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. …