The Death of a Program? Softball Meltdown at Oregon …

Bruce Nelson Editorials 77 Comments

The Mike White situation, as recently described in the R-G, immediately brought to mind a similar situation with the women’s basketball program, when Jody Runge was dumped after the 2000-2001 season. In both cases, there were communication breakdowns between the athletic directors (Bill Moos, Rob Mullens) and the coaches, with the fallout resulting in many unhappy U of O fans. Prior …

Rob Mullens: Better Lucky Than Good

Mitchel Simantel Editorials 32 Comments

What does “It’s better to be lucky than good” mean? And how does this statement apply to Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens? In 2016 Mullens parted ways with Mark Helfrich after two disappointing seasons, and embarked on Oregon’s first true head football coaching search in decades. He eventually found Willie Taggart, and whether Taggart sank or swam Mullens (and his …

Is Rob Mullens on the Warning Track?

Charles Fischer Editorials 29 Comments

In a spring in which two Oregon teams are contending for national championships in the next two weeks (Women’s Track & Field and Softball), it would appear odd that I call out Rob Mullens on his questionable decisions concerning another program. In baseball, you have a warning track to let you know you might be in danger, and I can’t …

Famous FishDuck Writers–Remove Mullens: PASS or NO PASS?

Charles Fischer Editorials 25 Comments

Something I’m seeing on message boards, in the comments at FishDuck.com and in emails to me — is that quite a number of Oregon fans want athletic director Rob Mullens fired over the 11 million buyout to Mark Helfrich, coupled with being bamboozled by Willie Taggart. I have my doubts about faulting Mullens. Firstly, he felt he must secure the institutional …

Taggart now Bad-Mouthing Oregon? No!

Charles Fischer Editorials 38 Comments

The skills of deception by former head coach Willie Taggart continue to be confirmed and it is so disappointing to people of even minimum morals. On both of the major Oregon subscription websites it has been reported that Taggart is actively negative recruiting, and talking trash about the University of Oregon and our beloved Ducks. It is not a surprise …

Ducks Embarrass Themselves in Las Vegas

Darren Perkins Editorials 57 Comments

As I prepared to watch the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday and saw a fired-up Royce Freeman addressing “his” team, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “What the … ???” As most know, Freeman–arguably the greatest running back in Oregon history–chose to sit out the game. And even if some fans disagree with his decision, most people understand the …

Book it: Taggart will STAY

Charles Fischer Editorials 169 Comments

I wrote in the comments at 3:00 PM on Saturday, and I am more convinced, (75% to 25%) that Coach Willie Taggart will stay at Oregon. To some, the events of this last afternoon swirling in social media does not appear that way, but let me give you my reasons why I believe he will stay. (It is only fitting …

Taggart Tidbits: What do YOU Think?

Charles Fischer Editorials 29 Comments

My friends, we will have fewer official written articles per week beginning this week, but we are also beginning a new type of article that is simply meant to initiate discussion and get your opinions. The readers engage now on this site like never before, and it is fun to learn from others and see how fellow Duck fan weigh …

Cleansing of Coaches: Is this what Oregon Needed?

Charles Fischer Editorials 31 Comments

The change of coaching staff has brought about an unexpected vibe beyond what I could have imagined (it figures since being a season ticket holder for 30 years), as I am used to coaching continuity at Oregon, and clearly not used to wholesale change. Oh sure — I anticipated the excitement of the unknown and the hopes of Oregon football …

Oregon Football: Time to Wake the Sleeping Giant

Marc Burton Editorials 19 Comments

The end for Mark Helfrich was written long before the second half rains in Corvallis washed away any hope of his redemption. There was no artistry to that second half bludgeoning by Oregon State. No intricate scheme or innovation was required. It was straight ahead football, 27 consecutive running plays by the Beavers, and the Ducks had no answers … …

Rob Mullens: “Pass” or “No Pass” as Athletic Director?

Brent Pennington Editorials 11 Comments

To “pass” is to complete something successfully and move on. Or, one can “get a pass” meaning one didn’t fully complete the agreed requirements, but can move on, anyway, exempted from the agreed requirements.  “No pass,” on the other hand, typically means one is not qualified to move on and results in a penalty or fine. In its strictest form …

How Mark Helfrich Sealed His Own Fate at Oregon in Sunday Presser

D. Louis Thornton Editorials 20 Comments

Despite many columnists already proclaiming Mark Helfrich was ‘as good as gone’; despite Phil Knight long ago eschewing post game press conferences and removing himself from within 2000 miles of Saturdays ‘Civil War;’ in his Tuesday evening announcement, Oregon AD Rob Mullens stated that he did not have his mind made up regarding coach Mark Helfrich when he left Eugene for his College …