Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has been suspended for the upcoming season by coach Chip Kelly after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary in the theft of a pair of laptops and a guitar from a campus fraternity.
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Running back LaMichael James has been suspended for the season opener after he pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an altercation with his former girlfriend.
Placekicker Rob Beard was also suspended for the opener by Kelly after pleading guilty last week to a misdemeanor harassment charge for his role in a street fight that left him seriously injured.
Kelly says Masoli will remain on scholarship and may use a redshirt for the 2010 season.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction have made the Ducks 12/1 to win the 2011 BCS National Championship, but after Masoli’s suspension those odds figure to go up dramatically. Oregon will certainly be a heavy long shot once the odds are updated.
Posted: 3/14/10 5:47PM ET