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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Ivan Maisel spent some time with LaMichael James where James talks about becoming a leader and becoming his own cook.

"LaMichael's not a real vocal kid," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "He doesn't have to talk every day, but when he says something, people are going to listen to him. That's new for him. He's no longer the young guy. All of a sudden, he's the wily veteran."

James found a two-pronged cure for homesickness. For one thing, he taught himself how to fry chicken. 

"I try to eat a lot of soul food, a lot of fried food," he said. The nutritionist in the Oregon athletic department just fainted. James fries up some bird several times a week. He is aware that fried chicken isn't exactly tofu.

"I think if I played in a huddle, it would probably be a problem," James said. "Since I'm always running, I get away with it pretty well."

 Charles Fisher (aka FishDuck) breaks down the Spring Game in this detailed X's and O's report.

 Ken Goe reports that Chip Kelly has suspended LB Kiko Alonso indefinitely (no surprise there) and provides additional details of his (loser) arrest.

 Matt Hinton at Dr. Saturday provides his 2011 All-Undrafted Team which includes three former Ducks.

 Jon Wilner has an update on the TV negotiations and thinks a deal could be announced in the next week to ten days.

I fully expect the primary rightsholder to be with Fox or Comcast, with ESPN sublicensing games.

I fully expect the contract to pay the conference $230+ million annually.

I fully expect the Pac-12 to start its own network and form a media company that would oversee the network and the digital/online/mobile rights and a commercial arm.


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