A Title Remains Elusive, but Greatness is Already Ours

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In the wake of Oregon’s loss to Ohio State in the national championship game, it is perhaps inevitable that we stop and assess the state of Duck football: both how far we’ve come and what it takes to make that final step. One senses two disparate facts: that Oregon has cemented itself as one of the premier programs in college …

The Precipice of Immortality

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Four years ago, we as Oregon fans experienced both our proudest moment and our most heartbreaking: a national championship lost on the last play of the game. At the time, as much as we wanted our beloved Ducks to break through against Auburn and win the title, it was still hard to even believe the amazing heights to which the Ducks …

Cowboy Comments: Blown Out, but Undaunted

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Wyoming’s head coach and players praise Oregon but take inspiration from many successful moments against the Ducks Although the score line of Saturday’s game was a comfortable 48-14 win for Oregon, the Wyoming Cowboys can hold their heads high under their 10-gallon hats after consistently racking up yards against the Ducks throughout the game. Wyoming ran more plays than their …

Harrington’s new Scholarship funds Quarterbacks of Community

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Seventeen years ago this spring, Joey Harrington was a senior at Portland’s Central Catholic High School with a big future ahead of him: a legendary football career at Oregon that would make him the school’s first Heisman Trophy finalist, then seven years as an NFL quarterback and finally the broadcasting career he enjoys today.  And from the time he entered …

A Game to Build a Dream On

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It took a little time on Saturday night at the Moda Center for both the Ducks and their fans to come alive.  Make no mistake: the atmosphere was festive, with a crowd of yellow and (in Illinois’ case) orange-clad fans enjoying a back-and-forth game from wire to wire.  But by the final whistle, it was clearer than ever that this …

Monday Validation

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from Video Call it a tale of three birds: the Eagle, the Ducks and eating crow.  Or maybe, just maybe, you can call it the ultimate validation of Oregon football on a grand scale. When Monday Night Football debuted on September 9, one could feel the eyes of the sports-watching nation focused resolutely on the game between Washington and Philadelphia. …

John McKay, John Robinson, and the USC-Oregon coaching tree

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In 1959, Oregon was only a year removed from its first Rose Bowl appearance in 39 years. Coach Len Casanova had, after three losing seasons to begin his tenure from 1951-54, built the Ducks into a consistent winner. Although the 1958 season had been a disappointment, with Casanova’s team going 4-6 in its conference-title defense, the team’s greatest victory that …