Worst to First: Rating Head Football Coaches in the Pac-12

Steven Smith Editorials 19 Comments

Fall is both football season and back-to-school time, so let’s grade head coaches in the Pac-12. They need most of the following for success:           The late great Bum Phillips said it best about top football coaches: “He can take his’n and beat yourn and take yourn and beat his’n.” The best coaches adapt and mold players into cohesive units, finding …

Oregon Ducks Football: Getting “Juiced?”

Brent Pennington Editorials 31 Comments

The two previous football seasons were torture for Oregon fans. Our expectations of winning, even the national title, were crushed as mediocrity, confusion and mistakes became the norm, replacing the dominance, resourcefulness and the high-scoring Ducks performances we had become so accustomed to. The Ducks’ 2016 defense became a doormat of Division I teams. Another year in sports is fast unfolding. …

Mama’s Bigger, Stronger Guys and Ducks Football

Brent Pennington Editorials 11 Comments

I have often thought in the past few years about bigger, stronger and faster football players at Oregon.  I guess that’s because of the success and the overall upward trajectory of the UO football program over the last seven or so years.  Some of that thinking was propelled by Chip Kelly’s “big guys beat up little guys’ illustration.  Some of it …

2017 Oregon Football: Unlike any Season EVER

Charles Fischer Editorials 25 Comments

My friends, the title above is true. I am still blown away just thinking about it. As a 30-year season ticket holder and lifelong observer of Oregon football, I have never gone into a Spring or Fall Football Season like 2017, and it will be that way for all of us; we have never had a season in our lifetime that …