“Cliff’s future is clearly in Cliff’s hands,” Kelly said in the release. “Earning an opportunity to represent the University of Oregon and this football program certainly rests far beyond a player’s ability on the field of play. Our behavior out of the spotlight often is more important and will be held to a higher standard.
“Until Cliff is able to conform to the same standards all of us must comply with, his status will remain unchanged.”
• The compliance issue regarding Cliff's little escapade, getting the car from U of O employee Mindy Schmidling (payroll specialist in the business office), might be a non-factor if the facts check out.
A compliance official from another school suggested Tuesday that, if the facts as currently understood are true, the payment to Schmidling would likely protect the players’ eligibility. The loan of the car would be ruled an extra benefit, and Oregon would report it as such to the Pac-10 — the first step in such situations — but because it was of no monetary value, the players’ eligibility would not be threatened.
• National Football Authority writer Mitch Coffman believes that Lavasier Tuinei could be the answer to the loss of Jeff Maehl.
Maehl was an incredible player, but Tuinei has the potential to be even better. Why? Well, he stands at 6’5” and weighs-in at 216 pounds. He also runs a 4.5-ish 40-yard-dash. Maybe it’s not the fastest 40-time for a wide receiver, but Maehl only ran a 4.63 at the NFL combine this spring.
• LSU blogger Bob Wynn compares O-lines between the two teams and gives the edge to LSU.
• Dale Newton introudces one of the Duck newcomers, JC transfer DT Jared Ebert.
Ebert has serious ability. He was rated the number two JC defensive tackle by JC Gridwire Magazine, a second team Juco All-American, 4-stars by rivals.com and 247 sports., with offers from TCU, West Virginia, Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas, Washington State and several others. He's has excellent speed and agility for a player his size; the services list him at a 4.8 40. He finished up his community college work in time to enroll early and participate in spring drills, getting acclimated, showing effort and hustle, and recording four tackles in the Spring Game.