Author: Jim Maloney

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The Rise and Fall of the Kamikaze Kids

Following Oregon’s disastrous 1971-72 season, Dick Harter was finally able to land his first outstanding recruiting class that included guard Ronnie Lee, guard/forward Mark Barwig, forward/center Bruce Coldren, and center Geoff Nelson.  Along with the holdovers from Harter’s 1971-72 team,...

When Ducks Truly Went to War… 2

When Ducks Truly Went to War…

By Jim Maloney and Don Smalley “A day that will live in infamy.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke those words to the United States Congress Dec. 8, 1941, a day after the Japanese surprised the world with their attack on...

Floyd Rhea – One “Scrappy” Lineman 0

Floyd Rhea – One “Scrappy” Lineman

“Black Momba”.  “Super Mariota”.  New additions to a prolific history of great Duck nicknames.  Another great one?  “Scrappy.”   As in, Floyd “Scrappy/Scrap Iron” Rhea, one of the more interesting linemen to play for Oregon in the early 1940’s. Born in...

When Hayward Field’s Magic Worked For The Ducks 0

When Hayward Field’s Magic Worked For The Ducks

It has been almost 30 years since Oregon won its last NCAA men’s outdoor track and field championship.  The Ducks men’s team won its last outdoor championship in 1984.  One of the fascinating facts about Oregon’s track and field history...

Cotton – The Webfoots’ Consolation Prize 0

Cotton – The Webfoots’ Consolation Prize

Immediately following the conclusion of the Pacific Coast Conference games on November 21, 1948, the Conference’s faculty representatives convened by telegraph to cast their votes for the P.C.C.’s representative in the 1949 Rose Bowl game.  While the vote was 6...

The Stretch Run for the Roses 0

The Stretch Run for the Roses

Coming off its decisive victory over Washington State, Oregon was ranked 14th in the country with five wins and one loss. The remainder of the regular season schedule included a final home game against the St. Mary’s Gaels, and three...

Michigan – A Game of Firsts for Oregon 3

Michigan – A Game of Firsts for Oregon

  Coming off a lackluster performance against against a mediocre Stanford team, Oregon would be on the road for the second consecutive week.  This time the trip would be to Ann Arbor to face the Michigan Wolverines, who were coming...