Good Riddance, Willie Taggart

Cody Lonning Editorials 87 Comments

Thank goodness Willie Taggart left. As soon as the rumors started to swirl that he might leave for Florida State, I started hoping he would leave. Taggart’s initial handling of the rumors indicated that he was going to leave Oregon at the first opportunity (even if that didn’t end up being FSU). That would mean instability year after year until …

We Should Enjoy Every Husky Loss: Expand the Playoff

Cody Lonning Editorials 28 Comments

Every Husky loss, should result in pure joy. But I found myself oddly disappointed when Washington lost to Stanford on Friday. Barring something crazy (and with two of the top-3 teams losing this weekend, don’t count anything out), that game eliminated the Pac-12 from playoff contention. That’s a problem because the Pac-12 has the most parity of any conference and …

Should Oregon Fans Panic? Not After Utah.

Cody Lonning Editorials 23 Comments

In the beginning, Oregon’s 2017 season did not feel like its disastrous 2016 season, which resulted in the firing of the entire coaching staff. A new coach had already won the recruiting season by convincing key veterans to return (Royce Freeman and Tyrell Crosby), bringing in a stellar 2017 class and building the foundation of an historic 2018 class. But …

Making Excuses for Willie Taggart

Cody Lonning Editorials 37 Comments

In his first press conference as the Oregon Football head coach, Willie Taggart presented his organizing mantra: ”Make no excuses. Blame no one. Do something.” With few exceptions, Taggart has stuck to his commitment to make no excuses. But if Taggart won’t make excuses for the Ducks, somebody must because our expectations for this year should be tempered by the good …

How to Establish and Maintain Duck Dynasty

Cody Lonning Editorials 17 Comments

It might seem silly to talk about dynasty the Monday after a disastrous victory against California. Just as the Ducks started to look competent on both sides of the ball, Justin Herbert, Royce Freeman, and Dillon Mitchell suffered injuries. All of this coming at a time when the Ducks are already thin at quarterback (Herbert’s backup wasn’t practicing at quarterback …

Five Reasons the Ducks May Struggle in Willie Taggart’s First Year

Cody Lonning Editorials 57 Comments

Oregon fans are thrilled with Willie Taggart’s 3-0 non-conference debut. In the first half of each game, the Ducks have scored 42 points, and have looked like they could run the table. But their second-half offense has looked sluggish and uninspired. Where is the juice in the second half? The inferior quality of Oregon’s non-conference schedule amplifies this concern. Southern Utah and talent-starved Wyoming …

The Dark Side of NCAA Recruiting Rules: Unofficial Visits

Cody Lonning Editorials 13 Comments

Willie Taggart and Company’s recruiting success is impressive by any measure. But once you understand how the NCAA stacks the deck, Oregon’s 2018 class ranking becomes jaw dropping. One of the reasons we love football so much is that there are clear rules about victory: the team with the most points wins. But even in athletic competition, the means of …