Oregon Unknowns: Ducks still feeling the Byrne

Josh White Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 1 Comment

A new Friday series are the OREGON UNKNOWNS, where we look at interesting aspects about our beloved Ducks that few fans know about. Some are amusing facts or stories from the inside, while others are the humorous incidents that we fans rarely hear about. Emerging out of a dark era in Duck athletics, the University of Oregon needed to find …

The Bowl Game that Changed Oregon Football

Joey Holland History 3 Comments

Most Duck fans are familiar with the play that changed Oregon football. Kenny Wheaton’s early break on Washington quarterback Damon Huard’s pass deep in Duck territory and subsequent 97-yard touchdown return propelled the Ducks into the 1995 Rose Bowl and forever improved the program’s trajectory. The play was spectacular in every way; the break on the ball, the exciting return, and the …

Oregon Unknowns: Byrne and the Blow Torch

Josh White History 2 Comments

A new Friday series are the OREGON UNKNOWNS, where we look at interesting stories or facts about our beloved Ducks that few casual fans know about.  Former University of Oregon Athletic Director Bill Byrne’s tenure should evoke fond memories for most Duck fans.  Many would note his direct involvement in bringing the athletic department out of the conference cellar by laying …

The Man Who Brought Oregon Football to New Heights: A Tribute to Bill Byrne

Joey Holland Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches 1 Comment

When college football fans hear the words “innovation” and “Oregon” in the same sentence, most would immediately picture Chip Kelly’s high-speed spread offense or the Ducks’ deep selection of sleek uniforms. However, before Oregon’s modern era of immense creativity and success, the football program required a period of rapid innovation on a much more basic level, a level that is …