Oregon’s Million Dollar Defense

Jordan Ingram Editorials 26 Comments

If you don’t think winning is expensive, just ask Alabama. Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban is the second-highest paid head coach at $8.9 million, behind Clemson’s Dabo Sweeney ($9.3 million). The Crimson Tide also has three of the highest paid assistant coaches in college football, including defensive coordinator Pete Golding, who receives a $1.1 million annual salary, according to AL.com. …

Oregon Men’s Basketball is in Trouble

Ryan Robertson Editorials 26 Comments

With 21 wins, the Oregon Men’s Basketball team has essentially punched its ticket in to the NCAA tournament, and the Ducks might even have the best player in the country in Payton Pritchard. Despite these positives, the Ducks have a massive problem: they cannot put teams away. The Ducks have consistently played to the level of their opponents this season, …

Recruiting in the Conference of Champions

Jon Joseph Editorials 30 Comments

“Playoffs! Playoffs?” — Mora, The Elder College football Playoff (CFP) appearances and titles go hand-in-hand with recruiting results. When Clemson Dabo-Dabo-Do’ed and won its first title in 2016, its recruiting classes from 2013 to the year of that first CFP Championship averaged 15th in the country. This average, when compared to the classes other CFP title winning teams, is a …

There is No Magic Wand for Pac-12 Football

Mike Merrell Editorials 78 Comments

It’s no secret that the Pac-12 basically lives in the basement of Power Five football: inferior television contracts, generally the first of the Power Five to go uninvited to a four-team invitational called the Bowl Championship Series, and conference bowl tie-ins that might better be called bowel alignments. Imagine—giving up the Rose Bowl every three years for the ongoing privilege …

Which Duck Team Does it Best: Football or Men’s Basketball?

Garrett Sharp-Craig Editorials 31 Comments

After a remarkable 12-2 season that ended with wins in the Rose Bowl and the Pac-12 Championship, the Oregon Ducks football team proved once and for all that they are back. Unlike, the football program, Oregon men’s basketball is in the midst of one of their best eras in school history. They have won at least a share of the …

The Joe Moorhead Offense: The Shovel Option RPO

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 57 Comments

When Coach Joe Moorhead was hired as the new offensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks, folks started to wonder how often the quarterback would run in the new system. Some believed that the coaching staff would continue to curb the number of QB carries, while others believed that the end-of-season success with zone reads signaled a change. We would later …

Oregon Hoops Hit Stride During Final Stretch

Alex Nordstrand Editorials 42 Comments

The Oregon men’s basketball team got back on track this past weekend, as they swept Colorado and Utah at home to take sole possession of first place in the Pac-12. The first half against Colorado looked much the same as we had seen over their last road trip; lethargic, not making shots and giving up way too many easy points. …

Moorhead Holds the Key to Fixing the Oregon Offense

Joshua Whitted Editorials 85 Comments

The list of Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead’s accomplishments is a lengthy one. Behind his unique offensive system, he has engineered some of the most impressive turnarounds in the country over the past decade, most notably pulling the Penn State offense out of the stone age and into the 21st century. Analysts, coaches and players alike rave about Moorhead’s off-the-charts …

The Future of the Oregon-Oregon State Civil War is Bright

Ryan Robertson Editorials 31 Comments

The Oregon Ducks are on a three-game winning streak! The 2016 season saw the Oregon Ducks lose their first Civil War since… 2007! But in the three games since, the Mario Cristobal-led Ducks outscored the lowly Oregon State Beavers 148-35. All three seasons saw the dominant Ducks hold Oregon State to 15 or fewer points, while the Ducks scored at …

Why the Duck Resentment?: An Open Letter

Steven Smith Editorials 61 Comments

Dear Fellow Pac-12 Members, Here on the campus and across the state and nation, many a Duck fan is becoming aware of a budding intra-conference displeasure with Oregon. This presents itself in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Call it an identity crisis of sorts, even bordering on ENVY (one of the Seven Deadly Sins). Are we not all supposedly united together …