Enough Already, Coach!

Dave Kensler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive Leave a Comment

Bret Bielema is a very good football coach. At the University of Wisconsin, he won 17 of his first 18 games, among many other accomplishments. Now, he appears to have Arkansas headed on a similar path to success. Bielema is not very good, however, at arguing against hurry-up offenses. He advocates a 10-second “waiting period” rule on each play before the ball …

Oregon Football Recruiting: Official Visits Are Getting Tight – Who Gets Them?

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 7 Comments

With about two weeks left until the national letter of intent day (NLI) or signing day on February 4th, who is not looking at the prospects and trying to figure out how to get key commitments to Oregon from players and juggle the limited official visits? Due to sanctions, Oregon lost one scholarship in each of two years (limiting the …

Why Would Football Recruiting Be a Challenge at Oregon?

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

Oregon is known as a winning-prone football team in the last decade, and should have no trouble recruiting elite high school players year in and year out. With 10 wins this season, the Ducks have their seventh straight 10-or-more-win season, which is tied for first with Alabama. The Tide is appealing to football recruits these days because of their massive …

Oregon Football Is Making Recruiting Easier

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Recruiting at the University of Oregon has not always been a snap when it comes to getting the elite high school players in the country. The Ducks’ consistency in winning has been an effective recruiting tool; however, winning a first national title would help eliminate any doubt about how good Oregon really is. Oregon is making a name for itself …

Follow the Money: The Heisman, SEC and ESPN

Mike Merrell FishWrap, FishWrap Archive Leave a Comment

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out Television as we know it today exists only because major corporations are willing to pay for the privilege of telling people how and what to think. From the Buick ads with the annoying music to the AFLAC Heisman Award to the Amway Coaches’ Poll to the Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, college football carries no exemption …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Five-Star Teammates Set to Visit Oregon

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As the season progresses, the Ducks continue to have good news after good news. A pair of five-star defensive players from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California, each scheduled official visits to Eugene. The platinum-tier football players plan to be on the University of Oregon campus, October 18, for the Washington Huskies game. These potential teammates have specific sets …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: How Does Autonomy Change the Recruiting Game?

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

A widespread change might be in place for football. The National Collegiate Athletic Association recently voted in favor of giving the five “power conferences” autonomy, to allow the student-athletes to participate in governing the entity they are bound in playing for at a Division I university. If sustained by the end of October, 2014, how will this affect the recruiting …

Scott’s Turf: Unacceptable Behavior

Scott Reed Editorials 8 Comments

Last fall, during a game at Autzen Stadium, I witnessed a moment I am most embarrassed about; the booing of a college player. Has there ever been a more maligned player in Oregon history than Alejandro Maldonado? Criticism of players is fair game in my opinion; it is what we do. But as George Wrightster told me last week, it’s …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Best Recruiting Class Yet?

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

It was brought to my attention when cornerback James Locke and quarterback Travis Waller both committed to Oregon on July 1 of this year, that the Ducks reached a new recruiting standard. Recent history has proven that Oregon has not been really aggressive with getting verbal commitments early in the recruiting process. Going back as far as 2002 and probably …

Should Targeting Be a Felony?

Mike Merrell FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

We all love rock ’em, sock ’em football, but with all the recent concern for player safety, we need to give thought to just what can be done to make the game safer for the players.  Basically there are only two ways to do this: more protective equipment and further regulating the conduct of those involved in the game. You …

College Football Nation: Randy Moss to Notre Dame and Players Union?

Jeff Hostetler Editorials 1 Comment

      Signing day is just a few days away and every school is putting forth its “best” effort to get those undecided recruits to sign.  While the coaches are out recruiting, the players back on campus are trying to join unions.  We all know they are only trying to join a union to get paid for play.  With …

National Crises Solved Here

Kim Hastings FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 9 Comments

onpoint.wbur.org Good morning, birds of a feather.  It has been said that sports are an escape from the problems of the world.  I suggest that they are more important than that.  We all know that this country has some problems that it needs to solve.  The world of sports offers not just a distraction, but solutions. Dependence on Foreign Energy: Political …