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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



QB Marcus Mariotta has verbally committed to the Ducks according to Scout. I posted this video a while back when he was on Oregon's radar but it's worth another look.

Here's a neat little story from TheUofOSportsDude. MTV reality show, The Buried Life, is looking for your vote on FaceBook for an episode in Season Two.

Former Oregon QB (now a Steeler) Dennis Dixon's idea is as follows:

I dare you to play 7 on 7 (or 5 on 5) football game against me and my boys. All played for the University of Oregon. One of us (Dennis Dixon) is an NFL QB. We have an association that puts on football camps and mentors kids. I can get the game at Nike head quarters in Beaverton Oregon, we can even raise money for a good cause. Let me know if your up for the challenge. Also check out our website OregonFootballAssociation.com and keep doing what you guys do.

Voting has Dennis in second place right now but only 12 votes behind. Vote now.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Now that we officially have a twelve member conference, the next step is coming up with a schedule that makes sense. Scott Terrell looks at the pros and cons of playing either an eight, or nine game conference schedule.

When the Pac-10 grows, the conference football schedule needs to shrink back to eight games.

The rationale is this: In three of the four years the Pac-10 has played nine league games the conference runner-up finished with a 7-2 league record and 9-3 (or better) overall record. Not once did that second team get selected for a BCS at-large bid. The goal in taking away that extra conference game is turning those 9-3 teams into 10-2 and 11-1 teams.


Here is some additional reading material on the proposed WSU-Oregon game being playing at Qwest Field each year. The more I read about this the more questions I have.

My biggest concern, if this is going to the permanent home of the yearly matchup, will season ticket holders get a ticket when it is your "home game?" And if you do get a ticket, how will family/group blocks of tickets translate to Qwest seating? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Rob Moseley reports that Oregon has landed another commitment. Three star, dual threat QB, Johnny Manziel (video from 2008 above) from Kerrville, TX. In this video he plays three different positions, QB, RB and receiver. He is 6'1", 193 lbs. and has a 4.53 40 time.

While Oregon tends to recruit mostly south of the state, there is an increasing number of Canadian players turning up at football camps and it might be time to take a look at our northern neighbors.

R.J. Rico at the Oregonian reports that 14 Canadians were at the Oregon camp this year.

Bob Clark shares a nice feature story from yesterdays R-G on how former Oregon head coach Rich Brooks is enjoying his retirement.

The Heisman Pundit lists their top ten running backs for 2010 and LaMichael James comes in at number six.

James will sit out the first game due to suspension, but that won’t stop him from having another outstanding season.  As a redshirt freshman in 2009, he rushed for 1,546 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging nearly seven yards per carry.  Like Rodgers, he is built very low to the ground, but he is more explosive in the open field and has the ability to take it downtown.  If he gets his head on straight, he’ll have another highly-productive campaign.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• Rivals reports (link courtesy of Rob Moseley) that four star offensive tackle Andre Yruretagoyena 6'5" 258 lbs., from Chaparral HS in Scottsdale, Az., has committed to Oregon.

Defensive player highlight reels usually are pretty ho-hum, but the maker went to a lot of effort letting the viewer know which player (#72) to watch. The kid definitely has some skills.

Welcome to Oregon big guy.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Andy Mac reports that 16 new faces were seen in summer classes that started on Monday. The list of recruits along with their jersey numbers can be found here. Welcome guys!

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Vegas oddsmakers have LaMichael James at #20 on a list of 26 players likely to win the Heisman Trophy this year.

We might all agree on the outcome of the recent conference shuffle but one thing is for certain, Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott thinks big. Kirk Bohls, in this Statesman (Austin, TX) article notices also.

In fewer than 12 months on the job, Scott has ushered the conservative-thinking Pac-10 into this century with a gambler's bravado and a visionary's perspective. For a league whose major concern has always seemed to be the floats for the Rose Bowl parade, he garnered the backing of Pac-10 presidents and chancellors and almost single-handedly put his conference on the map alongside the powerful Big Ten and SEC leagues.

Looking for a fun activity for your 12 year old or younger child this summer? No better way than to enroll for membership in the Junior Duck Club. This is from GoDucks.com:

The Junior Duck Club is a terrific way for young Duck fans (age 12 and under) to become involved in Oregon Athletics and activities! By joining the club, you'll receive a T-shirt, official membership card, ticket vouchers for Oregon events, plus other out of this world items. Registration is now available for $25 for the 2010-11 season ($20 for renewals), so join today!

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller takes a look at all of the Pac-10 strength coaches and notes Jim Radcliffe's professional journey.

Radcliffe, after 25 years at Oregon, is the Pac-10's longest tenured strength and conditioning coach. He was a high school teacher before he started at Oregon in 1985. A graduate of Pacific in Forest Grove, Ore., he played four seasons at defensive back and was captain of the special teams. He earned his master’s in biomechanics from Oregon in 1992. He is certified by the United States Weightlifting Federation. He also has written books, been published in numerous professional journals and produced videos on plyometrics.

Rob Moseley reports that the Ducks have added former Texas DB Marcus Davis.

The Ducks confirmed Wednesday that defensive back Marcus Davis has enrolled at Oregon for summer classes; he will redshirt during the 2010 season, as per NCAA transfer rules, and be eligible to play in 2011, when he would be a sophomore in eligibility.

Not sure this is the best move for Oregon. Davis was suspended last year after being arrested and charged with suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.

Hmmmm, sound like anyone you know?

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Andy Mac reports that sophomore RB LaMichael James has earned his second preseason All-American honor after being named to Sporting News' second team ahead of the 2010 college football season.

Ted Miller has a short video his continuing series on the uncertain position for each team in the Pac-10. For Oregon he chose QB. You can watch his video here.

Rob Moseley covers the start of summer workouts and it looks like Nate Costa is focusing on being the leader for the team.

Costa, a senior, took every chance he could Monday to set the tone for the team. The Ducks briefly used a ramp inside Autzen Stadium for drills, and when they ran back to the grass practice fields, Costa was the first player behind Radcliffe. The day wrapped up with some light jogging and change-of-direction work on the grass, and Costa was the first guy off the line for those drills.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley weighs the pros and cons of Pac-10 expansion in a feature story which appeared in the R-G on Sunday and finds the big winners are Colorado and Utah.

Last year Oregon's share of television money was $5 million. Contrast that with Utah's $1.2 million. The conservative estimate for a new television deal in 2012 is $11.6 million for each member of the Pac-10[12].

That’s one reason former UO football coach and athletic director Mike Bellotti said, “The people who have won in this are Colorado and Utah.”

After a seven year relationship, Citigroup Inc. has decided to end their sponsorship of the Rose Bowl according to Ted Miller.

According to the report, Citi balked at the season-long college football sponsorship that is being asked of all BCS sponsors, saying that was more ad inventory than it wanted.

Sources said AT&T, which in 1999 became the Rose Bowl's first presenting sponsor, is considering resuming its sponsorship of the game, according to the report.


Defensive end Kenny Rowe is included on the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player and  offensive tackle Bo Thran is on the watch list for the Outland Trophy as the country’s top interior lineman.

Good luck guys and have a great season.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Have to give a big shout out to the Men's and Women's Track teams as two members on each squad earned Pac-10 recognition yesterday The following is from GoDucks.com.

Andrew Wheating of Oregon was named the Pacific-10 Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Year, while Duck teammate Ashton Eaton and Arizona State’s Ryan Whiting share Pac-10 Men’s Field Athlete of the Year honors. Keisha Baker of Oregon was tabbed Pac-10 Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, while Duck teammate Brianne Theisen was named Pac-10 Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced..

Fantastic year Ducks.

• Could Jeremiah Masoli be headed to the NFL? Yes, according to Len Pasquarelli at ESPN (Insider access required to read complete article.)

Currently there are three players who have petitioned the NFL for inclusion in the supplemental draft next month but sources close to Masoli say he is weighing his options.

According to Pasquarelli there are many teams keeping an eye on Masoli and a few teams that would like to have him in camp, even as an undrafted free agent, and who feel he could be a No. 3 developmental prospect.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Reruns - Happy Father's Day



• Here is the last of my highlight videos from last year and what a game it was. Rose Bowl on the line, national television audience, and the Civil War at home. One of my all time favorite moments at Autzen. It was amazing to be there sharing the moment with my family and friends. Enjoy the 37-33 Oregon victory.

• Happy Father's Day to all of the Dads out there. Here is hoping all of you have a fantastic day.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Remember our 2005 season, Kellen Clemens was the QB? Our only losses came against USC and Oklahoma in the Holiday Bowl. The loss against USC was wiped from the books, which makes Oregon the Pac-10 champions, right? Wrong.

USC is pursuing an appeal. Whatever the outcome of that appeal, the Pac-10 is unlikely to pass the 2005 conference title on to Oregon; more likely it will simply be left vacant, if the punishment to USC holds.

The Duck players on that team have mixed emotions, you can catch Rob Moseley's story on the player reactions here.

• One of my favorite Ducks is Walter Thurmond III and he was signed by the Seahawks yesterday.

• The Heisman Pundit looks at who gets the most out of the talent they have recruited. Guess who is on the list, that's right, Oregon. Nice job coaches!

GoDucksPodcast with Lord Beverage and Muchas G examine the loss of Jeremiah Masoli and while totally disappointed they give him his due. The guys also talk expansion and save a big DuckU for USC. Check it out here. Totally entertaining podcast.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Autzen Turf Project Installation Begins - Video



• The audio isn't the best but I think you'll get the idea. Nice, shiny new turf. Video courtesy of GoDucks.TV.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

With all the talk about how the conference will be split, north/south, zipper, or something in between, one thing is evident, fewer trips to southern California, a recruiting hotbed. Chip Kelly doesn't seem concerned according to Rob Moseley.

“We’ll make things easy—we’ll go to the Rose Bowl every year,” Kelly said. “It’s our job to win enough games every year to the go to the Rose Bowl.”

Joining the growing group of folks who are not convinced that the addition of Colorado and Utah is in the best interest of the Pac-10 is Ken Goe who thinks it is a mistake, especially for the Northwest schools.

From here, it appears that Scott over-reached in an attempt to create his mega-conference by raiding the Big 12 for six schools, including Texas, which would bring with it the monster Dallas and Houston television markets.

In the end Scott was left clutching nothing but his hubris and Colorado, with no better Plan B than Utah.


Oregon announced that wide receivers Tyrece Gaines and Diante Jackson have been declared ineligible to compete for the 2010 football season for a failure to maintain the minimum academic standards required by the NCAA, according to the Ducks’ head coach Chip Kelly.

You can probably expect them to seek a transfer in the near future according to Rob Moseley.

Ted Miller lays out the revenue sharing plan for Utah and Colorado.

Colorado was invited to become an immediate full-revenue sharing partner in the Pac-10. Utah was not.

Utah, which will join the Pac-10 in 2011, agreed to a three-year timetable before it earns a full-revenue share.


The reason is pretty straight forward,  Colorado came from the Big 12 while Utah left the lowly Mountain West.

Last but not least, Ted Miller continues his countdown of the Pac-10's top 25 and has DE Kenny Rowe is at #13.

Rowe is quick and tenacious, which often causes problems for lumbering offensive tackles. He also has the speed to drop into coverage, though most would prefer to see him rushing off the edge. The goal this year is to become a more complete player. That means being more consistent in run support.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Utah Officially Accepts Pac-10 Invite



Video courtesy of ESPN.

Looks like this will happen as of 2011, yippee.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Need/want tickets? This is from GoDucks.com:

A limited number of reserved season tickets for the 2010 football season will go on-sale this tomorrow. Tickets will be available online at GoDucks.com beginning at 8:30 a.m. and in person at the Casanova Center Ticket Office and over the phone at 1.800.WEBFOOT beginning at 9:00 a.m. The cost of all remaining reserved season tickets for the 2010 football season is $335 each.

The invite for Utah was officially given yesterday by the Pac-10 and Utah is holding a press conference at noon (local time) today, presumably to accept. The resulting 12 team landscape is already being discussed with a likely north/south split.

So what does Chip Kelly think of this?

"We'll just line up and play whoever they want us to play," he said. "It's not like we won't get enough exposure. Just tell me my schedule and let's go play." 

Classic Chip.

Looks like I'm not the only one who isn't completely thrilled with the addition of Colorado and Utah. Greg Hansen from the Arizona Daily Star has a couple of thoughts I would like to share with you.

 Colorado brings little to the Pac-10. No baseball, no softball, no swimming, a basketball team that averaged 6,267 fans and almost no new money.

Utah would bring even less. The Utes wouldn't help to solve the raging financial crisis at Oregon State, Wazzu and ASU.

In sports, CU is vanilla ice cream. If Colorado is vanilla ice cream, Utah is snow melting on the sidewalk.


Ouch, the truth hurts.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What does Utah bring to the Pac-10?



It's official, Utah will be joining the Pac-10 on Friday according to this ESPN report. Do they really bring enough to the table? The analysts at ESPN weigh in.

For me it's too little too late.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Comcast SportsNet reports that the Pac-10 will invite Utah to join the conference and will hold a press conference later today to make it official.

Rachel Bachman says that Larry Scott's push for a failed Pac-10 super conference is a sign of things to come.

The article points out that this is all about money and using popular football programs as revenue machines. University presidents have been forced into a corner to fund growing athletic budgets that are rising at a greater rate than the academic programs.

Everyone likes a good conspiracy theory and Jon Wilner lays out a Texas sized scenario.

I can’t help but wonder if the Longhorns manipulated the whole thing from the start … if athletic director DeLoss Dodds played  everyone like a fiddle?

Makes for an interesting read so check it out if you have a couple of minutes.

While Jeremiah Masoli plead not guilty in his recent escapades could Utah State be Masoli's next stop?

Rob Moseley reports that Colorado could be playing in the Pac-10 as early as next year.

The original article that Moseley links to says that if and when Colorado joins the conference we will likely split into northern and southern divisions.

Oregon joining OSU, Washington, WSU, Stanford and California in a Northern section, with USC, UCLA, Arizona, ASU, Colorado and presumably Utah in the Southern division.

Of course, all this needs to be taken with a grain of salt as we have learned in the ever changing expansion stories of the last few days.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



ESPN reports that four star QB Jerrard Randall of Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla. class of 2011) has committed to the Ducks.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Randall, rated No. 8 nationally among quarterbacks by ESPNU, picked the Ducks over offers from Florida State, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, West Virginia, Florida International and Florida Atlantic, among others.

Kid definitely has some skills as you can see in the video above.

According to ESPN it was a very influential group that saved the Big12 at the last minute with some behind the scenes wheeling and dealing.

Rob Moseley reports that seventeen veteran football players graduated yesterday.

Congrats guys!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Hello Utah?

• ...and the drama takes another turn. Now it is being reported that Texas will stay put in the Big-12. That news was also confirmed by Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott according to this ESPN report.

Now we are looking at a Pac-12 scenario with Utah as the probable invitee. More news as it becomes available.


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Texas to Pac-10 Not so Imminent?



The ever evolving soap opera/drama/expansion-gate/etc. continues. Now there are reports that Texas is leaning towards keeping the Big 12/10 together because of a TV deal that was brokered during the eleventh hour. ESPN's Joe Schad lays it out.

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Texas to Pac-10 "Imminent"



• Joe Schad at ESPN with the latest news on the expansion.

The departure of Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to the Pac-10 is imminent, four sources within the Big 12 said Monday.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Is it possible there is an Oregon connection to Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott's hiring and then seeing him jet around the Midwest trying to finalize a historic 16 team mega conference? John Canzano lays it all out in this story and it is a really good read, check it out.

As the Big 12 teeters on the precipice of extinction, Missouri is making a last ditch effort to keep the remaining 10 teams unified. Needless to say, too little, too late (IMO)...

Now that we are getting closer to finalize all the deal making this Arizona Daily Star story lays out the new look Pac-10/12/16. It definitely won't be your father's Pac-10.

"This is the dawning of a new day for the Pac-10," [Larry] Scott said after adding Colorado. "There's a lot of excitement and enthusiasm about our prospects going forward, including with the addition of new members."


Scott says he wants a name that will "reflect the membership," and if the other conference leaders agree, that means both the "Pac" and the "10" will go.

But whatever happens, the Pac-10 will never be the same in name, structure or culture.


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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The Oklahoman newspaper reports that Pac-10 commissioner, Larry Scott, met with Oklahoma and Oklahoma St. officials yesterday in Oklahoma City.

Nobody is speifically saying what was discussed at the meeting but an assumption can be made that offers/invitations to join the Pac-10 were on the table.

Scott next intends to fly to Texas, where he’s expected to hand out invites to Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

Bob Rickert lists 7 reasons why you should love Colorado joining the Pac-10. Here is the first:

1. It's Boulder. If you've never been. Go. The lifestyle is eerily similar to Oregon's best combination of Eugene, Portland and Bend. 300 days of sunshine a year and a ton of things to do besides watching Oregon beat the Buffs.

...and perhaps my favorite:

4. Shared dislike for Slick Rick Neuheisel. Seriously. Walk around Folsom any Saturday and you won't get much love for their former coach, the way he left, or the reputation for their program that he left behind.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Colorado excited about joining Pac-10 - Video



ESPN's Jenn Brown reports that Colorado is excited about joining the Pac-10. This video also includes comments by Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott.

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Conference Re-Alignments Day 4

• This just in from ESPN, "according to The Dallas Morning News, Kansas, Missouri and Kansas State are on the Mountain West's radar amid a continuing shakeup of the Big 12."

Seems to be a good move for the Mountain West as they would like to get an automatic bid each year to a BCS game.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



According to a "source",  ESPN's Joe Schad states that, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will join the Pac-10 Conference when a formal offer is made.

The only team previously mentioned that isn't in this list, Texas A&M, will have 72 hours to decide once a Pac-10 offer is made, which could happen as early as this weekend.

The Texas board of regents have a meeting scheduled for Tuesday where they will likely finalize the decision.

I will post any other updates on the expansion if they occur.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Conference Re-Alignments Day 2

• Right on cue the Nebraska Cornhuskers have accepted an invitation to join the Big 10. Which leaves the ball in Texas' court. From the ESPN story:

University of Texas regents will meet next week to decide whether the Longhorns will remain in the Big 12 or switch to another conference.


The regents announced Friday that they will hold a meeting by telephone Tuesday for "discussion and appropriate action regarding athletic conference membership."

• The Mountain West, which includes Brigham Young, Utah, Air Force, Wyoming, UNLV, San Diego State, New Mexico and Colorado State will have a new member.

"We are pleased and excited to welcome Boise State University to the Mountain West Conference," commissioner Craig Thompson said in the news release. "Since our inception just 11 short years ago, the Mountain West has experienced tremendous success, and the addition of Boise State will further enhance that strength. The MWC continues to strategize regarding potential membership scenarios and bringing Boise State into the Conference is an important part of that evolution."

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Ted Miller calls Colorado a good fit for the Pac-10.

Since the Pac-10 first asked, "What about expansion?" upon hiring Larry Scott as commissioner, Colorado was on the table as a potential partner.

All the hubbub about Baylor boosters trying to muscle Colorado aside? It was never an issue with the Pac-10, which has been eyeballing Colorado for months.

The Buffaloes are a good fit, culturally and academically. Heck, even temperamentally.


Probably doesn't hurt that the Denver television market is a tad bigger than the Waco market either.


• George Schroeder says that according to a "very good source",  expect the Pac-11 to become the Pac-16 by the weekend. Said the source, "you can take it to the bank."

• Chip Kelly on the dismissal of Jeremiah Masoli from the football program says it like it is (which I like.)

“I had a plan in place for him to follow, and if he didn’t follow it, he was gone. He didn’t follow it, so he’s gone.”

• Will Tukuafu has been signed by the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent. He joins former Ducks, Nick Reed, Walter Thurmond III and Max Unger and will probably play the "Leo" spot on Pete Carroll's defense.

• Carson York is in Orlando, FL with a group from Allen Hall representing the U of O in the National Student Advertising Competition. The competition takes place each year and Oregon last won in 1989.

Good luck team.

• I will try to post any breaking news regarding expansion today as soon as I possibly can. Nebraska, I think it's your move next.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Colorado's Move - Reaction from Texas Tech - Video



• Tommy Tuberville, the head coach for Texas Tech, talks with ESPN about the expansion news and Colorado's move to the Pac-10.

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Pac-11 Colorado Joins

Breaking news from ESPN:


The Pac-10 conference announced Thurday that the University of Colorado has agreed to leave the Big 12 to join its conference.

The first domino has fallen, who'll be next?

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

ESPN's Bruce Feldman reports that the USC football program will receive a two-year postseason ban, a reduction in scholarships and a forfeiture of wins from at least the 2004 season when the NCAA releases its sanctions today.

Seems a little bit brutal to me at this point as this all started with allegations that Reggie Bush received improper benefits between 2003-05. Most of those involved have now left the program.

Here we sit at the top of the roller coaster, we've just crested and are starting the free fall, hold on. Ted Miller reports that a source close to the negotiations informed ESPN that Colorado received an invite to join the Pac-10. Kind of puts the kibosh on all those Baylor rumblings.

...And this from ESPN on Nebraska:

A source close to the Nebraska program told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that athletic director Tom Osborne informed some staff members within the past 24 hours the Cornhuskers were going to make the move to the Big Ten conference.

Here is a gem from the Sports Brewery on the whole realignment scenario, the Big-12 pillage has begun. Give it a read if you have a couple of minutes, good stuff. By the way, the Pac-16 logo came from them.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Jeremiah Masoli Dismissed

• Unless you are hiding under a rock you have probably already heard the news, Masoli has been dismissed from the team by Chip Kelly.

Jack Moran reports that Masoli was cited on Monday by the Springfield police for "possessing less than one ounce of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and failure to stop at a driveway or a sidewalk."

Maybe one day Masoli will grow up and get his act together, he sure blew his opportunity over nothing (IMO). I hope so for his sake.

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• The word out of Omaha, according to the Omaha World - Herald, is that "an executive at a Big 12 school relayed that he expects Nebraska to become a member of the Big Ten as early as Friday."

Direct confirmation from Nebraska of a conference change for the Huskers wasn't immediately available. Sources at two other Big 12 schools told The World-Herald that their athletic directors have instructed them to be ready by week's end for a briefing on probable Big 12 changes.

Nebraska A.D. Tom Osborne offered implicit confirmation Tuesday night that the timetable on national conference realignment has been accelerated.


The dominoes are all in place, will they start to fall on Friday?

• John Canzano (who I don't always agree with) likes the idea of the Pac-16. His reasons include an expanded recruiting base, lucrative television contract and the positives gained from the strength of schedule. He closes his story with this:

The landscape of college football is changing, regardless of what the Pac-10 does. The answer for the conference can't be status quo.

Sixteen sounds sweet to me.


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Oregon 2009 Season Highlight Video



• The U of O athletics video department won the Sports Video of the Year award for this video yesterday at the 2010 College Sports Media Awards (CSMA) in Atlanta.

Oregon's video department, headed by coordinator Steve Pohl and assisted by producer Jayson Bosteder, put together the video that was awarded first place in the Special Feature Collegiate 1 competition as well as the overall winner, which included entries from commercial television networks.

Quite the honor and quite a season. Good job team and congrats to all.

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Expansion stories continue to brew around the blogs from Ted Miller (just the facts) to George Schroeder (culture shock angle) to the guy who started it all, Chip Brown (Rivals Texas blogger). One date to keep your eye on is this Friday.

Nebraska holds the key according to Chip Brown, and they have until Friday to decide if they are committed to staying in the Big-12. We'll see what happens. It could be a wild ride.

Ted Miller reports that Willie Glasper was picked up by the UFL's Sacramento team, along with some other former Pac-10 players.

Miller also ranks the Pac-10's toughest road schedules and has Oregon in the middle at #5.

This is a good reason to pause over making Oregon a clear favorite in the Pac-10. It plays its likely top-two rivals (USC and Oregon State) for the conference crown on the road. And Cal is certainly no patsy at home.

A.J. Jacobson looks at the job Casey Martin is doing for Chip Kelly as the official uniform coordinator.

“Normally I have a rough draft for the year and have it all laid out game-by-game,” Martin explained. “I go into his (Chip's) office and we lay all the uniforms out and decide and then we go for it. It’s fun. We’re like two little kids. It’s a good time.

Looking forward to seeing what they chose for this year, football can't get here soon enough.

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Pac-16?



• Here is Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott talking about the conference's possible expansion. Video courtesy of ESPN.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• Expansion talks continue to dominate college football news. Here is Joe Schad talking about the chances Texas leaves the Big 12.

• Mark Saxon at ESPN Los Angeles lays out possible expansion scenarios Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott talked about at the conference meetings this last Friday in San Francisco.


"Larry and the Pac-10 are being very proactive. That's what I like," said Washington athletic director Scott Woodward. "We're not the bug on the windshield. We're kind of driving the bus."


• George Schroeder shares his feature article that appeared in yesterday's R-G, "Winds of change blowing Pac-10's way." Here is just one clip from a great article.


Remember the good old days — last year — when the Pac-10 seemed content to, well, remember the good old days?

Goodbye to all of that. And for Oregon and Oregon State, change could be for the better.

Think piles of newfound cash. Fantastic exposure. And the chance to compete in a league that suddenly goes from overlooked and left behind to potentially overwhelming and leading the way.



Click here to read the entire story.

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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• The men's golf team lost yesterday to top seeded Oklahoma St. and finished in third place, their best ever. The baseball team lost their game against Florida St. and now have to play 17th-ranked and No.3 seed Connecticut at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on Sunday in a rematch of their Friday night opener to remain alive in the double-elimination regional.

• The State Board of Education approved the proposed addition of a new football center along with a combination lacrosse/soccer field, all courtesy of Uncle Phil.

• How about the game against Washington St. this year being played at Qwest Field in Seattle instead of Pullman? It would definitely be a plus for Duck fans in my opinion. WSU AD Bill Moos will try to make it happen once Oregon has hired a new AD.

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• What is better than beating the Dawgs on any given day? Beating them twice in one day in two different sports. The men's golf team took down the Washington Huskies 3-2 in NCAA match play yesterday and the baseball team scored three runs in the ninth inning to defeat the UConn Huskies 5-2 in the NCAA tournament.

The golf team takes on top seed Oklahoma St.in a semi-final match this morning at 6am local time. Baseball action starts at 3:30pm local time against top seed Florida St. Good luck to both teams.

• The "O Heroes" are holding a food and furniture drive at the Chase Village on June 26th.

The goal is to reduce waste and trash left behind by U of O students moving out for the summer, that can’t move bigger or unwanted furniture items, clothing and extra food.

• Ted Miller looks at the Pac-10's most irreplaceable players and names Jeff Maehl as that player for the Ducks.

The Ducks likely will be a little more pass-happy next fall. That makes Maehl, the Ducks' best receiver, critical. He caught 53 passes for 696 yards and six touchdowns in 2009 and steadily improved throughout the season.

Miller also looks at who is "fully stocked" in the Pac-10 and starts off with Oregon.

On defense, the Ducks have capable backups who will see plenty of action this fall on all three levels. Things are particularly good at linebacker and in the secondary. On offense, the line isn't deep but there are six or seven guys whom coaches would be comfortable playing. If running back LaMichael James went down, there's always Kenjon Barner. Even at quarterback, where senior Nate Costa and Darron Thomas are locked in a tight competition, the Ducks wouldn't be crushed to go with either-or.

• George Schroeder recaps Chip Kelley's USO tour trip in this story from the R-G. Here is a sample.

Overseas, Kelly says that reality was reinforced, as was a “profound respect and admiration for the military.” He found parallels to football in leadership, organizational structure, teamwork and cooperation — and a big, important difference.

“Obviously, what they do is for real,” Kelly says. “What we do is a game.”


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Friday, June 04, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Are you a big Nascar and Oregon fan? Then head over to the Gateway Mall to check out the official Oregon Nascar before it heads down to Roseburg this weekend.

Chip Kelly is back from his Middle East trip and Bob Rickert has the details.

And he did get some work in during the trip, coaching flag football games at  McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, as well as in Kuwait and in Iraq.

"I went 3-0,'' he said. "I’m hoping that’s a good omen for the season.''


The Oregon golf team qualified for match play at the NCAA Championships. They take on the Huskies today. Always like nailing the Dawgs any chance we get.

Have you heard about the latest in the expansion rumors? How does the Pac-16 sound? Ted Miller lays out the plan.

Reports that the Pac-10 is now looking to expand to 16 teams, with the new six all coming from the Big 12: Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado.

Golly. That would be a dramatic change in big-time college sports.

The Pac-10, according to the reports, would then split into two divisions, with Arizona and Arizona State joining the Big 12 six and the old Pac-8 forming the other division.


Count me in as not a big fan of this idea.


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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Ted Miller is ranking the Pac-10's top 25 players and LB Casey Matthews comes in at #24.

Matthews has made a name for himself despite coming from one of football's most famous families...Matthews earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2009 and has been named to 2010 watch lists for the Lombardi and Lott Trophy awards. He and Spencer Paysinger, who also had 81 tackles in 2009, comprise the most productive returning linebacking duo in the conference.

• The AzCentral reports that Oregon is making a strong recruiting push in their state.

Gilbert Perry defensive tackle Mo Latu and Scottsdale Chaparral offensive tackle Andre Yruretagoyena each recently received football scholarship offers from Oregon.

• The men's golf team slid a little bit yesterday in the NCAA's but will have a chance to redeem themselves today. The top eight teams go to match play and the Ducks are currently ninth.

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• With the lack of any football news we might as well turn to golf.  The top-ranked Ducks finished one shot out of the lead after the first day of the NCAA Championships being held at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, TN. Oregon sits at -4, one shot behind Oklahoma St. and Florida St.

Coach Casey Martin seemed pretty pleased with his teams performance during the opening round. Good luck guys!

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Congrats to the men's baseball team for receiving an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship 64-team field. Pretty amazing considering this is only their second year back.

• Duck Territory has a really good piece (very long and thorough) on the Duck's new defense. Give it a read when you get the time.

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