Former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has expressed interest in transferring to Hawaii, according to a report by Honolulu's KHON-TV.
Sports director Kanoa Leahey based his report on "sources close to Masoli." As a senior, Masoli was quarterback of Honolulu's St. Louis High.
Hawaii has not extended an offer to Masoli, who has several hurdles to clear before resuming his playing career.
He pleaded guilty in March to second-degree burglary and was put on a year's probation. In early June, he was cited for failure to stop, driving with a suspended license and possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. He was dismissed from the Oregon team on June 7 and is due in court on Sept. 3 to answer the latest charges.
The Lane County district attorney could argue that Masoli violated terms of his probation, or the player could work out a plea deal beforehand, possibly freeing him to play this fall. If Masoli were to get a favorable plea deal, he would still need a waiver from the NCAA to play this fall. Otherwise he would have to sit out 2010 before regaining his final season of eligibility in 2011.
Hawaii opens at home against USC on Sept. 2. Masoli had a huge game last season against the Trojans, passing for 222 yards and a touchdown and running for 164 yards and another score in Oregon's 47-20 victory at Eugene.
Masoli has also been linked to another Western Athletic Conference team. He visited Louisiana Tech last month. The Bulldogs are coached by Sonny Dykes, who is entering his first season as coach after spending the previous three years at Arizona, where he was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Thanks to Image of Sport.