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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Adam Jude reports that winter workouts will pay positive dividends during the regular season.

“Everybody’s focus was right,” junior offensive lineman Nick Cody said after Oregon’s first spring practice Tuesday. I can speak for the offensive line when I say that we really worked our butts off. We did a lot of extra work we normally don’t do in the offseason.”

“I think you’re going to see that transition on the field, in terms of stability and not being pushed around,” said Cody, who’s competing to fill one of three vacancies on the line. “Guys can have strong legs and strong arms, but it doesn’t mean anything if your core can’t hold it together. And I think on top of that, we got quicker, we got stronger — everything you’d want in an offseason.”

 Jon Wilner has the latest update on the Pac-12 television negotiations.

 Here is a nice piece on Casey Matthews provided by the NFL Network as the NFL draft approaches.

Playing tough on defense catapulted Oregon over Creighton last night, 71-58, evening the best of 3 series at 1-1. The final game to determine the champion of the CBI tournament will be held Friday night (7pm) at Matthew Knight Arena.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Steve Summers, Ken Goe and Adam Jude report on the first day of Spring Practice.

Steve Summers: The most hotly contested position battles going in to 2011 take place in the trenches, where both the offensive and defensive lines look to replace three starters a piece. 

On Tuesday, returning starters Mark Asper and Carson York were joined by Nick Cody, Ramsen Golpashin, and Darrion Weems as the starting "1's" on the offensive line. On the other side, senior Terrell Turner was joined by defensive tackles Ricky Heimuli and Taylor Hart, who look to help fill the voids left by departing seniors Brandon Bair and Zac Clark. Junior Dion Jordan bookended Turner at the other defensive end position.

Ken Goe: Lache Seastrunk showed an ability to hit the hole like a streak of lightning while working with Oregon's offense.

Part of it, running backs coach Gary Campbell said, is Seastrunk's improved command of the UO offense. But there is more to it.

"I think it's a knowledge thing," Campbell said. "And I think it's a determination to prove that he can do it. I think he was very disappointed that he didn't make the travel team last year, and he's determined to prove that he can play at this level and be a great player at this level.

"That seems to be his mindset just talking to him. I wondered if it was just a lot of talk and no show. But I was really impressed with him today."

Adam Jude: Darron Thomas debuted his new uniform No. 5. Unlike last year at this time, when he was coming off knee surgery, Thomas enters the spring healthy, looking to refine his role as both a play-maker and a leader.

He seems to start of the right foot today, showing good touch on a number of passes. His best throw during an 11-on-11 drill was a 50-plus-yard toss to Kenjon Barner, who got behind cornerback Troy Hill to haul in the long touchdown.

 Ted Miller said there are no distractions as Oregon began spring drills.

You know what his focus is on this spring? Guess. Correct. Kelly's focus is on "winning the day." 

"I know I sound like a broken record," he said. 

LSU is "not even on the radar."

Could college football be played on Sundays this year if there is an NFL lockout? Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott says he is considering the idea.


Chip Kelly Interview - Breakdown of Day 1 - Video

• Chip Kelly talks about the first day of practice and then Ken Goe (sigh) gives his perspective on how things went. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 John Hunt says the Ducks have the loftiest of expectations heading into the start of Spring Practice today.

The Ducks have much work to do and, fortunately for them, there are many days to be won between now and Sept. 3, when they open the 2011 season in Arlington, Texas, against LSU.

With the opener five months away, and against a top-five team -- not to mention another tough game against Nevada and a Pac-12 opener against Arizona in Tucson -- the results of Oregon's offseason work will be quickly apparent.

 Rob Moseley previews the defensive backs and special teams.

Special Teams: The Ducks are in outstanding position from a special teams perspective entering 2011. Placekicker Rob Beard, punter Jackson Rice and snappers Drew Howell and Jeff Palmer all return, along with a host of talented returners.

Beard and Rice should be expected to mature into elite players in the conference among kickers.

Defensive Backs: Along with running back, this is the position where Oregon has the best pairing of talent and depth entering the spring. 

Cliff Harris and  John Boyett are top-flight Pac-12 players at their positions, and Eddie Pleasant figures to make strides after moving from linebacker to safety a year ago and starting last season.

 Ted Miller has the Pac-12's 3-headed monsters defined as the best threesomes from each of the three levels of defense: defensive line, linebacker and defensive back. He has Oregon in the four slot.

DE Terrell Turner, LB Josh Kaddu, CB Cliff Harris

The Skinny: Two solid returning starters and a second-team All-Pac-10 cornerback who figures to be a preseason All-American after earning second-team honors from the Associated Press and Walter Camp Football Foundation in 2010.

Miller also believes Oregon is very secure when it comes to their backup for the QB position, Bryan Bennett.

 Adam Jude reports that sophomore DB Marcus Davis is not returning to the football team.

 The Ducks lost the first game against Creighton last night, 84-76, in the best of three series for the CBI Title. The next game will be tomorrow night at Matthew Knight arena.

 Dale Newton wants the truth as he asks key questions heading into Spring Practice.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 John Hunt previews the defensive backs as we look ahead to the start of Spring Practice which opens tomorrow.

Cliff Harris and John Boyett are back, and so is strong safety Eddie Pleasant. Anthony Gildon, the other corner, is back, but who will back them up? 

There is Scott Grady, the quintessential toolsy but unproven corner. There’s Dior Mathis, fast enough to run the 60 meters for Oregon in the offseason, as well as impressive redshirt freshmen Terrance Mitchell and Troy Hill to go with solid Avery Patterson.

Dale Newton takes a trip down south where they are looking to do a little Duck hunting and then collaborates with FishDuck to completely dissect the new offensive schemes we saw in the BCS National Championship game.


Monday Reruns - Washington vs Oregon Highlights 2010 - Video

Duck Fan Perspective - Oregon vs. Washington 2010 from Fowlplay2010 on Vimeo.

 As we look back at the 2010 conference games, courtesy of Fowlplay2010's "fan perspective" videos,  we get up to #6 on the list against USC. Oregon had no trouble as they crushed the Dawgs 53-16.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Top 10 Oregon Ducks Defensive Plays of 2010-11 - Video

One of my subscribers, "lotzofboldts", asked that I create this video and even selected his top ten favorite plays. I don't know that I whole heartedly agree with the choices but you be the judge. Enjoy the show.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 John Hunt previews the linebacker position heading into Spring Practice on Tuesday.

Michael Clay, who made a name for himself with a 64-yard rumble against Oregon State, can step into Spencer Paysinger’s spot or Casey Matthews’ spot, as well. Clay was eighth on the team in tackles last season, ahead of starter Josh Kaddu.

Kaddu and Boseko Lokombo gave the Ducks big play ability on the strong side. Kaddu had 6 ½ tackles for loss; Lokombo broke up three passes and recovered three fumbles.

 Dale Newton says the Pac-12 should be scared as Oregon learned a thing or two playing against Auburn and will improve the running game this spring and summer.

I'll have another video posted later today on the Top 10 Defensive Plays of 2010-11 so stay tuned.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Top 15 Oregon Ducks Touchdowns of 2010-11 - Video

I decided to make this video after reading a post by Takimoto at Addicted to Quack this last week. If you enjoyed the video please take a moment and subscribe to all of my Oregon videos.

Enjoy the memories.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley leads off with a preview of the defensive backs and the special teams.

Defensive backs: Along with running back, this is the position where Oregon has the best pairing of talent and depth entering the spring. Cliff Harris and  John Boyett are top-flight Pac-12 players at their positions, and Eddie Pleasant figures to make strides after moving from linebacker to safety a year ago and starting last season.

The Ducks must replace graduated senior Talmadge Jackson III, and can turn to a guy in Anthony Gildon who has made eight career starts.

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: Gildon or one of the young guys cements himself as a starter, giving the Ducks a set rotation entering fall camp.

Special Teams: The Ducks are in outstanding position from a special teams perspective entering 2011. Placekicker Rob Beard, punter Jackson Rice and snappers Drew Howell and Jeff Palmer all return, along with a host of talented returners.

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: The kickers emerge healthy, having improved both the consistency and accuracy of their kicks.

 John Hunt previews the defensive line.

Taylor Hart and Wade Keliikipi were both second on the depth chart, behind Brandon Bair and Zac Clark, last season, and they figure to move right up to the No. 1 unit. At the other end, it could be the lanky but very strong Dion Jordan, who it could be Brandon Hanna.

 Ted Miller looks at the Pac-12's three-headed monsters, which he defines as elite combinations of quarterback, running back and receiver. He has Oregon at number two behind Stanford.

Oregon - QB Darron Thomas, RB LaMichael James, WR Lavasier Tuinei

The skinny: James is the best RB in the country. Thomas is one of the nation's best QBs. Tuinei is a big target who caught 36 passes last year. You could flip the Cardinal and Ducks here and probably not get much argument from neutral observers. (Neutral observers, Ducks fans).

Dale Newton has an interview with DT Jared Ebert and takes a close look at the defensive line


Friday, March 25, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Andy Mac is back and ready to talk football.

Cliff Harris and LaMichael James have been named to the 12th-annual preseason All-America team. Harris earned a first-team distinction as both a cornerback and punt returner, while James is a first-team running back. Both players are entering their junior seasons.

 John Hunt previews the receiving corps and the offensive line.

Receivers: Lavasier Tuinei, the rangy target and tenacious blocker, caught 36 balls in 11 games. David Paulson averaged a whopping 17.4 yards a catch, and most of those were of the crucial, drive-sustaining variety. Josh Huff caught 19 balls for a 15.9-yard average and averaged 17.8 more yards on 12 rushes.

Behind Paulson are Brandon Williams, a bruising specimen who caught two passes for 48 yards but saw the field only in special situations, and Curtis White, another big, athletic target who redshirted last season.

OL: Darrion Weems, who started six games in 2010 should claim a tackle spot, and Ryan Clanton, coming off a redshirt season, should be ready to step in, too – perhaps at center. Nick Cody has experience, too, to go along with returning starters Carson York and Mark Asper.

In the past two years, the Ducks have brought in a barge-full of talented bodies for the O-line. To expect any of those true and redshirt freshmen to be ready to contribute in 2011, however, would be asking a lot, but perhaps not of Hroniss Grasu if he impresses at center.

Ted Miller has an early look at potential Pac-12 Heisman candidates which includes LaMichael James and Darron Thomas.

Dale Newton takes a look at how former Oregon players are positioned for the NFL draft and then notes that DT Jared Ebert will make it to campus in time for Spring Practice.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley continues his positional previews with a look at the linebackers.

Michael Clay will take the next step from dependable reserve to full-time starter, assuming all goes well for him this month. One of the more intriguing guys to watch this spring on the entire team could be Josh Kaddu,, because he could help in a lot of ways come fall. A full-time starter at SAM in 2010, Kaddu could easily return at that spot this year. But Bo Lokombo is an impressive talent behind him, and the Ducks have needs elsewhere that Kaddu could potentially fill, such as the hybrid defensive end position manned by Kenny Rowe, or SAM linebacker. Since the Ducks like to play two-deep at linebacker as much as possible, the key to freeing up Kaddu for more responsibility as a senior could be redshirt freshman Derrick Malone.

Very positive reviews have trickled out of Oregon's offseason conditioning workouts about Kiko Alonso, the middle linebacker who emerged as a redshirt freshman special teams force in 2009. Alonso is a physical, mobile player who has bulked up over the last couple years, and he has all the tools to be a force in the Pac-12. According to teammates, he has come all the way back from his knee injury and is moving well this winter.

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: Alonso confirms the reports of his progress by showing no ill effects from the knee while demonstrating a superior grasp of the defense.

 Bob Rickert is back with his random recruit of the week, QB Matt Davis. a gun-slinging, running, throwing, dual-threat quarterback out of Houston, Texas.

He's 6' 2", 200lbs. and ran and threw for around 1,400 yards each in his sophomore season. He also ran for 22 touchdowns and threw for another 14 TD's. Huge year as a sophomore but tore his ACL last year and missed most of the season. He's fully recovered and ready to go for his senior year. Back in mid-February he said he wanted to get out to Oregon and see it this summer. Let's hope he finds a way and holds true to that.

 Ted Miller looks at some impressive numbers on how big college football is in terms of the fans attending and watching games.

 Dale Newton likes what he sees in Christian French and thinks he could have a big impact in a year or two.

 Oregon took down Boise St. last night with a 79-71 victory at Matthew Knight Arena. I don't care if it is basketball, any win against the Broncos feels good.

Oregon will face Creighton, Dana Altman's former team in a best of 3 series that gets underway on Monday in Omaha. The Ducks will return home for a second and possibly third game next Wednesday and Friday. You can find ticket information on the home games here.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley previews the defensive line as we head in Spring Practice next week.

This group lost a ton to graduation -- three full-time starters -- leaving only one returning starter up front, defensive end Terrell Turner. The new starters at tackle figure to come from the trio of Taylor Hart, Wade Keliikipi and Ricky Heimuli. 

JC transfer Isaac Remington will look to prove he's worthy of playing time in the fall. Another JC player, Jared Ebert, is also in line to join the practice rotation this spring. At end, the Ducks also expect a big jump in development from end Dion Jordan.

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: Remington and Ebert look ready to help; JC defensive tackles usually need a year of playing in reserve before blossoming, and the Ducks can afford to play them in that role if Hart, Keliikipi and Heimuli capably compete for the starting jobs.

 John Hunt previews the running backs.

The Ducks have not only LaMichael James back, after he opted against turning pro, but also backup Kenjon Barner, who ran for 551 yards last season, including a 133-yard day against Oregon State.

With the Ducks needing to preserve James’ health, even with the season months away, and fully aware of Barner’s abilities, Lache Seastrunk should have every opportunity this spring to prove he can be a happy and productive back.

 Ted Miller looks at the potential members of his 2011 top 25 Pac-12 list.

 Jon Wilner has a closer look at how the new Pac-12 TV deal is coming along, an interesting read.

Dale Newton takes a good hard look at the difficult task of replacing center Jordan Holmes. Also, a very good read.


Stanford vs Oregon Highlights - Alex Trebek Style - Video

Jeopardy's Alex Trebek calls highlights from the 2010 game between the Stanford Cardinal and Oregon Ducks. Video courtesy of TheSolidVerbal.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley reviews the offensive line heading into Spring Practice.

The 2011 offensive line boasts 55 career starts, including 24 by right tackle Mark Asper and 22 for left guard Carson York. They are now the leaders of this group, and bring contrasting abilities to the table.

Just below Asper and York on the experience scale is left tackle Darrion Weems, who figures to be entrenched at his position after a breakout season in 2010.

The Ducks will first turn to underclassmen Karrington Armstrong and Hroniss Grasu in the attempt to identify a placement for Jordan Holmes.

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: Armstrong and Grasu have a healthy battle that brings the best out of both, securing the center position for 2011 and beyond.

 John Hunt looks at the QB's as the Oregonian start their position reviews heading into Spring Practice which starts next week.

Although Darron Thomas excelled in spring practice and fall camp last year, beating out Nate Costa and taking on leadership of the offense, the player who wowed was Bryan Bennett.

Thomas made many good throws. Bennett made plays – with his arm and with his legs – that had observers exchange wide-eyed smiles.

So this spring probably will hold no real quarterback competition (although coaches will say all jobs are up for grabs), but many will be watching Bennett’s progress.

 Oregon freshman outfielder Aaron Jones has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week for March 14-20, Commissioner Larry Scott announced yesterday.

 Rachel Bachman shares a nice story about an iconic waffle iron that just keeps giving.

 The Ducks extend their basketball season with a nice win over Duquesne last night, 77-75. Now they will face Boise St. in the semi-finals Wednesday night at Matthew Knight Arena. Tip-off set for 7p.m. local time.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Reruns - Oregon vs USC Highlights 2010 - Video

Duck Fan Perspective - Oregon vs. USC from Fowlplay2010 on Vimeo.

 As we look back at the 2010 conference games, courtesy of Fowlplay2010's "fan perspective" videos,  we get up to #5 on the list against USC. Oregon proved a point as they beat the Trojans 53-32.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Rob Moseley reports that the Portland Rose Festinal says the Oregon football team will serve as the Grand Marshall for the  2011 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. No word specifically on which players and/or coaches might participate.

Dale Newton wonders how good the Oregon passing can be in 2011 and 2012?

Here's the exciting thing:  Darron Thomas, a full-time starter as a sophomore in 2010, may be a better pure passer than Dennis Dixon was, and this season and next, he'll have the most awesome array of speed and receiving talent ever assembled at Oregon.

• The Duck baseball team swept the first two games of a four-game series against San Diego yesterday by the scores of 6-3 and 10-7 to extend their winning streak to five, the longest of the season.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller is down to the final two in his "top 25" best players in the Pac-10 last year and LaMichael James comes in at the #2 spot. With any "Luck" you'll be able to figure out who will get his #1 spot.

Making the case for James: For starters, he's Oregon’s first unanimous All-American. And he won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back. And he was a Heisman Trophy finalist. It's really, really hard to rank him No. 2, but, well, you all know who's next.

Ken Goe reports on two Texas high school coaches who defend the Ducks' recruiting practices.

Pat Brady, was LaMichael James' football coach at Liberty-Eylau of Texarkana, Texas.

"Nothing I've read, seen or heard has made me believe this is a shady deal," Brady said of the NCAA investigation into Willie Lyles' dealings with Oregon.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Rob Moseley has what he refers to as the "tentative" spring schedule posted which will culminate in the Spring Game on April 30th at 1p.m. local time. ESPN2 will be broadcasting the game just like last year.

Admission for the Spring Game again will be three non-perishable food items, which will be donated to Food for Lane County. Parking in the east Autzen Stadium lots, which will open at 10:30 a.m., will be $5 per automobile, with the Ducks’ Sports Shuttles also operating from select locations.

 Rob also reviews the tight ends heading into spring practice.

This position sets up sort of like quarterback for the Ducks, with one extremely proven commodity -- in this case David Paulson -- and a bunch of other intriguing, but largely unproven, options. You could do much worse, however, than a second-year senior starter who averaged 17.6 yards per catch and hauled in four touchdowns passes, as Paulson did a year ago. He's smart and tough and reliable, and his mobility is an asset, too.

 The baseball team heads south to California for a 5 game road trip which includes stops in San Diego and San Francisco.

Tickets are available either online, by phone, at the Cas Center or at Matthew Knight Arena for Monday's semi-final basketball game against Duquesne.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Ted Miller is down to his final four in the group of top 25 Pac-10 players from last year and Darron Thomas graces the number four spot.

Thomas isn't ranked way up here merely because he was the quarterback of record as a first-year starter for the Pac-10 champions. He's here because his numbers earned him this spot. Honestly, you really don't have to go much further than 35 total touchdowns. Not to cause a problem or anything, but do you know how many TDs Washington scored in 2010? That's right: 35. Heck, Oregon State scored 39.

 Rob Moseley previews the wide receivers going into spring practice.

With Jeff Maehl and D.J. Davis having graduated, the leaders at the position are now Lavasier Tuinei and Josh Huff. Both were nice complementary players for the Oregon offense last fall who face the challenge of developing into the go-to wideouts for the Ducks in 2011.

 The Pac-10 decided to make this video which debuts the new Pac-12 logo. Not a huge change.

 Dale Newton says the "2011 Ducks may be the greatest show on turf."

Chip Kelly has been laying in the weeds...He's a fiercely competitive guy.  Coming close and losing  burns at his soul. The Ducks will play offense with an edge in 2011, and the results will be Hall of Fame memorable.

 Jovean Catron led the Ducks to victory last night as Oregon took down Weber St. 68-59. Oregon will meet Duquesne in the quarterfinals which happens Monday night at 7 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena.

Last but not least, everyone here would like to wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day. A real shocker, I know, but I have decided to do something different and wear green today.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley had a couple of articles yesterday and the first one is on the "street agent" situation. While the U of O is being tight-lipped on the subject, RB coach Gary Campbell did have these comments in an interview with Fox Sports which I found interesting.

“I’m a little bit puzzled about this whole thing with Will,” Campbell told Fox Sports. “Will runs a legitimate scouting service. We have a lot of scouting services. He’s just one of them. I just don’t understand what the big deal about this scouting service and paying Will is all about.

“I don’t think Will did anything wrong. I mean, I know he didn’t do anything wrong with us because he knew that we weren’t going to do anything outside of the rules. I don’t know what he did with other people, but he never did anything with us. He never helped us. He just gave us information.”

Moseley also has his running back preview heading into Spring Practice.

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: The combination of James and Barner playing together has the defense's collective head spinning (albeit not so much as to cast doubt on that unit's progress).

Questions will linger into the summer months if: Seastrunk's development is slow for any reason, raising concerns about depth for the fall.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley started his position previews heading into spring practice with a look at the quarterback spot.

Without question, Darron Thomas is "the man" here, after beating out Nate Costa for the starting job last fall and holding onto it all season. He proved himself a tough leader with a solid grasp of the offense, completing 222-of-361 passes for 2,881 yards and 30 touchdowns to go with 486 rushing yards and five scores on the ground.

Nice to see a football story, it's been a long off-season.

 Former Oregon players Ed Dickson and Nick Reed talk about life in the NFL with KVAL news. One small problem all the players have, will they have a job come fall?

Plan on watching Oregon host Weber St. tomorrow night but don't have tickets? has all the details of how to catch the action on television.

Here are the three major cable/satellite providers stations for HDNet, which is the netowrk covering the action.

Comcast: 798 *** (in Oregon)
DIRECTV: 79 or 306
Dish Network: 362


Monday, March 14, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Oregon accepted a bid to play in the CBI. The first game, against Weber St., will be held Wednesday at 7pm local time at Matthew Knight Arena.

If Oregon gets by Weber State, it will play the winner of the game between Duquesne and Montana in one of four quarterfinal games on March 21. The semifinals are on March 23, and the teams will be re-seeded for those. The championship round is a best-of-three series, with games on March 28 and March 30 and, if necessary, on April 1.


Monday Reruns - UCLA vs Oregon Highlights 2010 - Video

Duck Fan Perspective - Oregon vs. UCLA 2010 from Fowlplay2010 on Vimeo.

As we look back at the 2010 conference games, courtesy of Fowlplay2010's "fan perspective" videos,  we get up to #4 on the list against UCLA. Oregon crushed the Bruins 60-13 and showed the nation why they were ranked #1.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley notes that Oregon will bring in a walk-on, Brennan Doty of Port Neches, TX now that QB recruit Jerrard Randall is no longer in the picture. Rob also shares a few links of interest.

 While the men's basketball team waits on word of a possible CBI invite it was announced that E.J. Singler was named to the All-Tournament Team after his superlative efforts in beating UCLA and ASU.

 The men's golf team had their best showing of the year placing second in the 16-team Bandon Dunes Championship after having the best final round of all teams.

 Success against BYU continued as the baseball team swept the series with a 10-0 shutout at PK Park yesterday.

 Jordan Hasay led Oregon to the women's title yesterday at the NCAA Indoor Tranck and Field Championship yesterday in Texas. Oregon had a team total 67 points. Texas finished a distant second with 38 points.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 No football news today, but all things considered, that's probably a good thing. On to other happenings in Oregon sports yesterday.

 Washington ended the men's basketball run through the Pac-10 tournament with a 69-51 victory. The team has proven themselves this year as they were tabbed to finish dead last in the Pac-10 which should give them something to build on for next year.

 Brianne Theisen set the collegiate record in the indoor pentathlon with 4,540 points. She betters her own record set earlier in the year. The Ducks are competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships being held at Gilliam Indoor Stadium in College Hill, TX.

Madison Boer had another good outing on the mound as the Ducks took down BYU 4-2 last night at PK Park. The baseball team is now back at the .500 mark with a record of 7-7. The final game of the series will be played today with a starting time of 1:00pm local time.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Ted Miller reports on how talks are going between  Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and the networks on a new TV deal.

“We’re in our negotiating periods with our incumbent partner. I’m not going to comment on the details or how that’s going, but I expect it’s going to take a fair few months to get through the process.” 

 At least one Portland resident feels like Eugene is the new sports capitol in the state of Oregon. Thanks Uncle Phil.

 The Oregon baseball team beat BYU yesterday at PK Park 6-3.

How about the men's basketball team knocking off UCLA last night? Don't know where all this energy is coming from but I like it. Next up are the Dawgs in the semi-finals tonight at 8:40pm local time.


Paysinger and Matthews Perform Drills - Video

• Spencer Paysinger, Casey Matthews,  performs in drills for Pro Day NFL scouts. Aaron Fentress then discusses how they did.Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.


Maehl, Bair, Paysinger and Matthews at Pro Day - Video

• Jeff Maehl, Brandon Bair, Spencer Paysinger, and Casey Matthews talk with reporters at the Mo Center yesterday after NFL scouts watched them perform at Pro Day. Videos courtesy of KVAL.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley reports that several former Ducks will be participating today in the annual Pro Day event at the Cas and Moshofsky Centers. Expected to attend the event, which is closed to the public, are; Casey Matthews, Spencer Paysinger, Jeff Maehl, and Javes Lewis.

The Ducks downed the Sun Devils last night in the Pac-10 basketball tournament 76-69. E.J. Singler picked a good time to have a career night as he had 22 points and made 4-5 three pointers. Next up is UCLA tonight at 6:10pm.


Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley relays the news that QB recruit Jerrard Randall, who passed his Act exam, won't be joining the Ducks after all. The U of O has tougher academic standards than just passing that test and he evidently would have been hard pressed to meet the more stringent requirements.

If there is a silver lining, it seems that DE Delvon Simmons wants to leave NC. The Ducks were high on his list at one point.

 Bob Rickert has his random recruit of the week, DE Alex Balducci from Portland's Central Catholic High School. He's listed at 6' 3" and 245 lbs.

Not really football related, except for the fact we drive right by it on our way to our favorite parking spot when heading to Autzen Stadium. It seems everyone had a great time last night at Matthew Knight Arena.

Nike put on the "Clash of the Champions" event Tuesday evening featuring tennis stars Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, and a surprise appearance from tennis legend John McEnroe.


Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 The National Football Foundation announced yesterday that 79 players and nine coaches are on the 2011 Football Bowl Subdivision ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame.

The ballot includes former Oregon QB Bob Berry (1962-64).

The 2011 Class will be inducted and enshrined simultaneously July 15-16 in South Bend, Ind.

 Bob Rickert reports that Jerrard Randall has qualified on his ACT score and is awaiting NCAA clearance. Once approved he intends to sign with Oregon and join the team this summer.


Monday, March 07, 2011

Monday Reruns - Oregon vs Washington St. Highlights 2010 - Video

Duck Fan Perspective - Oregon vs. WSU 2010 from Fowlplay2010 on Vimeo.

The third conference game in 2010 found the Ducks in Pullman to face off against the Cougs. Here is Fowlplay2010's "fan perspective" video of the game. Not the prettiest game of the year and there was the scary Barner moment but we left with a win, 43-23.


Sunday, March 06, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Ted Miller continues his countdown of the top 25 Pac-10 players of 2010 and has Jeff Maehl at #12.

The first-team All-Pac-10 receiver was simply one of the best players at his position in the nation. Maehl tied Samie Parker’s (2000-03) school records for receptions in a season (77) and a career (178). His 12 TD receptions -- 10 of which came in conference games -- ranked 11th nationally and tied the school record. His 24 career TD catches also matched the Oregon career mark. And many of his receptions were spectacular.

Maehl joins Kenny Rowe, Casey Matthews, Talmadge Jackson and Cliff Harris on Miller's list.

 OregonGridiron is looking for the "fans choice" when it comes to music on their highlight videos. Direct message them and you could have your song choice selected and featured on one of the videos and it will also be played at Autzen Stadium. You could probably leave a comment on this video as well.

In other Oregon sports news, the men's basketball and baseball teams lost on the road yesterday but Joevan Catron had a stellar game as he surpassed the 1,000 career point total. The softball team split a pair of games at the Super Regionals winning against #17 Louisiana-Lafayette but then losing later in the day to #1 Alabama.


Saturday, March 05, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 The latest chapter in the "recruiting probe" finds the NCAA asking for documents and Oregon fully complying. You can view a copy of the invoices in question here and here.

 Aaron Fentress has an interview with former Oregon recruiting coordinator Deryk Gilmore who states that he doesn't see anything "out of whack" with the amount paid for a National Package.

The package included game and highlight film from Texas, Florida, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Missouri, California, Virginia, Maryland, Mississippi, Alabama, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Oregon and Washington. It also is assumed to include contact names, addresses, phone numbers, school records and transcripts.

Another interesting tidbit in the article is that Oregon started using these types of services back in 2003 after failing to gain access to Adrian Peterson who was on Mike Bellotti's recruiting wish list.

Unless this investigation brings up new "facts" it appears nothing has been done that would warrant any NCAA reprisals. It is just too bad that all the negative attention is focused on Oregon. Guess that comes with the territory after a spectacular 2010 season.

I was watching the local news last night and it was mentioned that the beavs actually spent more than the Ducks last year for these types of services. I guess it wouldn't make good press and grab attention like a story about the Ducks.

In other Oregon news, the baseball team beat Long Beach State yesterday 5-0 behind Tyler Anderson who threw 8 innings of shutout ball.


Friday, March 04, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• The long awaited rumors are now coming out in the open, Oregon paid for recruiting services, like many other schools. The bigger question is; did anyone get steered to Oregon because of the payments?

Oregon denies any wrongdoing and is adamant that no NCAA rules were broken.

Apparently the NCAA will be in town today and will start asking questions.

There are a ton of stories about this but I will only provide links to a few of them. If you are looking for JC's negativity and hyperbole you won't find it here.

Here is the statement released by the Oregon Athletic Department.

Rob Moseley's story.

Dennis Dodd's report.

Ted Miller provides his take.

Dale Newton does a good job with his write-up.

Let's hope that Oregon's part in this story is indeed "within the guidelines" but it is a definite grey area. The NCAA might need to strengthen the rules concerning street agents, 7 on 7 mini-camps, specialized clinics and the like, to preserve the integrity of collegiate football.


Thursday, March 03, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 The Sporting News has Oregon at number three in the nation heading into spring practice just behind LSU and Alabama.

 The Pac-12 has decided not to renew the contracts of 11 members of  their football officiating crew after a major shakeup by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.

 Former Portland TV and radio personality Colin Cowherd said on ESPN radio that "a major program in this country is going to be outed very soon for major recruiting violations." Rumor has it he is talking about Oregon but take it with a grain of salt.

In other earth shattering news, NCAA president Mark Emmert said he would be glad to help create a playoff format to decide a national champion.

You're not likely to see any sort of playoff system in the foreseeable future in my opinion. There are just too many corporate sponsors in the current bowl system who would be dead set against it. Money talks.


Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley relays the news that two offensive linemen, Nick Rowland and Jamaal Burrell, won't return to the UO football team due to medical conditions.

Burrell has a heart condition and Rowland has a leg condition that preclude them from continuing, the report indicates.

We wish them the best.

 Ted Miller has a new story on the five biggest question marks heading into spring practice. For Oregon it is replacing the senior starters.

Bob Rickert has your random recruit of the week, DT Justin Solis.

At 6' 3", 295lbs. he's clearly going to be a prime target for every program in the Pac-12 and probably a lot of other schools across the nation. Oregon's one of the schools he says he likes at this point and honestly, why wouldn't he?

 Rumors have been circulating about a "top ten" program in hot water with the NCAA over possible recruiting violations. Oregon has been one of the teams mentioned but according to John Canzano's sources it isn't Oregon. The story supposedly will break today in the latest edition of SI.

Update 5:40am: Seems this is the article by SI in the rumor according to the Twitter feed this morning and that Pitt was the school, ho-hum...

Some of the football team members will be participating today in the O Heroes "Read Across America" program that will be holding an event at some local schools today.


Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Adam Jude shares the news that several players have taken new numbers for this season including Darron Thomas and Josh Huff. Thomas takes over Remene Alston's #5 and Josh Huff will grab DT's #1. Both Huff and Thomas preferred their new numbers as they wore them in high school.

Brandon Bair had a good showing at the NFL Combine yesterday and Casey Matthews did not compete because of a shoulder injury suffered on Sunday doing a bench press.

Rachael Bachman continues her series on Oregon athletic revenue with a story on how the Ducks hustle for everything they bring in.

• Very nice story on how the Nike Holy Grail, the waffle iron that was used by Bill Bowerman to inspire the first Nike "waffle sole" running shoe back in 1971, was found in a box stuffed in the corner of a cupboard.