Brave New World of NIL, College Athletes and Kool-Aid

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Did you know that Alabama freshman cornerback Ga’Quincy “Kool-Aid” McKinstry signed an endorsement deal with, wait for it,  Kool-Aid? Yup. It’s a new era of college football. For the first time ever, collegiate athletes are able to receive financial compensation for their name, image and likeness, or NIL, opening up a flood gate of cash for advertising and endorsement deals. Let’s be …

Targeting Calls Are Ruining College Football

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Targeting penalties are ruining college football. These well-intentioned fouls have sucked the enjoyment out of the game. The penalty is too subjective, punishment too harsh. Something’s gotta change. Every team has experienced a questionable targeting call. Last week, the No. 8 Oregon Ducks had two targeting penalties in their loss to the unranked Stanford Cardinal, including one joy-killing penalty during …

Oregon Football: Ducks Win Again, But Fans Keep Bellyaching

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Here’s a hot take: There are WAY too many Oregon “fans” kvetching on social media. Change my mind. Granted, expectations were high for the No. 4 Oregon Ducks’ (3-0) return to Autzen Stadium after winning arguably the biggest game in program history by defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes (2-1) at the Horseshoe, 35-28. After all, the Ducks had an FCS …

Oregon Football: Ducks Shock Buckeyes, Prove Haters Wrong

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Don’t underestimate Mario Cristobal or his Oregon Ducks. For the past week, everyone from Ducks fans to mainstream talking heads did not know what to make of No. 12 Oregon Ducks‘ season opener against the Fresno State Bulldogs. While the defense was impressive, Oregon’s offense seemed kind of stale and uninspired in a game that was way too close for …

Oregon Football: Ducks’ Victory Lacks Championship Flavor

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Better buckle up, Ducks fans, this could be a bumpy ride. If there’s anything I have learned over the course of Oregon Head Coach Mario Cristobal’s tenure thus far, it’s that his teams are loaded with talent but they aren’t going to run away with every game before halftime by racking up video game stats. Cristobal delivers hard-nosed, smash-mouth, slow …

Oregon Sports Roundup: Olympics, MLB, Mustaches and FishDuck Goodbyes

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Well, friends, I guess George Harrison said it best: “All things must pass.” As some may know, I will be leaving FishDuck in the near future as life and events necessitate a change. And with it, I will miss all the talented writers and editors who dedicated hours, days, weeks and months of their spare time to bring you stories …

Oregon Football: Do Blue Chip Commits Balance Loss of Slade-Matautia?

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Alright, Ducks fans. If you’re like me, you woke up shocked to learn that four-star linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia was entering the NCAA transfer portal. It’s official — the 6-foot-1, 235-pound Hawaiian native will likely finish his college football career somewhere else, perhaps closer to home? In three years, Slade-Matautia had 131 total tackles, with 12 tackles for a loss and …

Is Oregon the New Destination for Nation’s Top Linemen?

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I never thought I’d live to see the day when the Oregon Ducks football team became known for developing some of the nation’s finest talent in the offensive trenches. Growing up in the 80s, it felt like the Ducks’ offensive line was more decorative than utilitarian. Running lanes were quickly clogged with faster and stronger defensive ends, and nearly every …

Oregon Softball: Recent Player Departures Cause for Concern?

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Nothing hurts more than losing in the postseason, especially when you are eliminated by the school’s former coach. But as the Oregon Ducks softball team accepts the season’s finality, Ducks head coach Melyssa Lombardi will also have to reckon with the departure of three players to the transfer portal. Infielders Alyssa Brito, Mya Felder and Jazzy Contreras all announced their …

Is Syracuse Transfer Guerrier What Oregon Hoops Needs?

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Once again, the Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team will have some big shoes to fill in the offseason. But just like so many years past, head coach Dana Altman has already started making moves, especially in the transfer portal. With the absence of Eugene Omoruyi, Chris Duarte and LJ Figueroa, the Ducks need some help and experience at the forward position. …

Is Oregon Softball Ready for Matchup Against White’s Longhorns?

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It’s always awkward running into an ex-girlfriend after breaking up. I’d imagine the same goes for players and coaches. And for the Oregon Ducks (37-15, 14-10 Pac-12) softball team, the NCAA Regional tournament in Austin, Texas, offers the top-ranked squad an opportunity to square off against former Ducks: Texas Longhorns head coach Mike White and players Shannon Rhodes, Mary Iakopo …

Oregon Softball Battle Bruins in Marquee Series Matchup

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The battle for first place in the Pac-12 Conference and national polls was raging this weekend in a four-game series between softball powerhouses No. 3 Oregon Ducks and No. 2 UCLA Bruins in front of the largest crowds of the year at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene. Yes, more than 600 lucky fans were in the stands to cheer on …