The Dark Side of NCAA Recruiting Rules: Unofficial Visits

Cody Lonning Editorials 13 Comments

Willie Taggart and Company’s recruiting success is impressive by any measure. But once you understand how the NCAA stacks the deck, Oregon’s 2018 class ranking becomes jaw dropping. One of the reasons we love football so much is that there are clear rules about victory: the team with the most points wins. But even in athletic competition, the means of …

Oregon Ducks Recruiting Update: Running Back Travis Dye Is the First 2018 Commitment

Norm Hightower Recruiting 3 Comments

Football Recruiting News The Oregon Ducks have landed their first verbal commitment for the 2018 recruiting class. During an unofficial visit for Oregon’s Junior Day, 3-star running back Travis Dye committed to head coach Willie Taggart and the Ducks. Dye confirmed his commitment to 247Sports later that day: “Yes sir, I have committed to Oregon.” The 5-foot-9 running back (90th-ranked …

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 …