“We all got a little smarter the day he decided to come back, or a lot smarter,” he joked. “It really says a lot him and hopefully what our program means to guys like him. Marcus is a special guy. You just can’t say enough about his character. When you talk to experts, to turn down an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come back and finish his business is a huge deal.”
■ Brian Mahuna can't wait to see what Marcus Mariota can do in 2014.
■ Mark Flores has the latest on Oregon football recruiting.
■ Dale Newton likes the work ethic of the 2014 recruiting class.
■ Ted Miller (courtesy of Athlon) looks at how the Pac-12 football coaching jobs stack up compared to the other conferences.
■ Tyson Alger says De'Anthony Thomas can change to script at Oregon's pro day later today.
■ Oregon survived against the beavs and advances to the quarterfinal round today in Las Vegas against UCLA (6pm) in the Pac-12 tournament.
■ George Horton talks about the upcoming Pac-12 schedule and his pitching rotation.