Of the 23 members of the 2010 class, 12 played in the Ducks’ Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin, with five getting a starting assignment: Huff, center Hroniss Grasu, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, plus Maldonado and Howell.
...The 2010 recruits still on the roster, figure to have an even greater role in 2012 as Oregon tries for a third consecutive top-five finish.
• Benzduck opens the history books and looks at "how to hire the wrong coach by committee" circa 1972. The coach in question, Dick Enright.
Enright had the shortest tenure of any non-wartime Oregon head coach since 1931. After six wins in two years, accompanied by defensive ineptitude and declining attendance, his decision to publicly complain about the team’s coaching facilities was the last straw. He was dismissed in December 1974. He learned of his termination from a reporter via telephone.
His football program having hit rock bottom, and amid suggestions that the Big Sky Conference was more appropriate for Oregon’s athletic efforts, Norv Ritchey resigned as athletic director in 1976, shortly before his last coaching hire, Don Read, was terminated.
The Suffering was well under way.
• We all had a scare when the rumors surfaced of Chip Kelly going to the NFL. This writer says we had better be prepared because it's only a matter of time.
And as time moves forward, it would behoove Oregon fans to remain in the “acceptance phase.” Because, as Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel smartly observed Monday, this is the new reality for Oregon. Tampa Bay was not the first NFL team to show interest in Kelly, and it certainly won’t be the last. At some point, Kelly will take the bait and move on to a new opportunity. Maybe next year. Or the year after that. But it will happen, and perhaps it’s best to accept that now.
This process will play out all over again sometime in the near future, no matter how high Oregon climbs.