A Conversation With Kamikaze Kid Stu Jackson

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Stu Jackson was a member of the famous 1970s Ducks basketball team coined the  “Kamikaze Kids” under head coach Dick Harter. Known for their aggressive, energetic play, the Kamikaze Kids became the foundation of “the Pit” and the crazy atmosphere in McArthur Court. After an impressive college career, Stu went on to be an assistant coach for the Ducks. He also …

Oregon Salutes Greg Ballard, Kamikaze Kids

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Greg Ballard, small forward for the mid-1970’s Oregon basketball squad dubbed by journalists as the “Kamikaze Kids,” was among the most talented basketball players to ever grace the hardwoods of McArthur Court. Today, Ballard will be honored as Oregon’s Progressive Classic Legend of the Game at Matthew Knight Arena. Ballard’s contributions to the halls of Oregon athletic history are truly …

The Rise and Fall of the Kamikaze Kids

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Following Oregon’s disastrous 1971-72 season, Dick Harter was finally able to land his first outstanding recruiting class that included guard Ronnie Lee, guard/forward Mark Barwig, forward/center Bruce Coldren, and center Geoff Nelson.  Along with the holdovers from Harter’s 1971-72 team, five sophomores from the 1971-72 freshman team, and three walk-ons, the four freshmen would form the original version of the …