Marcus Mariota and Ducks this week’s Sports Illustrated cover story

It’s a regional cover in a bye week, so the famed SI Cover Jinx may not apply. More great exposure for a player and a program that’s reached the top echelon of college football, the accompanying story by Austin Murpy explores both Oregon’s rise and their unfinished business. The subhead reads, “We’re coming for you, SEC.”

The challenge now is to keep Stanford off next week’s cover.

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Murphy interviewed Phil Knight for the story, who told him,”The secret is not the money.” Even with his gifts, Knight believes, Oregon has less to work with “than any of the traditional powers. The secret is management.”

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