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Friday, May 29, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller looks at a recent informal poll of Pac-10 coaches who voted 6-4 against the current round-robin scheduling format.

"When the schedule went from 11 to 12 games, it seemed like the logical thing to do," said Jim Muldoon, the Pac-10's associate commissioner for communications.

A funny thing happened on the way to a logical, equitable decision: No other conference followed suit. And it benefited them.

Even with one marquee nonconference game, most Pac-10 teams could schedule their way to a 3-1 or even a 4-0 start, which is what nearly every other BCS team does.

It's the new strategic paradigm. It's the strategy of the BCS, which is about smart scheduling and public perception.

The whole thing kind of backfired in my opinion. It was supposed to make the Pac-10 look stronger in the eyes of the BCS. Sometimes the extra "W" in the win column outweighs who you played.

• More of the same for Nick Reed now that he has reached the NFL in this Seattle PI story.

He begins his journey with the Seahawks as a decided underdog despite being a two-time All-American at Oregon.

"I understand that," he said. "It's never going to be easy for me, but that's how it's always been."

They called him the Tasmanian Devil at Oregon because of his relentless style of play. But the devilish Duck is taking on stronger competition now in his initial foray into professional football.

Persevere Nick, that's what you do best.


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