Recruiting Update: Elite Prospect Calls Oregon His “Dream School”

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Recruiting is a funny business. Many prospects prefer to keep things close to the vest and aren’t comfortable with the media circus that their play draws. Others welcome the limelight and use their high-profile statuses to build their brands and tour schools across the country. Trinity Christian, Tex. cornerback Dwight McGlothern definitely falls into the latter category. Most recruits are …

Is This the End of the Road for the Cinderella Ducks?

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Winning the Pac-12 Tournament as a sixth seed was improbable. Upsetting fifth-seeded Wisconsin was spectacular. And advancing to the Sweet 16 was euphoric, given the Ducks’ struggles during the regular season. But all of those achievements pale in comparison to the task that the Ducks have ahead of them. The Virginia Cavaliers have become the gold standard for regular-season dominance, …

The Sky’s the Limit for the High-Flying Ducks

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Friday night, as the Ducks waited for the final seconds to expire on a dominating 72-54 victory over the fifth-seeded Badgers, one thing became exceedingly clear. This team is dangerous — very dangerous. It’s time to put the “underdog,” “feel-good,” “ragtag” narrative to rest. The Ducks are a talented, hungry and skilled group of players, with a coach who is …

Recruiting Update: Are the Ducks on QUACK WATCH?

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The start of spring football marks a critical point on the recruiting calendar. It’s one of the busiest times of the year, as prospects use this time to travel across the country and see what each program has to offer. The Ducks have already kicked things into gear, with over a dozen prospects expected to make the trip to Eugene …

Recruiting Update: The Avantae Williams Saga

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While fans waited in anticipation as the Ducks finished off their 2019 recruiting class, the coaches on staff were busy laying the groundwork for the 2020 class behind the scenes. Their diligence paid off, as the Ducks already have a couple of commitments for the 2020 cycle. The headliner is Deeland, Fla. athlete Avantae Williams: a 5’11, 170-lb. missile who …

Recruiting Update: Finding the Quarterback of the Future

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By now, Duck fans are well aware that Mario Cristobal is an ace recruiter. At Alabama, Cristobal was named the 2015 “Recruiter of the Year” by both Rivals.com and 247Sports. Four years later, he’s still going strong, securing the Ducks’ best-ever recruiting class this offseason. But he won’t spend the next six months resting on his laurels. Recruiting is a year-round …

Where Will the Ducks Turn to Replace Leavitt?

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One of the most complicated coach/coordinator pairings in the country has lasted for only a season. The news that 247 Sports reported on Wednesday was confirmed in a press release from Oregon on Thursday: defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt and the Ducks have “mutually reached an agreement to part ways.” The timing may have been unexpected, but few thought that Leavitt would stay …

Can the Ducks Go From the Hunter to the Hunted?

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People say that pressure makes diamonds. Fans of Oregon football hope that’s the case in 2019. After a couple of years flying under the radar, the Ducks are firmly back in the national picture. They stunned the country with their blistering recruiting performance, locking in a top-10 class for the first time in program history. And they were the talk …

Would Playoff Expansion Help or Hurt the Pac-12?

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On Championship Saturday, after all the games had concluded and the festivities died down, uneasy fans of Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State waited in angst. Three playoff spots had already been locked up, and all that was left was a single slot for three worthy contenders. How could Georgia — a team that gave the overwhelming favorite Crimson Tide everything …

Oregon’s Success Hinges on Cristobal’s Adaptability

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Oregon’s offense underachieved in 2018. The offensive unit had a variety of issues throughout the season, and those issues were alarmingly prevalent in the Redbox Bowl against a feisty Michigan State defense. Although the Ducks earned a hard-fought victory, it wasn’t because of their offense, which struggled to establish any sort of rhythm throughout the game. Oregon finished with a …

Ponder-Point: What Did YOU Learn From the Natty?

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It was billed as the biggest National Championship Game since the legendary meeting between USC and Texas in 2006. The unheard of fourth straight postseason matchup between Alabama and Clemson had all the makings of an instant classic. The field was littered with future NFL draft picks. The opposing quarterbacks were among the best in the sport. And head coaches …