Pac-12 South Division: WORST in the Power Five?

Mike Merrell Editorials 24 Comments

Everywhere you look, you see another article about how the Pac-12 sucks. But this isn’t about the entire Pac-12. The Pac-12 North has nothing to be embarrassed about, at least not in the high-profile worlds of football and basketball. Five of the six Pac-12 North members made bowl games this academic year, and three of them won. Going 3-2 in …

Three Players You Should Be Thinking About in 2019

Cameron Johansson Editorials 18 Comments

The 2019 Oregon Ducks football season has already generated a lot of hype, and it’s only May. During the offseason, Coach Mario Cristobal was out to secure a top-10 recruiting class, headlined by recruits such as Kayvon Thibodeaux and Mykael Wright. Quarterback Justin Herbert and linebacker Troy Dye are also returning for their senior seasons. With the returning seniors and …

Could a “Minor” Coaching Hire Save the Oregon Offense?

Darren Perkins Editorials 107 Comments

The offensive coaching staff was the biggest disappointment of the Ducks’ 2018 season. Some of you will hem and haw and throw out lame excuses like, “they need time to adjust to a new system,” or, “the wide receivers were sub-par,” or even, “a coach needs four years to get his system in place.” You get four years when you’re …

Female Athletics: What’s Saucy for the Drake Should be Saucy for the Hen

Jayme Vasconcellos Editorials 109 Comments

Recently on this site, it was argued that, since women’s sports typically don’t produce much revenue, the coaches of these sports should have drastically reduced salary increases. The precipitating event, the departure of softball coach Mike White, centered around his claim that five Pac-12 Championships and five College World Series appearances — in just nine years! — merited a salary …

Lawsuit Against NCAA Opens the Floodgates to Pay Players

Jon Joseph Editorials 54 Comments

Amateur athletes aren’t getting paid yet, but things are heading in that direction. The subject of compensation for student athletes has dominated the college football and basketball landscapes for years now. From Ed O’Bannon’s groundbreaking lawsuit to a handful of Northwestern football players attempting to unionize, it seems that the NCAA’s current structure is inching closer to a total facelift. …

Why the Patriots Win: A Blue Print for Mario Cristobal

Coach Tony DeMeo Editorials 54 Comments

The New England Patriots have clearly established themselves as a true football dynasty. They’ve dominated the NFL for the past two decades, but this hasn’t always been the case. Before Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the Pats were a laughing stock for years. How did this transformation take place? Let’s take a look at “The Patriot Way” and learn from …

HYPE: A Four Letter Word Harming Duck Success

Steven Smith Editorials 60 Comments

Ever feel really let down by a loss, especially an upset? It kinda ruins your weekend. A grey-blue pall overhangs one’s thoughts, feelings and attitudes for days on end. An entire lost season can crush our individual or collective spirits for even longer. How do you cope? Do you hit the sauce, snort something, rage at your spouse and kids, …

Mario’s Grill: Fizzle … or Sizzle?

Jayme Vasconcellos Editorials 74 Comments

Coach Cristobal is a quiet giant, but his challenge echoed throughout the Willamette Valley: “We’re firin’ this thing way up, take the heat or melt away!” This was revolution, not evolution — but was it just hot air? Let’s look at this season’s most successful NFL and FBS teams for traits and possible clues. First off, they’re all defensive juggernauts. …

Shades of Doubt … Does Oregon Football Have a Confidence Problem?

Mike West Editorials 43 Comments

The picture above speaks for itself: Win the Pac-12, go to the Rose Bowl. Dominate enough games and you have a shot at the Natty. In Chip Kelly’s years, this was a foregone conclusion. In Mark Helfrich’s, not as much. Now Mario Cristobal is launching his effort to propel Oregon like a Phoenix from the ashes of the Empire formally known as “Fast Hard Finish.” Last season, …