Rule Change Proposal Will Destroy College Football

Don Gilman FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Disingenuous, adjective: “Not truly honest or sincere: giving the false appearance of being honest and sincere.”  (From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.) They should call it the Bret Bielema rule.  Or perhaps the Bielema-Saban rule, since it is, in part, due to these two coaches’ influence that this rule is now being considered. For those who are unfamiliar with this proposal, …

Oregon’s Success Doesn’t Depend on Recruiting Rankings

Don Gilman FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Oregon will never win any recruiting championships.  While teams such as Alabama, USC and LSU tend to dominate in the rankings, the Ducks rarely crack the top-15.  Year after year they bring in solid, but unspectacular recruiting classes, yet year after year, Oregon takes those same recruits and turns them into champions. Why is that?  What is the key that allows teams without …

Oregon Ducks Football: Six Standout Performances From 2013

Josh White History

When the clock hits zero at the Super Bowl, it also serves as the conclusion to the football season each year.  Seemingly long after all of the bowl games have been played at the college level, the NFL has a way of temporarily filling the void before dropping fans into the abyss of the long off season. Events like National …

Is There Life After DAT?

Don Gilman FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

DeAnthony Thomas’ time at Oregon was like one of his scorching touchdown plays: it went by in a flash.  From his first game against LSU to his final appearance (if it can be called that) against Texas, DAT was the equivalent of a human meteor.  He blazed a bright trail across Oregon football that will not be forgotten soon.  He …

The Heisman: Just Say NO!

Mike Merrell Editorials

With the 2013 football season behind us, the hype for the 2014 Heisman has begun, with Marcus Mariota at or near the top of the list.  My reaction is simple: Just say NO! It’s not that Mariota doesn’t deserve consideration for the Heisman.  Quite the contrary, it’s the Heisman that doesn’t deserve consideration from Mariota, or any of the other …

Coaching Carousel: The 5 Biggest Coaching Changes Around the Pac-12

Pat Pannu FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

The off season always brings about a deluge of coaching changes around the college football world.  Some coaches get fired during the season, such as Lane Kiffin at USC, but aren’t replaced until the dust has settled on the final games of the year, while others, like our very own Nick Allioti, retire gracefully after long, successful careers. No matter the situation, …

What Now Oregon?

Don Gilman FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Kevin Cline It would appear that after four straight years of BCS appearances, the University of Oregon football team will be left on the outside looking in.  Most likely the team will be headed to the Alamo Bowl, something that most pundits and fans would not have predicted before the season began.  Yet here they are. There is nothing wrong …

The Winning Mindset

Don Gilman FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Attitude is everything.  And, while it was only two Ducks who expressed disappointment not being able to play in the National Championship, one has to wonder if that attitude has affected the rest of the team. To many fans it was disheartening to hear Josh Huff and DeAnthony Thomas expressing their lackluster enthusiasm about a return to a Rose Bowl.  …

10 Amazing Facts About the No. 5 Ducks

Josh White FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Kevin Cline This week, there is plenty to get excited about. With a win last Saturday, this Oregon football team heads to Tucson with a 9-1 record for the season, and has a chance to become just the 9th team in school history to win 10 games.  Thanks to Stanford’s loss last weekend to USC, the Ducks have also reasserted control of its respective …

Ducks Head to Stanford Looking for Revenge . . . and Perhaps Venture Capital

Kim Hastings FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

This is the game that everyone has had circled on their calendars for almost a year.  Oregon at Stanford for championship of the North, bragging rights on the coast, and a chance to play the biggest of the big games in January.  Serious analysis of this game has begun, and will continue up to kickoff Thursday night.  On a less …

The Opponents Locker Room: Cougars Have Nothing but Respect for Oregon

Don Gilman FishWrap

Craig Strobeck Despite the shellacking on the scoreboard, the players from Washington State walked into the press conference with pride intact and heads held high. “We just got to do anything we can to win,” left tackle Gunnar Eklund said, “It’s tough, but in the end you got to get the job done.” “In the years past, around this program, …

The Enemy of My Enemy Still Needs a Good Thrashing

Kim Hastings Best of FishDuck.com Humor

koze950.com If there is one thing that I have in common with Washington State football fans it is my understanding of what makes them mad.  Nothing sets off a Cougar fan like The Color Purple. So let me tell you something indeed. It’s hard to write snarky things about a team that dislikes purple as much as I dislike purple. …