EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 1: Head coach Mark Helfrich of the Oregon Ducks yells at an official during the first half of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on November 1, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Reading the Signing Day tea leaves, and the mail

With National Signing Day in five days, this is the last visit weekend in college football. The Ducks are scheduled to entertain 6-6, 245-pound Tyrone Wheatley from Buffalo, New York, Vernon Adams, whom you may have heard about, and linebacker Fotu Leiato and defensive tackle Gary Baker, who recently committed. Five-star cornerback Iman Marshall may […]

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. #3 of the Eastern Washington Eagles rushes against the Washington Huskies on September 6, 2014 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

“Big Play VA” would make the Ducks a title contender in 2015

Jameis Winston shoved  a referee out of the way during a hurry-up drive against Boston College. Vernon Adams gave one a fist bump. Adams has The Dudeness, the “It” quality Trent Dilfer talks about in Bruce Feldman’s groundbreaking book, The Quarterback. He ignites an offense. He handles adversity. No moment is too big. And he […]

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30:  Singer Justin Bieber looks on during a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena on October 30, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Will 2015 be a Comedy Central Roast or Chainsaw Massacre for Biebers?

First came the unthinkable then the miraculous. At the close of last season the OSU Beavers suffered their seventh straight loss to the Ducks, missed bowl eligibility at 5-7, lost their longest-tenured/most-successful coach of the last 50 years, then completed a Santa’s Little Helper Christmas miracle as Bob DeCarolis plucked Gary Anderson from Wisconsin on […]

Looking for a road trip? Tucson hotels just $73 for night of Wildcats game

The sixth-ranked Arizona Wildcats host the Oregon Ducks on Wednesday night at the McKale Center in Tucson in a Pac-12 matchup with conference and NCAA tournament implications. The 18-2 Wildcats look to keep their stronghold on the Pac-12 with a big victory over Oregon, who is currently ranked fifth in the Pac-12 Conference. The tables […]

EUGENE,OR - OCTOBER 18: Running back Royce Freeman #21 of the Oregon Ducks  runs with the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Washington Huskies at Autzen Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 45-20. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Dawgs seek culture change but the petri dish is sucked dry by graduation

In Chris Petersen’s first year as Washington head coach the Huskies went 8-6, losing to every ranked team they played, then losing 30-22 in the Cactus Bowl versus Oklahoma State to finish the year. Next year looks worse. The Huskies lose seven players on defense, including All-Americans Shaq Thompson, Hau’oli Kikaha and Danny Shelton. Only one […]

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 1: Running back Thomas Tyner #24 of the Oregon Ducks avoids the tackle of linebacker Blake Martinez #4 of the Stanford Cardinal as he runs for a touchdown during the third quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on November 1, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. The Ducks won the game 45-16. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Can Stanford solve their Oregon problem?

Predicted by many experts to win the PAC-12 North last season, Stanford fell to 5-4 in conference, losing three out of four in a midseason slide that included a 45-16 loss to the Ducks. Oregon held the once-vaunted Cardinal rushing attack to 132 yards while Marcus Mariota and the offense rolled up 552 yards in […]

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24: Jordan Bell #1 of the Oregon Ducks dunks in the first half during a game against the Michigan Wolverines at the Barclays Center on November 24, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Ducks sweep L.A. schools, clobber UCLA 82-64

by Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent The Ducks beat the Bruins, 82-64, completing a two game sweep of the LA schools to get to 14-6 overall and 4-3 in conference. The Ducks started this one playing fast and the Bruins couldn’t keep up with the ball movement and precision passing that led to open shots.  […]

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12:  The Oregon Ducks snap the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

How the Ducks break through that last door, hopefully with composure and class

Visiting Oregon this weekend is 6-5, 344-pound offensive tackle Darrin Paulo, a 3-star offensive tackle from Grant Union High School in Sacramento. If Paulo enjoys his visit and chooses the Ducks, he’d be the sixth commitment on the offensive line in 2015, a group that already includes standouts like 6-3, 327-pound Zach Okun and 6-6, […]

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Wide receiver Darren Carrington #87 of the Oregon Ducks dives into the endzone for a touchdown after a 30-yard catch against the Florida State Seminoles in the third quarter of the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Ducks break in new quarterback with no lack of targets

Oregon faces the daunting prospect of replacing Marcus Mariota in 2015, but the new quarterback will benefit from what may be the deepest, most talented group of receivers in school history. Thousand-yard receiver Byron Marshall returns, and Bralon Addison is due back from injury. Darren Carrington looked like a breakout star before being suspended for […]

EUGENE, OR - JANUARY 13: The Oregon Cheerleaders entertain during the pre-game ceremonies before the first game between the USC Trojans and the Oregon Ducks basketball teams at Matt Court on January 13, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. The arena is named  co-founder and Chairman of Nike, Inc., Phil Knight's son, Matthew, who died at the age of 34 in a scuba diving accident. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Ducks pull even with sack of Troy, 75-67

by Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent Oregon evened its conference record at 3-3 with their 9th straight win over USC, 75-67. Coming home after dropping a pair of games to the Washington schools, this was a must win situation for the Ducks; and they started out playing that way, making 6 of their first 7 […]

EUGENE, OR - JUNE 30:  Co-founder and chairman of Nike, Phil Knight attends day nine of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at the Hayward Field on June 30, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

After years of obscurity, talk rises of a Ring of Honor

Honor the past to inspire the future. There’s lots of discussion this week about retiring Marcus Mariota’s number, erecting a monument or statue of him out front of Autzen Stadium, or establishing an Oregon Ring of Honor. Benzduck at Addicted to Quack posted yesterday about the Ring and who it might include. Having a committee […]

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 12:  Wide receiver Bralon Addison #11 of the Oregon Ducks makes a touchdown catch in the second quarter against the Washington Huskies on October 12, 2013 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Chance Allen, Bralon Addison and the Texas two-step

When Bralon Addison was a high school senior he played quarterback at Fort Bend Hightower in Missouri City, Texas, leading the Hurricanes all the way to the State 5A Division One Championship against Kenny Hill and Southlake Carroll. Addison’s team lost 36-29 in the final, but he ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns, scoring […]

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The most under-appreciated quarterback in Duck history

Marcus Mariota will never be duplicated or replaced. Oh, the Ducks will have great quarterback play in the future, and either Morgan Mahalak, Travis Waller, or Seth Green could turn out to be the quarterback who leads Oregon back to the National Championship. It might also be Tua Tagovailoa, a sophomore at St.Louis High in Hawaii, […]

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