Oregon Ducks: Entitlement Is a Four-Letter Word, Stifling Success!

Steven Smith Editorials 154 Comments

We live in an “Entitlement Era.” There are clear reasons why Oregon’s football team is mediocre and its basketball team is under-performing. A MAJOR reason why they are not the best that they could be is a profligate persistent problem of throwing $$$ at athletics to achieve championships. Thanks, Uncle Phil, and other big donors, for the lavish contributions. How is that working …

Kayvon Thibodeaux: What’s His Ceiling?

Mike Kelly Talent Evaluation 43 Comments

The Oregon Ducks signed one of the top high school football players at any position during the December 2018 early signing period. That would be Kayvon Thibodeaux, a defensive end from Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, California. Thibodeaux was named the All-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Year in December, led his “Ballaholics” team to the American Family Insurance Skills Challenge Title, …

Two and Three Star Players: The Foundation of Oregon Football

Ugly Duckling Editorials 82 Comments

In 1999, Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young retired from the San Francisco 49ers. In 2000, the 49ers went 6-10 under coach Steve Mariucci and headed into the offseason trying to improve the team. General manager Bill Walsh and Mariucci felt they needed a quarterback, and on draft day, two of the most successful minds in the NFL went into …

Can the Ducks Go From the Hunter to the Hunted?

Joshua Whitted Editorials 92 Comments

People say that pressure makes diamonds. Fans of Oregon football hope that’s the case in 2019. After a couple of years flying under the radar, the Ducks are firmly back in the national picture. They stunned the country with their blistering recruiting performance, locking in a top-10 class for the first time in program history. And they were the talk …

Final 2019 Football Recruiting: Targets and Surprises?

Charles Fischer Editorials 45 Comments

Locking up the 22 verbals by signing them in the December LOI period was crucial for this 2019 football recruiting class, because the concerns I stated a few months ago have come true. The remaining four- and five-star players have tons of schools wooing them, and the probability of signing any on Wednesday are low, but there could be a …

Ranking the Modern-Era Oregon Ducks Quarterbacks

Darren Perkins Editorials 34 Comments

After three straight articles discussing the poor state of the Pac-12 Conference, I decided it was time to get back to writing something fun. Darren Perkins As I was scrolling through the Oregon Ducks section on Oregonlive.com last week, I came across a piece titled, “Is Chris Miller the most undervalued quarterback in Oregon Duck history?” Instantly, alarm bells went off …

The Rhabdo Trilogy: A Deeper Dive

Phil Anderson Editorials 54 Comments

Every great trilogy needs a bad guy. Star Wars had Darth Vader. Scream 3 had Ghostface. The Final Insult had … well, you get the idea. In January 2017, three Oregon football players were hospitalized with acute overexertion rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo).  On January 9, 2019, one of them — Doug Brenner — filed an 11.5-million dollar lawsuit against the University of …