Oregon Wins In-State Tug of War for Elite Transfer

Garrett Sharp-Craig Recruiting 36 Comments

Since before the turn of the 20th century, Oregon and Oregon State have competed on the football field in what is known as the Civil War. Although this interstate battle is not scheduled until late November, the rivalry deepened this past weekend when USC transfer Devon Williams flipped from Oregon State to Oregon in a matter of hours. On September …

Ponder-Point: Who REALLY Deserves Credit for Oregon’s Recruiting Success?

Steven A. Smith Editorials 41 Comments

Is Mario Cristobal entirely responsible for Oregon’s historic recruiting classes? Are there other people or factors that deserve our thanks, or should all the credit go to the current coaching staff? I’ve been thinking about all the variables that have to fall into place for a top recruit to choose the Ducks, and am curious if others have considered this, …

The “I-Factor”: Why I’m Optimistic About Oregon Football

Lou Farnsworth Editorials 37 Comments

Over the years, several things have intrigued me about sports, but one of the most intriguing aspects is how well they function as a slice of life. We see the whole gamut of emotions and behavior, don’t we? ABC’s Wide World of Sports captured it so iconically years ago with “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” being …

Oregon Can Top Its 2019 Recruiting Class

Ryan Robertson Editorials 28 Comments

Early returns on 2020 recruiting are promising for Oregon. The Ducks have secured five commits thus far, with three four-stars and two three-stars. Two of the four-star recruits have committed within the past week. Remember that it is still April, and that under previous regimes the Ducks would enter the season with roughly five commitments. Where Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich filled their …

Is Oregon’s 2020 Recruiting Class in Trouble?

Joshua Whitted Recruiting 23 Comments

There’s a bit of concern surrounding the Ducks’ 2020 recruiting class. Right now, the Ducks rank 33rd in 247Sports’ composite rankings, behind the likes of Iowa State, Boston College and BYU. For a team that ranked in the top 10 in the previous cycle, it seems problematic that the Ducks haven’t even cracked the top 25 in this year’s go …

Two and Three Star Players: The Foundation of Oregon Football

Ugly Duckling Editorials 54 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 …

Expert Panel: Early Analysis of Oregon’s 2019 Football Recruiting Class

Charles Fischer Analysis 78 Comments

What are the “experts” saying about the recruiting class? Many of the most knowledgeable are part of the pay-sites of which most of you don’t have access to. (Which is why you are on this free site!) I was thinking about offering my early assessment of the recruiting class signed thus far for 2019, but the truth is–it is just …

Discuss! Live Updates Through Recruiting Letter-of-Intent Day!

Charles Fischer Announcements 122 Comments

“So … do you have a big enough seat belt for Wednesday?” I had to laugh at the question from fellow Duck fan and Greybeard, Steven A. Smith, an attorney in Modesto California. He’s right, as it has already been quite a bumpy ride and while we hope for no drama today–you know there will be some! Let’s just hope …

Recruiting LOI Day: What FishDuck is Watching For …

Charles Fischer Editorials 61 Comments

Let’s face it … recruiting news is entertainment, as much of a “game” as anything we follow with Oregon sports. It is such a rollercoaster, especially at this time of year. I’m going to share what I personally am watching for on the National Letter-of-Intent (LOI) signing day this Wednesday and offer some of my recruiting observations and opinions. Naturally, …

Holy Crap! Kayvon Thibodeaux, No. 1 Recruit is a DUCK!

Charles Fischer Announcements 51 Comments

Mario Cristobal continues achieve things never done at Oregon before with the verbal commitment today  of the nation’s No. 1 rated recruit in the nation Kayvon Thibodeaux from Southern California. He is a rush-defensive end at 6’5″ and 230 lbs. and is known for extraordinary speed. Sorry guys…I can hardly write as I’m a babbling mass of protoplasm right now …

Share the Love: Analyzing Oregon Recruiting and Super Mario

Ugly Duckling Editorials 27 Comments

My Friends, our Friend in the comments, Ugly Duckling, contributed quite an impressive article that I highly recommend reading. Articles like this give me a break on an occasional week, and I do appreciate it. Have something to say and want it to be published? Send it to charles@fishduck.com in a Word Document and give us your thoughts.  They have to …

Why Oregon will NOT Finish in the 2019 Recruiting Top Ten

Charles Fischer Editorials 37 Comments

No, my friends, the title is not “clickbait.” What I wrote is true. You all are acquainted with me well enough by now to know that I am frequently guilty of sizzling titles, but I also back them up with facts and reasoned arguments. I do not present a title to lure a reader in and then pull the bait-and-switch …