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    What Ever Happened to Those Offensive Coordinators Before Mike Bellotti?

    Over the past several decades, Oregon has had a number of offensive coordinators with rates of success all over the board. Most of us are familiar with College Football Hall of Fame recent inductee Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich, who eventually became Oregon …

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    The Enigma That Was Jim Evenson

    There was a time, in the darker days of Oregon football, that Len Casanova managed to land a highly-prized fullback — Jim Evenson.  He was touted as the kind of running back who could help turn a program around. Evenson was born in 1947 in Hillsboro, …

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    Do You Remember When the Globetrotters Came to Eugene?

    What were a person’s entertainment choices in Eugene on a Tuesday night in February, 1943?  It was the height of World War II and choices were limited.  You could go dining and dancing at The Holland, go ice skating, or catch a double feature at …

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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, five sophomores from the 1971-72 …

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    Dick Harter — King of the Kamikazes

    For a school that boasts an NCAA title and two Elite Eight appearances this century, its noteworthy that its teams from nearly four decades ago would remain arguably the most memorable and popular in program history.  The “Kamikaze Kids” are legends at Oregon, as is …

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    Sophomores Lead Oregon to the Big Dance

    The Oregon men’s basketball team is currently in a dogfight for the PAC-12 title and, barring a total meltdown, will almost certainly reach the NCAA tournament in March.  How far into the tournament can this team go?  That same question was being asked in 1960. The 1958-1959 version …

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    The Eugene Bombers: Ducks and Beavers United — Briefly

    ©University of Oregon Libraries – Special Collections and University Archives On the eve of this year’s Civil War game between Oregon and Oregon State many, if not most,  fans don’t know that some Ducks and Beavers football players were once actually teammates on Eugene’s only professional …

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    The Fighting Ducks Came Marching Home

    www.ohsu.edu 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 …

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  • 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 Pearl Harbor just the day …

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  • 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 Rhea’s Mill, Arkansas on September …

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