Author: Jim Maloney

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, five sophomores from the 1971-72 freshman team, and three walk-ons, […]

The Fighting Ducks Came Marching Home Oregon’s 1942 football season had turned out to be a major disappointment, finishing 2-6 with a roster that had managed to beat the eventual Rose Bowl bound 7-4 UCLA Bruins.  To make matters worse, even though the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) had voted to allow freshman eligibility in December 1942, it […]

Floyd Rhea – One “Scrappy” Lineman

©University of Oregon Libraries – Special Collections and University Archives”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 Rhea’s […]