to meet the raw requirements to get eligible; I'd be surprised if he was even registered for more than six hours this semester (the minimum required to be academically eligible to play in a bowl game). No sympathy for him, Ole Miss, or Houston Nutt, whose decision here was clearly driven by football considerations only.
Meanwhile, the NCAA cleared Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter after investigating an online class (and no I don't know how in the hell this case differs from Alfy Hill):
Tennessee freshman receiver Justin Hunter had been one of the Vols' top playmakers on the practice field and in scrimmages this preseason.
But when he was pulled off the practice field more than a week ago because of a question about an online class he took in high school, the Vols started to get nervous.
In any event, the point of the matter is that the NCAA is starting to really churn out a lot of eligibility rulings. With the college football season opener a mere 48 hours away, expect more to come in the near future, and I imagine we hear something definitive on Marcell Dareus soon.