Ducks Softball Shattering Records

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Amid the bright lights of a surprisingly deep NCAA basketball tournament run and the Ducks’ return to the gridiron for spring practice, the impressive run of Oregon’s #2 ranked softball team is going criminally under-reported.  The team is 30-4 in the year, 8-1 in conference, and crushing the opposition in nearly every category.  The girls in green score almost eight runs …

Can Oregon’s Offense Work Without a Star QB?

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With the NFL draft rapidly approaching and mock drafts coming in from every analyst with an internet connection, Oregon fans are getting used to the bittersweet feeling of seeing star alumnus Marcus Mariota top nearly every board in the country. Sweet because we love to see a young Duck take wing. Bitter because of the empty nest he’s leaving behind. Mariota owns nearly every …

Spring Practice Begins

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The Oregon Ducks open spring football practices on Tuesday, and the team is bound to look a little different from the dynastic dynamo that came up one game short of a national title in January. Gone are Heisman field general Marcus Mariota and line anchor Hroniss Grasu. Here to stay (hopefully) are a slew of fresh faces headlined by line-beasts Canton …

Oregon’s Tournament Path Opens

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A month ago we were wondering if we’d even get to see our Ducks put on their Dancing shoes at all. Now we’ve got a chance to see them go deep into March and show off those Cinderella slippers to the whole world. The NCAA’s West bracket opened up in a startlingly weak way yesterday, with 4th-seeded North Carolina and 5th-seeded Arkansas winning …

Duck Destiny: Five Teams That Are (Or Should Be) Looking at Marcus Mariota

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With the draft rapidly approaching and the football world gone totally wacky in free agency, there’s little certainty as to where our beloved Marcus may end up, and the dapper Duck’s future seems hidden in the smoke as our late season and early offseason predictions come down in flames. Nonetheless, there’s a picture taking shape in the wake of the first wave of free agency, …

Altman Named Pac-12 Coach of the Year

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Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman earned his second John Wooden Pac-12 Coach of the Year award on Monday, after his Ducks finished the season 23-8 (13-5). The Quack Attack won eight of its last nine to help Altman wrap up his 18th consecutive winning campaign. That accomplishment puts him in the company of basketball royalty; Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boheim, Bill Self, Tom Izzo and Stew …

What to Watch for in the Postseason

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The Oregon men’s basketball team continued to barrel down the stretch with another big win at Stanford last night, and with a second or third place finish in the Pac-12 now secured, March Madness is all but upon us. The victory all but locked the Ducks in as a middling seed for the Dance, and ensured Oregon would at least be competing on …

What Happened in Eugene: How the Ducks Changed Football Forever

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When a fresh-faced Chip Kelly brought his shiny new version of the spread to the University of Oregon, he probably didn’t know he was about to start a revolution that would take over football from top to bottom.  He probably didn’t know he was about to create an archetype that coaches and coordinators would break their blackboards over for the …

Ducks Go Dancing: Why We’re Out, Why We’re In

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Football season and the bittersweet buzz of another incomplete National Championship run may be over in Eugene, but this March Oregon fans may have another postseason to get excited about.  The surging Ducks have been the proverbial talk of the town ever since last Sunday’s big victory over #9 Utah. Speculation over their tournament chances are running wild and sports pundits across the nation are …

The Old Guards: Oregon’s Senior Backcourt

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On Senior Night Sunday, two Duck starters bid farewell to Matthew Knight Arena, though they hope they won’t be finished with Oregon basketball for a few weeks yet. Neither is over 200 lbs or taller than a modest 6’4″ but both leave giant-sized footprints on Kilkenny Floor. Point Guard Joseph Young is one of only two significant contributors left over from last …

Counterfeit Gear at All-Time High

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If the clothes do, in fact, make the man, we should make very sure that we don’t end up fake, right now. Oregon football’s meteoric rise to the national spotlight, its trademark gameday flash, and the recent recognition of Marcus Mariota by the Heisman committee have made us the target of counterfeiters across the country and around the world. Ask any kid where the …

Duck Dynamo Back on the Diamond

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Oregon baseball has something to look forward to in 2015, as former true freshman phenom Cole Irvin (SP) is expected to return after missing the 2014 season with a torn UCL. Irvin exploded onto the scene in 2013 with an Oregon single-season record 12 wins, taking only three losses including one on his second Saturday start against No. 13 UCLA, in which he …