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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Reruns

With the lack of any substantial new Duck football news I thought I would continue my recap of the 2009 season.

After eking out a win over Utah, the Ducks found their rhythm in the opening Pac-10 game by completely dominating Cal, 42-3. It was just a prelude to a remarkable season.


Amelia's 2nd Birthday Party

Here is one of the photos from yesterday's party. It was Miss Amelia's 2nd birthday. You can see the rest over at my Flickr photostream.

The highlight was the unveiling of her new bedroom. Chuck and Suzi converted their "office" into a darling new bedroom for Amelia. The kids even have their own television and DVD player to watch their favorite movies on.

Good times!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller has his Oregon spring preview ready to watch. He leaves the off-field issues aside and looks at two of his concerns for the Ducks. The defensive line because of so many former players graduating and the down field passing game.

Miller says that if Masoli and the wide receivers could get on the same page Oregon's offense could be "practically unstoppable."

Rob Moseley reports that the NCAA has granted a waiver request submitted by Oregon to allow LaMichael James to live with life skills counselor James Harris.

James is expected to pay “reasonable rent” while living with Harris, and he must continue to make an effort to find a suitable alternate residence that meets with the court’s and the NCAA’s approval.


Friday, February 26, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

SI's Stewart Mandel defends Chip Kelly in this story. Here is a snippet from the article.

The weekend's events, on top of all those incidents before them, prompted a slew of predictable, alarmist columns, most of which shared a common sentiment: That Kelly has lost control of his team.

I seriously doubt that.

College athletes get into trouble. It's unfortunate, but true. Oregon has experienced an unusually high amount of incidents in a short amount of time, but it's hardly unique.

Oregon AD Mike Bellotti sticks up for his head coach in a radio interview with Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore on 710 ESPN Seattle.

The Sporting News' Russ Lande gives his thoughts on what LeGarrette Blount needs to prove at the NFL Combine.

While Blount is still considered a third- to fifth-round pick right now, a strong Combine performance could make teams consider him for the second round.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

If you have been following the Kelly - Canzano discussion then you need to read what John Canzano has to say in the aftermath of the debate. Good stuff and props to Canzano for writing the "rest of the story" when he clearly didn't have to.

Ted Miller has his own thoughts on the Kelly - Canzano interview.

Ken Goe says we need to keep things in perspective when it comes to the recent spate of off-field incidents. Here is a quote from Goe:

Contentions that coach Chip Kelly has lost control of his program, or that he has a double-standard approach to discipline or that the UO football team has unleashed some sort of reign of terror in Eugene are hyperbolic and unsupportable.

Rob Moseley has a feature story on Walter Thurmond's activities at the NFL Combine being held in Indianapolis.

Still limited by the knee injury that cost him most of his senior season at Oregon, Thurmond will stick to interviews with NFL personnel and a medical examination during the Combine, which begins today.

Good luck Walter.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Following ESPN's OTL show yesterday, John Canzano had Chip Kelly on his radio show, The Bald Faced Truth. You can listen to their sometimes heated discussion here.

One of the main points Canzano doesn't like is the appearance of a double standard when it comes to discipline. George Schroeder believes in Chip Kelly but also says that perceptions do matter.

Ted Miller reports that former Oregon athletic director, Bill Moos, has been hired and will hold the same position at Washington St.

Andy Mac crunches some numbers and finds that "watching the Ducks play at Autzen Stadium was the toughest ticket in the conference, if not the country."


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Outside the Lines - Video

First up is the Chip Kelly segment.

And here is the response from John Canzano of the Oregonian:

Video courtesy of ESPN.

My personal opinion? Canzano is a DB, and I don't mean defensive back.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley reports that the U of O Athletic department released a statement from Chip Kelly yesterday stating LB Kiko Alonso was suspended for the entire 2010 season.

Kelly added that specific details regarding Alonso’s involvement within the program during the suspension are still being formulated, but that the suspension would definitely exclude the Los Gatos, Calif., redshirt freshman from playing in any games during the entire 2010 season.

There were a couple of snags for LaMichael James in court yesterday. His lawyers wanted to change the release agreement to allow James to attend classes. Jack Moran of the R-G has the story.

Lane County Circuit Judge Charles Zennaché opted against changing the deal to permit James to attend classes, because his accuser also goes to the UO.

The judge also refused to allow James to live temporarily in the home of former UO women’s basketball coach Bev Smith, since she resides near campus. Smith volunteered to house James after the NCAA objected to him living with a UO Athletic Department official.

Not looking very promising for James.

If you aren't doing anything at noon today you can tune into ESPN to watch John Canzano on Outside the Lines. Canzano will be talking about the recent discipline problems at Oregon.

I would have to agree with Addicted to Quack, he is the very last person ESPN should be talking to, Rob Moseley would have been great. ATQ has the phone number or URL for voicing your opinion on the interview.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller reports that senior WR Jamere Holland was dismissed from the team yesterday.

Chip Kelly hinted when he announced Holland's dismissal that it was related to a Facebook post from Holland's public Facebook page.

In his post, Holland mistakenly concluded Alonso had been kicked off the team and blasted the move as unfair and damaging to the Ducks.

Looks like the soap opera continues.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Just 14 hours after Chip Kelly addressed the media on the rash of recent incidents another Duck gets into trouble.

Sophomore linebacker Kiko Alonso was cited for DUII.

The arrest was made at 2:19 a.m. in front of the 7-Eleven convenience store at 590 E. Broadway, not far from the UO campus. Alonso also was cited on charges of driving while uninsured, minor in possession of alcohol, improper turn and failure to maintain a lane.

Alonso was taken to the city police station, cited and released, police spokeswoman Melinda Kletzok said.

George Schroeder wrote this story for yesterday's paper with the headline; "Will Ducks get Kelly’s message?" He wrote the piece before knowing of the Alonso incident. Later yesterday he satirically answered his own question, "apparently not," in this blog post.

U of O President, Richard Lariviere, released a statement yesterday saying he has complete faith that Mike Bellotti and Chip Kelly will restore sportsmanship and integrity to the football program.

There was one item yesterday that had nothing to do with all the troubles. Bob Rickert says the Ducks are still recruiting Kenbrell Thompkins.

Thompkins was the number one rated JC wide receiver in the nation last year. Standing 6' 2" and weighing 185lbs., he brings the ability to be physical, run tight routes, good hands and toughness on the outside. He's got a little bit of James Finley, and a little bit of Demetrius Williams in his game.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller has a lengthy story on what to watch for in the Pac-10 this spring. Here is what he has to say about Oregon.

The D-line: The Ducks lost perennially underrated end Will Tukuafu, tackle Blake Ferras and backup Simi Toeaina up front. Considering the plan is to run an eight-deep rotation, there will be plenty of opportunities for players like ends Terrell Turner and Taylor Hart and tackles Anthony Anderson, Zac Clark, Wade Keliikipi as well as 6-foot-7 JC transfer Isaac Remington to work their way into the rotation.

The passing game: The Ducks' passing game was inconsistent last year, though by season's end receiver Jeff Maehl was playing at a high level. Refining that part of the offense with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli would make the spread-option even more dangerous. The receiving corps is looking for playmakers, which means youngsters, such as redshirt freshman Diante Jackson, might break through.

Who steps in for Ed Dickson? Oregon only loses one starter on offense, but tight end Ed Dickson is a big one. David Paulson was a capable backup last year, and mercurial Malachi Lewis may be ready to step up. Expect JC transfer Brandon Williams to work his way into the mix.

Miller also continues his Pac-10 top 30 for 2009 series. Coming in at number four is Jeremiah Masoli.

Masoli's value? How about 28 touchdowns, 13 running and 15 passing in 2009? He ranked ninth in the conference with 55.8 yards rushing per game and also passed for 2,147 yards with just six interceptions, which earned him second-team All-Pac-10 honors. But Masoli isn't only about numbers. It's his skill running the Ducks' spread-option, which manifests itself when fans and TV cameras (and opposing defenses) find out that -- for a couple of critical clicks -- they don't know where the ball is. It's his toughness, just ask Oregon State safety Lance Mitchell, whom Masoli ran over on a critical fourth-down play in the Civil War. And it's his unflappability. Masoli can make mistakes and he can seem out of rhythm. But he always seems to come up with clutch plays at crunch time (see his brilliant, six TD effort in the comeback, double-overtime win at Arizona).

It's nice to see a couple of stories that aren't focusing on something negative.


Chip Kelly Press Conference - Video

Here is the complete press conference courtesy of


Friday, February 19, 2010

Chip Kelly Press Conference

• Coach Kelly fielded questions from reporters this afternoon. John Hunt has the best story on what Kelly said that I have seen so far. Hopefully there will be video by tomorrow. If there is I will post it. Here is the quote that pretty much sums it up:

"I have let players go from this program already because they haven’t lived up to the rules that are set forth for our program – but I need to get all the information first before I do that,'' Kelly said. "I’ll deal with all the other situations as I get all the information in, and the punishment will fit the crime.''


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The news surrounding Duck football is centered on the alarming trend of players finding ways to get themselves into bad situations. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm ready for some "good news." Until then, we have the following:

George Schroeder says "arresting trend needs addressing."

What we haven’t gotten from Kelly is any public display of outrage or urgency concerning the arrests and investigations, and the program’s shredded image. Or any serious sign that he’s cracking down.

Jack Moran details the conditions of LaMichael's release, which happened yesterday afternoon.

John Hunt reports on Mike Bellotti's comments, which I agree with.

Oregon athletic director Mike Bellotti, who recruited James, said it's important that people "don't jump to any conclusions" before the legal process is finished.

Get your s**t together Ducks...


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

DuckSportsNews reports that Peter Sirmon has joined head coach Justin Wilcox in Tennessee. According to the report, Sirmon accepted the Graduate Assistant position, the same position he held for Oregon last year.

Looks like the Vols should be well prepared for the Ducks when they play at Tennessee on Sept. 11th. I wish them both the best with their new careers, except when playing against Oregon.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chip Kelly Releases Statement On LaMichael James

Just as  I finished the last post and clicked "publish" here comes Ted Miller with the release of coach Kelly's statement. It reads as follows:

“We are concerned anytime a student-athlete is mentioned in a police report. We do not condone any behavior that doesn’t meet University standards or our football program’s standards, and we go to great lengths to actively educate our student-athletes regarding appropriate conduct. We have the utmost confidence in the local law enforcement authorities to determine the facts in all instances involving our student-athletes, and will reserve further judgment or comment until further information is available.”

Kelly also had this to say in a telephone conversation Wednesday when asked if he was concerned about the number of off-field problems: "They are all separate incidents. You can't lump everything together. Sometimes you go four or five months and nothing happens with anybody. Other times things happen right consecutively. We will continue to educate our players. They know playing football here is a privilege and with that privilege come responsibilities and they have to live up to that."

Guess we will wait and see how this all turns out.

LaMichael James Incident Update

As you are probably aware of by now LaMichael James was arrested early this morning on fourth-degree assault, menacing and strangulation charges. He is still being held in the Lane County Jail.

Rob Moseley spoke with Oregon AD Mike Bellotti this morning and the athletic department should have a statement this afternoon. If there are any other developments I will post them later today or early tomorrow morning.

I hope this is all blown out of proportion but it doesn't look good for LaMichael or the program.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Place kicker Rob Beard has been charged with fourth-degree assault by the Eugene police in the incident last month that landed Beard in the hospital. The charge is a misdemeanor according to the R-G article.

Ted Miller reports on an interview given by Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott to ESPN's Colin Cowherd.

His [Scott] most critical and immediate task is the conference's upcoming TV and media contracts, which would begin in 2012. Because the Pac-10 is looking to cash in as best it can -- the SEC and Big Ten are the gold standards -- expansion is seriously on the table for the first time in years because it potentially could make the Pac-10 more enticing for network and media partners.

If you would like to listen to the interview click here. Definitely worth the 9 minutes of your time.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

ESPN announced their broadcast schedule for 2010 and you can mark your calendars for Thursday Oct. 21 at 6:00 pm. UCLA will come to Eugene and take on the Ducks.

Rob Moseley reports that redshirt freshman Mike Bowlin has withdrawn from the team. Chip Kelly made the press announcement yesterday. Bowlin had been involved in the fight that led to Rob Beard being hospitalized last month.

Ted Miller continues his series on the top 30 players in the Pac-10 for 2009 and LaMichael James nabs the eighth spot.

James finished second in the Pac-10 with 1,546 yards rushing, which was a new conference freshman record. His 6.7 yards per carry average led all conference runners with at least 100 carries on the season, and he averaged 133.5 yards in 11 games as a starter. He scored 14 touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 168 yards. He led the nation with 21 carries in excess of 20 yards, and nine of those went for 30 or more yards and four for 50 or more. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder from Texarkana, Texas, was second-team All-Pac-10 and the conference's Offensive Freshman of the Year as well as his school's first freshman to earn the Ducks' Most Outstanding Player honors.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Not very much in new Duck football news today but Bob Rickert some time to come up with some things you might not have heard about the new recruits. Here are just two on Bob's list.

Dontae Williams: Former high school teammate of Darron Thomas. Was honest and actually said it was a factor early in his recruitment, but the visit, seeing the fan support, support for the athletes and how he'd fit in really sold him.

Nick Rowland: Was part of a 39-game winning streak. The fact that he has family living in Oregon didn't hurt the Oregon cause, but like Williams, he cited the fan support, noise at Autzen, and support of the program itself as reasons for choosing the Ducks.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Let me start today by wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day.

The Husky Indoor Track meet in Seattle was held yesterday. LaMichael James and James Rodgers were two collegian entrants in the 60 meter event. LaMichael finished third overall with a time of 6.77. Rodgers did not qualify for the finals.

Here is a short video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian. Ducks dominate the Beavers again.

Video: James vs. Rodgers


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Jeremiah Masoli 2009 Highlight Video Part 2

Part 2 of the highlights and touchdowns from Jeremiah Masoli in the 2009 campaign. Enjoy.

Jeremiah Masoli 2009 Highlight Video Part 1

Posted for your enjoyment, the highlights and touchdowns from Jeremiah Masoli in the 2009 campaign. Part 2 coming later today. The video quality will improve to HD once YouTube gets finished processing.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller has posted his spring power rankings for the Pac-10 and has Oregon on top.

All the pieces are here for another Rose Bowl run, the only question being the defensive line. The Ducks also had a top-25 recruiting class, with a number of incoming players appearing capable of immediately contributing.

LaMichael James and James Rodgers are both entered in the 60 meter dash at an indoor track meet in Seattle today. Who will be faster? Ken Goe and Molly Blue will be on hand and I will have the story tomorrow.

I will have a two part Jeremiah Masoli highlight video posted for your enjoyment later today.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller looks at the Pac-10 "spring breakout" players and why he thinks they are the logical choice to take that next step. Here is his choice for Oregon.

Diante Jackson, WR, RFr: Many thought Jackson would offer immediate help to the Ducks' receiving corps as a true freshman, but, instead, he was a scout team star last year. The Ducks are looking for a dynamic, play-making presence at wideout and Jackson might be the guy.

The debate continues about expansion possibilities. The pundits seem to agree that Colorado and Utah lead the way as the two schools with the most to offer. Here are the stories.

Bob Rickert
Ken Goe
Jon Wilner
George Schroeder

Rob Moseley has a feature story on the impact the 2008 football recruits made as Oregon won the Pac-10 title in 2009 and headed to the Rose Bowl.

Jeremiah Masoli was the starting quarterback. LaMichael James was Oregon’s leading rusher. John Boyett led the UO defense with 12 tackles.

Throw in guard Carson York and defensive tackle Blake Ferras, and the 2008 recruiting class made its mark on the Rose Bowl starting lineup. And that doesn’t include reserve running backs Kenjon Barner and LeGarrette Blount, who joined with Masoli and James to account for every rushing play for the Ducks against Ohio State.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Mark Schlabach at ESPN has updated his "way to early" top 25 for 2010. Coming it at number four is the Ducks.

With Pete Carroll leaving USC to coach the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, Oregon might be in position to become king of the Pac-10. The Ducks' loss to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl momentarily put the brakes on coach Chip Kelly's early momentum, but it picked up again after he signed what was being called the best recruiting class in school history.

• Ken Goe delves into the Pac-10 expansion frenzy and thinks it probably won't happen any time soon.

What [Larry]Scott, [Kevin]Weiberg and other members of the Pac-10 will be studying in the next year is whether the advantages of adding the Salt Lake City television market and the possibility of a revenue-producing conference championship football game is worth the trade-offs of embracing BYU, and having to split the conference television revenue and the big, Rose Bowl pot 12 ways instead of 10.

I have my doubts.

• The Ducks will face Portland St. on September 18. How are the Vikings preparing under new head coach Nigel Burton? Here is one of the new drills called the "bull in the ring."

Portland State football coach Nigel Burton

Video courtesy of Thomas Boyd and the Oregonian.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller is continuing his countdown of the top 30 players in the Pac-10 in 2009. Coming in at number 13 is TE Ed Dickson.

When Arizona's Rob Gronkowski went down with a season-ending back injury, Dickson became the conference's best tight end by default. Then, Dickson earned the perch by posting outstanding numbers, ranking second on the Ducks with 42 receptions for 551 yards and six touchdowns. It's likely he will be an early NFL draft pick.

Ted also gives his opinion of the Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott's hiring of Kevin Weiberg as deputy commissioner and chief operating officer.

It also appears that some sort of Pac-10 network -- it could be a partnership with another BCS conference -- will get serious consideration. Scott said Weiberg's experience building the Big Ten network was "very significant."

Ken Goe gives his take on the subject as well.

  Rob Moseley has a list of important dates to remember as we head towards spring. The list culminates in the Spring Game which will be on May 1st at 2:00 pm. Mark your calendar.


Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller does a story on the biggest shoes to fill in the Pac-10. In the Oregon slot is Ed Dickson.

Dickson not only was the Ducks' second-leading receiver with 42 receptions for 551 yards and six touchdowns, the matchup problems he presented forced defenses to scheme specifically for him. That helps an offense in ways that aren't accounted for in statistics.

The Contenders: Junior David Paulson was Dickson's backup last year, and he had some nice moments, but he's no Dickson. JC transfer Brandon Williams and touted incoming freshman Curtis White will be in the mix here.

Miller reverses gears and looks at the newcomers likely to make a difference in the Pac-10. here is his take on Oregon.

DE Isaac Remington, 6-5, 265 and/or DE Anthony Anderson

The Ducks lost two starting defensive linemen, including end Will Tukuafu. Kenny Rowe is the undersized speed rusher on one side, but can Remington immediately push himself into the mix on the other? And will Anderson step up after making noise as a freshman on the scout team?

In his third story from yesterday, Ted Miller announces the hiring of former Big 12 commissioner Ken Weiberg as the new Pac-10 deputy commissioner and chief operating officer.

But note three things: 1. Weiberg knows expansion. 2. Weiberg knows setting up a conference TV network. 3. Weiberg knows what increasing revenue looks like.

Hmm. Does that sound like something the Pac-10 might be interested in?

A little "yes"and a little "maybe."

Good hire.

Bob Rickert looks at the latest Duck recruiting class now that the dust has settled.

RB's Lache Seastrunk and Dontae Williams alone would be enough to headline most classes. I think Williams will surprise a lot of people with his toughness up the middle. 

John Hunt notes that Oregon coaches Gary Campbell and John Neal made Rivals top recruiter list.

RB coach Gary Campbell plucked three running backs from Texas and secondary coach John Neal got Dior Mathis out of Big Ten country which was considered quite a coup.


Monday, February 08, 2010

Monday Reruns

• With the lack of Duck football news and my water heater deciding to take a dump I decided to post the highlights from the Duck's second win of the 2009 season. So sit back and enjoy as Oregon takes out Utah.


Sunday, February 07, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Not much going on yesterday in Duck football news. There was this lone story on how much Chip Kelly made last year, and worth every penny in my opinion.

Watch the video below to remember how the wins would start (and keep piling up) for the team in 2009. Enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday.

Happy Birthday to Chuck and Dave, I Love You Guys!


Saturday, February 06, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley predicts the Ducks recruiting needs in 2011.

Summary: If everybody stays on track, it looks like the Ducks will have about 20 scholarships to offer to 2011 recruits. But that doesn’t take into account any attrition that has taken place already that we don’t know about, and any that will take place in the next year. Figure on another class of 22 to 23 guys in 2011.

Andy Mac reports that Will Tukuafu has been invited to play in the Texas vs The Nation game being televised today at 11am PST on CBS College Sports stations

Tukuafu will don an Oregon helmet one last time today in El Paso and plans on participating in both pro days hosted by the Ducks in March. Like Nick Reed last year, something tells me where there’s a will, there’s a way (pun intended), and we’ll see the big man in an NFL camp come fall..

AbsolutDuck kept track of some of his favorite Chip Kelly quotes from last year. My favorite from his list is this one:

“Last time I checked, there is no ‘Hall of Average' .“


Friday, February 05, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller wraps up Oregon's recruiting class. Coming in "under the radar" are the following players.

Kelly was quick to point out quarterback Bryan Bennett's track numbers to counter the idea that he was a drop-back passer instead of a spread-option guy. Kelly projected Hroniss Grasu as a center and lauded him as an athlete. Josh Huff and Eric Dungy are athletes who could play on either side of the ball.

Steve Mims of the Register Guard does a feature story on local players who were signed yesterday. Sheldon's Curtis White made it official, he's a Duck.When asked if White would play offense or defense Chip Kelly responded:

“Curtis is an offensive player,” Kelly said. “He’s a dynamic player with the ball in his hands. Curtis White is a tight end.

“I’m the head coach; he ain’t going to defense.”

George Schroeder dispels the rumor that Eric Dungy got an offer with Oregon because of his famous father, Tony Dungy.

That famous father, by the way, said part of the recruiting challenge was discerning “who was really interested in Eric.”

“That’s what I think really sold my son on Oregon,” Tony Dungy said on Dan Patrick’s radio show. “He just got to the point where he didn’t feel like it was coach Kelly and his staff doing anything special for me, but they were really interested in him. And that made the difference, I think.”


Thursday, February 04, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The biggest surprise yesterday was signing defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli of Salt Lake City and Rob Moseley has a feature article that mentions the highly rated recruit.

Should he ultimately qualify and enroll, the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Heimuli will be the Ducks’ highest-rated freshman defensive tackle since Haloti Ngata.

Rob also notes that walk-on DE Matt Simms has been dismissed from the team.

Simms was charged with assault over the weekend for allegedly hitting a man Simms believed was involved in the beating of UO kicker Rob Beard  a week earlier.

Here are some quotes from Chip Kelly on his recruiting class. Moseley broke it down player by player.

Rob was busy yesterday but has an issue with the math on the number of scholarship players.

I count 63 scholarship players from last year who are in line to return for the 2010 season. Add the 23 newcomers to that group, and you’ve got 86 players on scholarship.

But Kelly said the Ducks are not, and have never been during his time here, at the 85-scholarship limit.

John Canzano isn't a huge fan of the "star" rating system for high school players and he isn't the only one after talking with Chip Kelly and Mike Riley.

Both coaches said they got players that fit their systems. Both said they were happy with their work. And both called the "2-3-4 star" rating system used by the fanboy websites a total joke.

"Great players are great players," Riley said. Kelly said he's going to start rating banks the same way, "I'll give any teller who gives me a lollipop four stars."


Chip Kelly Press Conference - Full

Here is the full press conference from


Chip Kelly Press Conference Clips

Here is the report filed by local television station KVAL.


Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Ducks Sign 20 Prep Players - Official List has posted this years recruiting class, you can find it here.

Bob Rickert gives his thoughts on the class.

DT Ricky Heimuli's announcement created an enormous sigh of relief for most Duck fans. They're still very thin at that spot, but with Remington  and Heimuli, the Ducks have at least more depth than they did a couple days ago.

Should be a top 10 class and probably the best class Oregon has ever recruited. I will have more updates in the morning.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley has his "countdown to signing day" page ready for you but says the Ducks will announce all their results at once around noon. Rob will also be covering Chip Kelly's press conference around 1pm.

Moseley also has a feature story on the three JC transfers who are already enrolled for the winter term..

Offensive lineman Ryan Clanton, defensive lineman Isaac Remington and tight end Brandon Williams. Each could have a significant impact in the near future at Oregon.

eDuck has a nice capsule with photos and stats of players who have verbally committed to the Ducks.

Lindsay Schnell does a feature story on the northward shift of power in the Pac-10.

There seems to be a shift in Pacific-10 Conference power. Oregon State has played for two consecutive Rose Bowl berths, losing each time to Oregon in their final Pac-10 game,  and Oregon replaced USC as the team to beat last season. and replaced the Trojans  with authority. 

I will post later today on who actually submitted their letters of intent, so stay tuned to see how it all turns out.


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ken Goe has a very good feature story on Rich Brooks who recently retired from coaching.

When Brooks took the Oregon job in 1977, the Ducks had had one winning season in the previous 12. They were the Pacific-10 Conference's poor-as-dust country cousins.

When he handed off the job in 1995, the Ducks were Pac-10 champions and had begun an audacious building campaign that would make their facilities the envy of the conference.

Andy Mac reports that Chip Kelly added some hardware to his collection as he was awarded the Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year honor at the 58th annual Oregon Sports Awards on Sunday night in Beaverton.

Rob Moseley states that Chip Kelly announced three players will not return to the program in 2010.

Kelly confirmed Monday that wide receiver Garrett Embry, as well as defensive linemen Andrew Iupati and Terrance Montgomery, will not return for the 2010 season.

Embry was formally dismissed from the program on Jan. 8 for a violation of team rules, while Montgomery has decided to give up football. Both players remain enrolled at Oregon.

Are you excited for tomorrow? Want to who signs as it happens? is the place to find out which future student athletes will put on the pads and represent the University of Oregon in the years to come! Free online activities at Signing Day Central.

John Hunt introduces RB Lache Seastrunk, who recently committed to the Ducks.

Duck fans should be excited because: He is similar to LaMichael James, only quicker and faster and more elusive.


Monday, February 01, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Another Dawg commit becomes a Duck after a recent visit to Eugene according to Rob Moseley.

Alejnadro Maldonado is rated the No. 7 kicker in the country by, which said he “has one of the biggest legs of any kicker in the country.”

He’s the second recruit this year to switch his commitment from the Huskies to the Ducks, following receiver Keanon Lowe.

• Lindsay Schnell introduces future Oregon LB Chris McCain. McCain is from Greensboro, NC, wighs in at 203 lbs. and is 6'6". has given him four stars and rated him the 13th best prospect in his nation mostly for his physical gifts.

McCain is known for his competitiveness and feisty nature on the field.