College Sports and the Olympic Model: The Times They Are A-Changin’

Jon Joseph Editorials 36 Comments

(To the tune of Maggie’s Farm by Bob Dylan) I ain’t goin’ to work on Emmert’s farm no more. No, I ain’t goin’ to work on Emmert’s farm no more. He hands you a nickel! He hands you a dime! Coach is makin’ millions, From my body on the line. The fans, it’s me they adore. No, I ain’t goin’ to …

Coach Kelly: Blue-Chip or Cow Chip?

Jayme Vasconcellos Editorials 39 Comments

Blur. No huddle. Hurry-up. These were the defining characteristics of Chip Kelly’s hyper-exciting offense. But was that the whole story? Kelly perfected a strategy that forced lumbering defenders to make split-second decisions in space, play after play, with little or no rest intervals. That much is clear. But what made his offense revolutionary was its relative simplicity, transferring a “shell …

Steele SPURNS Oregon Again, This Time for USC

Joshua Whitted Editorials 30 Comments

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on … the Ducks? Calling Chris Steele’s recruitment a roller coaster ride would be the understatement of the year. The talented defensive back has given new meaning to the term “media circus,” as his indecision has everyone following the saga completely dumbfounded. By now, you know the story. A one-time …

Auburn Is There for the Taking. Can the Ducks Capitalize?

Steven Smith Editorials 31 Comments

During this summer hiatus and before fall camp bursts into view, let’s explore our first vital intersectional football game. The Ducks’ early matchup against the Auburn Tigers offers a huge opportunity to launch Oregon into the limelight of prominence — with a win. Lose, and here we go again … hype happens! While one game a season does not make, …

Boom! Out Go the Lights: A Concussion Test

Ugly Duckling Editorials 35 Comments

During last year’s Arizona game, Dillon Mitchell touched the ball on a crossing route, then got hit by Arizona’s Tristan Cooper and the ball went flying away. Mitchell fell to the turf and stayed there. Then what? This article is going to cover the Standard Assessment of Concussion (SAC) test. It’s a one-page test that will give us an idea as …

Are Ducks Fans Overvaluing Recruiting Rankings?

Joshua Whitted Editorials 55 Comments

The evolution of recruiting has rocked college football. Never have fans been so heavily invested in the lives of high school athletes, tracking their every tweet, interview and lunch stop until they sign their letters of intent. In this recruiting-dominated landscape, it’s easy to forget that acquiring top-tier talent on paper doesn’t guarantee success. So what does this mean for …

Mario Cristobal and the Myth of Power Football

Joshua Whitted Editorials 42 Comments

Few things excite old-school football purists more than a well executed power run. The simple play encapsulates everything that they believe the game of football represents: strength, toughness, brute force and sheer determination. But there’s more to football than bone-crushing blocks and head-rattling collisions. Someone should tell Mario Cristobal. The Ducks’ coach is still under the flawed belief that straightforward …

Herbie for Heisman? You Betcha!

AJ Costilla Editorials 40 Comments

Last season, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert drew substantial, early season Heisman buzz. Unfortunately, his play throughout the season didn’t earn him a ticket to New York. This season, however, will be different. According to this writer’s calculations, less hype plus a feel-good story equals bronze man giving stiff arm. The Ol’ College Try, Take Four Heisman or no Heisman, Herbert …

Is Arroyo to Blame for Oregon’s Uninspiring Offense?

Mike West Editorials 70 Comments

After the Oregon spring game, Duck fans bemoaned the end of the blur offense for good. Angst returned to Oregon fandom like a lightning bolt despite positive signs of improvement on defense. In Eugene, it’s all about the offense. And on that front, nothing has changed, they say. What is Mario Cristobal thinking? Let’s take a closer look at the Oregon …

Oregon’s All in on Hidden Gem RB Recruit

Joshua Whitted Recruiting 39 Comments

Oregon’s all-time leading rusher Royce Freeman finally exhausted his eligibility after the 2017 season. That left the Ducks with the impossible task of replacing him in 2018. With few players on the roster with any experience, and expected starter Tony Brooks-James a questionable fit for Mario Cristobal’s downhill, between-the-tackles rushing attack, the school that has become “Running Back U” entered …

The Most Important Games in 2019? Try These Three

Charles Gearing Editorials 54 Comments

Ducks fans have every reason to be excited about the 2019 season. From a stellar recruiting class to an elite quarterback and a great group of veteran players, Oregon football seemingly has it all. Remember this, though: If 2019 is going to be a breakout year, it will not be an easy task. Every college football game is a must-win, …