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Retire Number 8? NEVER.

A petition has recently surfaced seeking signatures to "Retire University of Oregon's Marcus Mariota #8 Jersey". The petition states in part, " ... Let us honor him and his legend by retiring his number."

This is understandable - but misguided.

What is the criteria for retiring a player's number? Yes. Winning the Heisman Trophy is a pretty good start. But then to paraphrase Alabama's Bear Bryant, "Act like you've been there before."

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Another Trivia Question ...

We will ALWAYS have: "What team was the LAST to play for a tie in CFB (0-0) and the FIRST to play - and WIN - in OT (beat Fresno St).

We now have [2012-14] another: 

Oregon is the only school in the 40/20/10 club (wins)(baseball, men's basketball, football) for 3 consecutive yrs (through spring 2014). (...and 2/3rd's of the way to 4 years)

PS:

In college football, Oregon :
A -  is tops over the last six years for wins against the "Power" conferences:

B - is the only team in CFB to win 9+ games in each of the last 8 seasons (including 2014).

C - is the best among Power-Five teams since 2007 for average margin per game at plus-20.5.

D - has (as of their victory over Florida State in the Rose Bowl) 59 games of 40+ points since 2009. A wide margin over the next closest team to do so...

Catch Up ...

31 March

The Draft’s Top Three Are Shaping Up

Source: SI.com
One month out, it’s becoming clearer what Tampa Bay, Tennessee and Jacksonville plan to do at 1, 2 and 3

Extra Points: How the PAT Could Change by This Fall

Source: SI.com
Last year, in a general session at an NFL meeting, the league’s 32 teams agreed—almost unanimously—that the point after touchdown was passé. Had to go. Too automatic. ... TENNESSEE’S KEN WHISENHUNT Q: What do you think of Marcus Mariota’s football IQ and his ability to transition to the NFL game?

With Mariota gone, how do the Ducks replace a legend?

Source: Statesman Journal
Oregon faced a similar situation following the 2001 season, when quarterback Joey Harrington finished his Ducks career by leading Oregon to a conference championship, a Fiesta Bowl victory and a No. 2 final ranking in the national polls.

Kaminsky, Okafor lead 2014-15 AP All-America team

Source: AP.org
Oregon senior guard Joseph Young received honorable mention All-America honors. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 20.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game on the way to earning Pac-12 Conference player of the year honors. Young was a first-team all-District 20 selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches ...

Previewing Oregon Ducks spring football 2015 (VIDEO)

Source: The Oregonian
The Oregon Ducks' 2015 spring football session is discussed on KPTV's "Oregon Sports Final."

Springing into action

Source: Register Guard
After Marcus Mariota decided to leave Oregon for the NFL, Ducks coach Mark Helfrich summed up the legacy of the program’s first Heisman Trophy winner with gratitude. “Thank you for redefining excellence,” Helfrich said. “Mahalo, Marcus.”

Scholarship offers or star rating? College football fans should use both to understand recruiting

Source: OregonLive
Even college coaches and professional talent evaluators get it wrong. So how can fans most accurately follow the complexities of recruiting rankings? Check out the star ratings, compare the offers and watch the highlight film. It's not a perfect system, but at least so far, there isn't one.

Oregon's Charles Nelson switching to defensive back at start of spring football

Source: OregonLive
It's unknown whether Nelson or the Ducks would entertain the possibility of playing him both ways come fall, as UCLA's Myles Jack and Washington's Shaq Thompson each did in recent seasons.

Oregon Ducks with the most to gain in spring football: Danny Mattingly

Source: OregonLive
What must Mattingly accomplish this spring? Stay healthy. Injuries kept him off the field for a four-game stretch that lasted from Michigan State to Arizona. After that, he could also improve his pass coverage.

Ducks' top spring story lines: No. 4 - Defensive line in search of depth and a starter

Source: CSNNW
Buckner and Balducci give the line strong anchors and there appears to be enough talented bodies in place to create some depth. Spring drills will be huge for the development of that group.

Ducks' top spring story lines: No. 5 - What to make of the wide receiver position?

Source: CSNNW
Oregon clearly suffered in the national title game minus Carrington and Allen. Stanford and Nelson were unable to deliver on such a big stage and demonstrated that they have great room for improvement. Brown and Ofodile will certainly need a lot of work, as well.

Report: Charles Nelson moves from receiver to defensive back

Source: CSNNW
It is completely likely that Nelson could have gotten lost in the depth at receiver and continued to remain a role player among a list of many talented receivers.

Ducks' top spring story lines: No. 6 - Will a running back 'controversy' develop between Freeman and Tyner?

Source: CSNNW
A better Tyner would only make Freeman better, and thus the Ducks would be better. In a perfect world, each would rush for 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns while giving he Ducks the best combination of power and speed out of the backfield in the Pac-12.

Ducks' top spring story lines: No. 7 - How is Tyler Johnstone progressing?

Source: CSNNW
Johnstone is the team's best offensive lineman and the Ducks will need him in 2015. April marks eight months since his second injury, which is typically supposed to require nine-to-12 months to heal.

Timeline: A year that was for Oregon and Dana Altman

Source: Daily Emerald
Oregon men’s basketball upsets No. 3 Arizona at Matthew Knight Arena in front of a sold-out crowd. Damyean Dotson scores two points and Dominic Artis is held scoreless, while seniors Jonathan Loyd, Jason Calliste and Mike Moser lead the way on the scoreboard.

Oregon’s Geri Ann Glasco, Cheridan Hawkins earn Pac-12 weekly softball honors

Source: Daily Emerald
Glasco was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the first time, while Cheridan Hawkins earned the conference’s Pitcher of the Week title for the second-straight week and the third time this season.

Spring Practice Begins Tuesday For Oregon Football Team

Source: GoDucks.com
Also in the mix at quarterback is the newest freshman to arrive on campus, Travis Jonsen, who joins five classmates who enrolled over the winter. (The freshman QB, who went by Travis Waller in high school, will use his mother's maiden name going forward.)

30 March

Ducks' football commits for 2016 include two in-state

Source: Statesman Journal
It's still early, but at the moment, the Oregon football team has five commits in its 2016 recruiting class, including two in-state players.

Analyzing McShay's Mock Draft 4.0

Source: ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down Todd McShay's fourth mock draft, including QB Marcus Mariota moving up to No. 2 and where LB Randy Gregory falls after testing positive for marijuana at the NFL draft combine.

McShay: Mock Draft 4.0

Source: ESPN
Marcus Mariota still doesn't trump Jameis Winston, but he makes a lot of sense for Tennessee at No. 2.

NFP Prospect Focus: Jake Fisher and A.J. Cann

Source: National Football Post
As we all know, offensive tackles are always looked at as premium prospects. They are the primary pass protectors on the offensive line. It wouldn’t surprise me if (Jake) Fisher went in the lower part of the first round, but I feel it is more likely that he goes in the early second.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Saints could be big winner in boom or bust class

Source: CBS Sports
6. New York Jets - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: The trade for Brandon Marshall gives the Jets a legitimate No. 1 receiver but Geno Smith has yet to prove that he's a franchise quarterback.

Wildcats complete sweep of Oregon

Source: Register Guard
TUCSON, Ariz. — A difficult start to the Pac-12 season continued Sunday for the 18th-ranked Oregon baseball team.

Oregon slugs its way to key series victory

Source: Register Guard
Ducks dig the long ball. The No. 2 Oregon softball team hit a program-record eight home runs, including three by Geri Ann Glasco and five in a 10-run third inning, during a 15-6 run-rule victory over No. 19 Washington on Sunday in front of a crowd of 1,127 at Howe Field.

Oregon Trounces UW With Power Surge

Source: GoDucks.com
EUGENE, Ore. — Geri Ann Glasco hit three of a UO-record eight home runs Sunday as the No. 2 Oregon softball team won a rubber match with No. 19 Washington, 15-6 at Howe Field.

Oregon's Bralon Addison tests knee and confidence one year after injury: Can Ducks' leading man find a happy ending?

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- On Thursday evenings when school is in session at the University of Oregon, Bralon Addison can often be found slouched low in a cineplex chair as the lights dim and the newest movies roll.

What does Mariota's visit with the Redskins mean?

Source: CSNWashington
There is a much better chance that this is just due diligence and/or part of the smokescreen than there is that the Redskins actually will draft Mariota. But you just can’t rule that out entirely.

Ducks' top spring story lines: No. 8 - Young secondary takes over

Source: CSNNW
Physically, this group will be as good as Oregon has every had, and that's saying a lot considering the number of defensive backs currently in the NFL. Little reason exists to believe that the group doesn't have the IQ to match their abilities, but this spring will certainly go a long way toward developing the level of savvy that has made the secondary very good over the last decade.

Photos: Oregon softball maul Huskies, 15-6

Source: Daily Emerald
The Oregon softball team acknowledge the crowd after the game. The Oregon Ducks play the Washington Huskies at Howe Field in Eugene, Oregon on March 29, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Ducks Look To Regroup After Sweep

Source: GoDucks.com
TUCSON, Ariz. — Oregon's struggles in Pac-12 play continued Sunday as host Arizona completed a three-game sweep with a 13-4 victory, dropping the UO baseball team to 2-7 in conference play.

29 March

Way-too-early breakdown of 10 intriguing nonconference matchups

Source: SI.com
Oregon at Michigan State, Sept. 12 (ED: Five of the ten games include Pac-12 teams; including Washington at Boise St.)

NFL Draft Needs: Eagles

Source: Yahoo Sports
Round 1 (20): OL Jake Fisher, Oregon - I know OL was not among Evan’s listed three needs, but it was mentioned. Moving beyond the Oregon connection, Fisher fits the Eagles’ profile for offensive linemen - athletic. Round 5 (156): LB Tony Washington, Oregon - Washington is a difficult one to beg.

Greg Cosell's NFL draft preview: QB Marcus Mariota's pro transition

Source: Yahoo Sports
There were three things I didn’t see much of at all from Mariota: Muddied pocket throws (a couple here and there when the pocket was not clean around him), anticipation throws and tight-window throws. How important is that to an evaluator?

Redskins plan to host Marcus Mariota for pre-draft visit

Source: Washington Post
Mariota already has private workouts scheduled with the Buccaneers, Titans, Chargers and Jets.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Lovie Smith all but locks in Jameis Winston at No. 1

Source: CBS Sports
3. Cleveland Browns (via Jacksonville Jaguars) -- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: I don't see how Mariota falls further than this. Washington, New York and maybe even Chicago are lying in wait.

Four Ducks Earn All-Academic Honors

Source: GoDucks.com
EUGENE, Ore. - Four Oregon women's basketball student-athletes were named honorable mention academic all-Pac-12 for the 2014-15 season, the league announced on Friday.

Wildcats grab a series victory

Source: Register Guard
TUCSON, Ariz. — Three Pac-12 series, three series losses. Arizona defeated Oregon 9-5 in a Pac-12 baseball game Saturday at Hi Corbett Field, sending the No. 22-ranked Ducks to yet another conference defeat.

Huskies tag Oregon

Source: Register Guard
There was a painful counterpunch thrown in the Border War softball series on Saturday. Second-ranked Oregon’s 13-game winning streak came to an end with a 10-2 loss to No. 19 Washington in a five-inning game at Howe Field.

Nigel Knott, Oregon Ducks target, earns The Opening New Orleans MVP, posts 44.7-inch vertical

Source: OregonLive
"It means a lot. There were a lot of great athletes out there," he said. "To say that I was the best this time, it was definitely an honor."

Jets sending six key decision makers to work out Marcus Mariota

Source: NY Daily News
The Jets' brain trust will make a cross-country trek in full force this weekend to take a closer look at the guy who might be their next franchise quarterback. ... The Jets are either extremely intrigued by the former Oregon star signal-caller or putting up one hell of a smokescreen.

Oregon softball’s Janie Takeda injured in loss against Washington

Source: Daily Emerald
As No. 2 Oregon’s 13-game winning streak came to an end against Washington on Saturday, the Ducks potentially suffered a much bigger loss in the process.

Big Inning Dooms Ducks

Source: GoDucks.com
Tucson, Arizona – Arizona put together and eight-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning and No. 22 Oregon could never recover as the Wildcats clinched the series with a 9-5 win on Saturday night at Hi Corbett Field.

Woo, McIver Paces UO in Final Round

Source: GoDucks.com
STANFORD, Calif. – The Oregon men’s golf team walked away from The Goodwin in a tie for fifth after firing in a 9-under 271 on Saturday at the Stanford Golf Course. The Ducks improved in each round of play and shot the second-best round for the second-straight day behind SMU once again, who shot a 10-under 270 to finish in a tie for first with UAB.

28 March

The 3 most intriguing teams that could swing the 2015 NFL Draft

Source: CBS Sports
Whether it be an organization on the upswing with a stunning early selection or a club with two first-round picks, there are always a few franchises who swing the draft in a major way.

Bobby Johnson to replace Archie Manning on playoff committee

Source: CBS Sports
“Everyone on the committee is going to miss Archie,” Hancock said. “He is an all-star and he knows college football inside and out. On the other hand, we are delighted to welcome Bobby to the committee. His extensive knowledge of the sport and his notable integrity make him a perfect member of this group.”

Ducks commit five errors against Arizona, lose 7-2

Source: Register Guard
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Oregon baseball team lost its third straight Pac-12 series opener, this time dropping an error-filled contest Friday at Arizona, 7-2.

Oregon’s ace throws first perfect game

Source: Register Guard
Cheridan Hawkins pitched her first perfect game on Friday. Nobody’s perfect though, even the dynamic Oregon ace. Moments before the second-ranked Ducks finished a bullish 8-0 victory over No. 19 Washington in five innings at Howe Field, Hawkins was beating herself up for a mental error that won’t show up on her impressive line.

Chase Lucas, U.S. Army All-American athlete, still waiting for dream offer from Oregon Ducks

Source: OregonLive
So why is Oregon still in wait-and-see mode? After landing three of the nation's top five all-purpose backs in the class of 2015 - Taj Griffin, Malik Lovette and Kirk Merritt - it's possible the coaching staff simply wants to get through spring practices to determine where its new pieces will fit before actively pursuing a similar player. It could also be as simple as Lucas is not quite the top player at his position on Oregon's board.

Oregon Ducks with the most to gain in spring football: Ugo Amadi

Source: OregonLive
One week after committing to LSU, Amadi declared Oregon his choice Jan. 8. Within a matter of days he was enrolled in classes in Eugene and working out with current Ducks. If his arrival at Oregon is any indication, he likes to make his moves quickly.

Mel Kiper can't see Marcus Mariota falling past Jets

Source: CSNPhilly
"I would say, at that point, I don't know how you could pass [Mariota] up," he said. Of course, earlier this offseason, a report surfaced that if Mariota dropped to the Jets, they'd trade the pick to the Eagles. But that was before the Eagles acquired Sam Bradford.

Ducks' top spring story lines: No. 10 - Replacing Malone and Washington at linebacker

Source: CSNNW
Evaluation: This situation is not truly a great mystery in terms of there being a question mark regarding available talent. The only intriguing aspect is pondering just how much better this group could become over the next few weeks. Walker is a better all-around linebacker than Malone was and French has the potential to easily reach double digit sacks in 2015.

Cheridan Hawkins’ perfect game leads No. 2 Oregon softball to run-rule victory over No. 18 Washington

Source: Daily Emerald
For a pitcher who has an exceptional list of accomplishments, Cheridan Hawkins did something she’s never done before in an Oregon uniform.

Ducks Lose Game 1 At Arizona

Source: GoDucks.com
Tucson, Arizona – Oregon committed five errors while stranding 11 base runners as the Ducks dropped a 7-2 decision at Arizona in game one of a three-game series on Friday night at Hi Corbett Field.

Ducks Bounce Back on Moving Day

Source: GoDucks.com
STANFORD, Calif. – The Oregon men’s golf team utilized moving day to jump three spots at The Goodwin after shooting a 5-under 275 at the Stanford Golf Course on Friday.

27 March

On his way out, a now-former Oregon Duck offers rare look into practice: Oregon rundown

Source: OregonLive
Glimpses into closed Oregon football practice are rare, so much so that when the doors do swing open -- such as when bowl games require teams to allow visitors for the first 15 minutes -- it's often difficult to make sense of what you're seeing.

Mock Draft 3.0: Gregory slides out of top 10

Source: NFL.com
12 CLEVLAND: Marcus Mariota QB Oregon | If Mariota is here, the Browns would probably race to the podium with their card. It's unlikely the Browns trust Manziel, and Mariota could learn behind Josh McCown.

University, worker feud over whether she was fired

Source: Register Guard
An employee of the University of Oregon counseling center says she has been fired for signing a letter criticizing the university for accessing an 18-year-old student’s therapy records — but a university spokesman disputes the claim.

Woman Who Protested Oregon Accessing Rape Victim's Records: I'm Fired

Source: Dead Spin
A woman who spoke out against the University of Oregon after it accessed the counseling records of a student who said she was raped by several basketball players has been let go, according to an email she sent to colleagues today.

1931 Op-Ed Eviscerates "Hypocrisy ... Utter Cowardice" Of College Sports

Source: Dead Spin
One example of (the concept of amateurism) comes from Oregon's Eugene Register-Guard. On Oct. 16, 1931, the editorial board of the paper took to their Op-Ed page to lambaste the inequitable, almost certainly racist treatment of the University of Oregon's Joe Lillard—professional football's second black quarterback, by our reckoning.

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