"There's nothing like good news," Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said. "There's nothing like having two more good teammates in a very difficult conference. There's nothing like it. And especially with Kentrell Lockett. We were really concerened about him, his heart. That's nothing to play with.
"This is just great news. It lifts us."
The subcommittee's decision overturns the staff decision to grant the graduate student transfer waiver with the condition that Masoli could not compete until the 2011-12 academic year.
"He was just ecstatic," Nutt said. "He was basically in tears talking to his mom. Just so excited."
"I thought you could hear me scream all the way back to Pascagoula."
According to sources, Ole Miss Director of Athletics Pete Boone was instrumental in the process, laying out a very compelling argument for the former Oregon quarterback.
Those indications are consistent with Boone's stance Tuesday, when he called the NCAA's intial ruling "subjective" and "not weighted toward the best interest and opportunity of the student-athlete, Jeremiah Masoli."
"We would like to thank the NCAA staff and subcommittee for approaching this case and all of its details with diligence and fairness," said Boone.
Earlier in the week, Nutt announced on The Dan Patrick Show that Masoli would have been the starting quarterback Saturday if he had been ruled eligible.
Sophomore Nathan Stanley, the current starter, and junior Randall Mackey have taken all the snaps with the first team offense this week in practice.
"He won't start," Nutt said. "We're going to start Nathan Stanley. He deserves to start."
Asked Thursday if he would play Masoli if granted a favorable ruling by Friday, Nutt wasn't sure. Now he'll be afforded the luxury.
"I can't put the number of plays on it, I just know he's going to play," Nutt said of Masoli. "I just don't know how many plays. We're going to let that take care of itself. Again, he hasn't practiced much the last couple of days. But he's practiced all the way up until this point, really. So he'll get to play."
Ole Miss didn't show immediate interest in Masoli until late-July, when redshirt freshman Raymond Cotton opted to transfer to South Alabama. In need of a third quarterback, Nutt began researching the possibility of adding the former Oregon quarterback, who isn't far removed from leading the Ducks to the Rose Bowl.
Masoli has practiced with the team since preseason camp opened in August, splitting first-team repetitions with Stanley and Mackey. Nutt has said he will implement a two-quarterback system this season, with Masoli presumed to pair with Stanley.
"The one thing about Jeremiah, because of his experience and the work we were able to give him, he's practiced on what we've been doing. He'll be ready to go," Nutt said.
"He has a goal. He wants his name clean."