Chaotic Transfer Portal is Destroying College Football

Jordan Ingram Editorials

Fans have been going through some things since the regular season ended two weeks ago. Players are jumping from rosters like hot beans in bacon grease, fueled by the promise of more playing time and lucrative NIL deals. Gone are the days of program building from the ground up; coaches develop players from scratch with the hopes of eventually enjoying …

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Oregon Ducks Football: Can We Trust Dan Lanning?

Alex Heining Editorials

Dan Lanning is Oregon’s new head coach for the immediate future. Heading into bowl season, he has one 9-3 season so far under his belt with the Ducks, and now looks to cap off what looked to be a promising campaign with a solid bowl win against the North Carolina Tarheels. Mr. FishDuck discussed this topic with me after he decided …

Building Lanning’s Defense: The Linebackers

David Marsh Editorials

Dan Lanning’s defense this season did not live up to his standard, and it wasn’t even close. Oregon’s defense couldn’t get off the field on third downs and struggled to get any pressure on opposing quarterbacks. There were some bright spots, but on the whole, Lanning’s defense failed to get the job done. But now we are in transfer portal …

Oregon Women’s Basketball: Gritty and Worthy of a Certain Ionescu

Drex Heikes Editorials

We interrupt all this talk about football to alert you to something you might be missing. Oregon women’s basketball is roaring back from a two year slumber. For the first time since Sabrina Ionescu’s 2019-2020 team, the Ducks are consistently playing hard and smart. These young Ducks are 7-1, ranked 16th and beat Oregon State on Sunday to go 1-0 …

Lanning and Lupoi: Questions Reveal Grave Concerns or Oregon’s Upside?

DazeNconfused Editorials

We have had some provocative defensive analyses articles this week, and when I pulled Mr. FishDuck away for a bit–we both arrived at some similar thoughts about Oregon defense for 2023. We started this week with first reviewing the season, and then breaking down the Oregon State game while raising some great questions in the process. We have had some good discussions …

Late-Season Learning Lumps With Lanning and Lupoi

DazeNconfused Analysis

In yesterday’s article about Oregon’s defense in 2022, I raised some important questions for us to ponder going forward. Yet it is not complete without this new segment looking back at Oregon’s defense late in the season. It is not critical you read yesterday’s analysis prior to this installment, as they are distinctly different reviews. But I do suggest you …

Season Review: Lanning and Lupoi Pull A ‘Hoke’ Job

DazeNconfused Editorials

As I’ve followed and written about the Oregon Ducks defense, I’ve been thrown many twists and curveballs from what I expected coming into this year. The expectation was with our roster talent, and the genius defensive mind of new head coach Dan Lanning, our defense would be elite. What we witnessed instead was the Ducks worst statistical defense since Brady Hoke‘s …

Oregon Taking Portal Transfers is VERY Risky Business

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Editorials

As I start to dig into some of the fine-points of the transfer portal–I realize I’ve been looking at it primarily from the angle of the player, and not the program. Portal transfers can change a team remarkably, and the more I study and ponder it–the more my inclinations veer to sticking with high school recruits as often as possible, …

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Will the Transfer Portal Save Oregon Ducks Football?

Alex Heining Editorials

The transfer portal could entirely reshape the Oregon Ducks football program through 2023. The real question is: does it need saving? I posed this to Mr. FishDuck, who was intrigued enough to first ponder his selection of live dealer games at Bollywood, and then write his own thoughts in a Saturday article about the portal to accompany mine today. Well, …

People are Pretty Selfish: Should I Continue the OBD Forum?

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Editorials

The Our Beloved Ducks Forum has been a massive sociological experiment that I never saw coming…from so many angles.  So many surprises…so much confirmation of the goodness of people, yet so many heartbreaking moments for me. It has been an indictment of the current culture, one that is not limited to those who are young. These events with those who …

What is Oregon Football’s Standard?

David Marsh Editorials

Oregon finished the regular season with a record of 9-3 with losses to Georgia, Washington and Oregon State. Most programs would kill for a 9-3 record, but to Oregon fans, this feels like a lost season in which the Ducks failed to meet their own standard. Oregon is not a blue blood; we have never won a National Championship, but …

Expect the Holiday Bowl to Be a THRILLER

Joshua Whitted Editorials

Bowl games aren’t what they used to be. In the past, they were high-intensity matchups facing two evenly-matched teams in a game that would play a big role in determining a program’s trajectory moving into the following season. Teams were generally at full strength, and it was the final chance for many college superstars to give a farewell performance before …