The NCAA has said no to Jeremiah Masoli's request for a waiver that would allow him to quarterback the Ole Miss Rebels this season. The school has already appealed the ruling, but if the appeal fails he would have to wait until the 2011 season to take the field with Houston Nutt's squad. The NCAA explained their interpretation of the rule, as well as the situation, was that it was to help student athletes who transfer for academic reasons, not because a player faced discipline issues at his former institution. Masoli claims he was at Ole Miss to take graduate studies in a field that Oregon, his former school, did not offer. My take on the situation is that the guy couldn't play out his last year of eligibility for the Ducks because he had been kicked off the team. He ended up in Oxford because Nutt and his staff "recruited" him there. The choice of graduate studies probably isn't even relevant here. In this case, it's all about football, for both Masoli and Nutt. Nothing more, nothing less.. You know, if it looks like a Duck, waddles like a Duck, and quacks like a Duck, it must be a Duck. Now try it while substituting 'Nutt' for 'Duck'. There you have it.