The Surprising Rise of Oregon Basketball in 1944-1945!

Jim Maloney History

Entering the 1944-1945 basketball season, the Webfoots—as the Ducks were then known—were expected to field an inexperienced team that would dwell in the cellar of the Pacific Coast Conference’s Northern Division. Late 1944 was a momentous time. Not only was World War II raging in Europe and Asia, but here in the United States we had a presidential election pending. Locally, …

The Oregon Football Season of Surprising Sophomore Success

Jim Maloney History

The year 1928 was a bright one for Oregon sports but was also a decisive one for the United States as 1928 was a presidential election year. Republican Herbert Hoover versus Democrat Alfred Smith was the main event, but there was also a socialist candidate, Norman Thomas, in the mix. The Democrats tried to claim Hoover was not a United States citizen, however, …

Bowl-less, but one of the BEST Oregon Teams in Decades

Jim Maloney History

Can you imagine your beloved Ducks achieving a 9-1 record, winning a share of the conference championship, finishing the season ranked No. 8, and not going to a bowl? Well, imagine it, because it happened to Oregon’s 1933 team. While 1933 is a way back, this is a piece of Duck football lore everyone should know and be proud of, as this …

Howard Hobson and the Golden Age of Oregon BASEBALL

Jim Maloney History

Oregon fans know of the “Tall Firs”—winners of the 1939  NCAA National Basketball Championship—by famous players like Admiral John Dick and Tall Firs coach Howard “Hobby” Hobson. Yet few realize that coach Hobson also coached the University’s baseball team, achieving nearly the same level of success that he did with his basketball program. The Oregon Ducks experienced a golden age in baseball from the …

Where Are They Now? Oregon Offensive Coordinators Post-Bellotti

Jim Maloney History

Oregon has had some pretty exciting offenses over the years, and those offenses have been led by some of the best minds in the business. Some Duck offensive coordinators have had relatively unremarkable careers after leaving Oregon, others went on to great accomplishments. Several years ago, I wrote an article on the offensive coordinators who coached at Oregon prior to Mike Bellotti. It’s …

Ducks Fans: Please Don’t Flush the ‘Toilet Bowl’

Jordan Ingram Editorials, History

While everyone is cooped up in their respective dwellings and wondering if the University of Oregon football team will play this fall, it seems like a good opportunity to take a look into the ugly, not-too-distant past of one the most memorable games ever played — The Toilet Bowl. On November 19, 1983, the Ducks hosted their in-state rival Oregon …

Beating Michigan in 2003: “How Sweet it Was!”

Charles Fischer History

Remember the Michigan game at Autzen that was a life experience? My gosh it was electric that beautiful fall day with such a big game that went back-and-forth with a very dramatic ending. It helped to forge many of the things said about Autzen … especially from the Wolverine Coach Lloyd Carr and his legendary quotes. I am working in …

The Worst Game Ever Played at Autzen

Mark Weinrott Editorials, History

Duck fans interested in time-traveling to Eugene may want to skip Sept. 20, 1975.  That Saturday evening, Oregon and the San Jose Spartans played the most boring game in Autzen Stadium’s 50-year history. Yes, even worse than the infamous 0-0 “Toilet Bowl” versus OSU in 1983.  The latter, amidst a November monsoon, was more an exercise in survival than an …