Degree in hand, Masoli is now free to move about the country

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The question is, will the former Oregon standout find a Div. 1-A destination that will allow him to land or will he be diverted to 1-AA — or lower?

A Eugene television station reported late last weekend that Jeremiah Masoli has completed his course work, thus earning his undergraduate degree from Oregon.  Technically speaking, because he received his degree, Masoli will be allowed to transfer to any Div. 1-A school in the country and not sit out a season, provided he enrolls in a graduate program not offered at Oregon.

Realistically speaking, the legal baggage Masoli travels with will make it difficult if not nearly impossible to find a suitor for his talents.

Rumors of Masoli’s interest in Mississippi State late last month fizzled before they ever really left the ground; Masoli also reportedly had an interest in Hawaii, but, through a mutual decision, that school decided the quarterback would not be joining the Warriors.

There was then speculation earlier this week that Masoli had his eyes on Ole Miss, but Houston Nutt shot down that rumor with a one-word backhand.

The latest round of Masoli rumor mongering comes courtesy of Scout.com‘s Oregon website, which reports that the whispers they are hearing has Masoli possibly headed for UNLV to play for the Running Rebels this season.

Of course, there’s always Louisiana Tech as an option.  Masoli reportedly visited the Bulldogs campus last month, a report that has yet to be denied by the school as far as we can tell.

Regardless of what transpires, it’s sobering to realize that, with less than three weeks to go before the start of summer camps, Masoli is searching for someone, anyone that would have him as opposed to gearing up for a run at both the Heisman and another Pac-10 title.

What a sad, sorry waste of God-given ability.

WVU RB Donaldson in concussion protocol, out for Baylor game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week’s home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.

“He’s recovering,” Brown said. “There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”

Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.

Taulia Tagovailoa says he visited brother, Tua, over weekend

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was able to visit his brother, Tua, last weekend after the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State, he said Tuesday in his first comments to reporters since Tua left the Miami Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati last Thursday with a frightening head injury.

Taulia played in Maryland’s win over Michigan State on Saturday but was not made available to the media afterward. He said Tuesday he was able to go to Florida and spend some time with his brother, who suffered a concussion four days after taking a hit in another game but was cleared to return.

“He’s doing good, everything’s fine,” he said. “My biggest thing was just seeing him and spending as much time as I can with him. I came back Sunday night.”

Tagovailoa said he appreciates the support for his brother.

“My brother’s my heart. He’s someone I look up to, someone I talk to every day,” he said. “It was just a hard scene for me to see that.”

Tagovailoa said he was in constant contact with his mother about his brother’s situation, and he was finally able to talk to Tua on Friday night.

“I really just wanted to go there and just spend time with my family, hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia Tagovailoa said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us, and he’d rather watch me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and getting back to my normal routine.”

Tagovailoa indicated that his brother’s injury didn’t make him too nervous about his own health when he took the field again.

“I guess when that happens to someone like my brother, or when anything happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think of how it will be able to affect me,” he said. “I just think of: `Is he OK? How’s he doing?”‘

Although it was a short visit to Florida, he said he and Tua made the most of their chance to be together.

“I just wanted to make sure he’s healthy and stuff, which he is,” Taulia Tagovailoa said.