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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."


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).


In college football, Oregon :
A -  is tops over the last five 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 ...

2 March

Top Incoming freshman WRs and TEs for 2015

Source: Phil Steele

Oregon stays hot to beat Stanford, dampens Cardinal bubble hopes

Oregon coach Dana Altman is a lot things: loved, hated, criticized, lauded. And there's something he definitely is: a really good basketball coach.

Recap: Oregon holds off Stanford (Video)

Source: Fox Sports
Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins pointed to Oregon junior forward Elgin Cook as the primary reason the Ducks came out ahead in an important Pac-12 Conference game Sunday.

Sorting the Sunday Pile: Jaguars plethora of options in 2015 NFL Draft

Source: CBS Sports
5. Trade Out No. 3: The big-boy move right here. Chip Kelly decides he is going all in on his boy Mariota and swings a massive deal to reunite with his former pupil.

Damaging loss for Cardinal — Ducks eke out 73-70 win

Maples Pavilion was rocking with something awfully close to March Madness Sunday, but the crowd of 7,233 was left unrewarded. In a game with 15 lead changes, Oregon handed Stanford a damaging 73-70 defeat.

March Madness hopes in jeopardy after loss to Ducks

Source: Stanford Daily
The game came down to the very last possession as Oregon squeezed out a 73-70 win and dampened Stanford’s March Madness aspirations.

Is Oregon a likable team?

Source: NBC Sports
The question was posed with a reference to how some perceived the College Football Playoff semifinal Rose Bowl match-up between Oregon and Florida State to be a battle of good and evil.

Stanford men lose to Oregon

Source: San Jose Mercury News
STANFORD -- Stanford bungled its opportunities down the stretch, lost at home on Senior Day and slid further onto the wrong side of the NCAA tournament bubble. Other than that, things were grand at Maples Pavilion on Sunday.

Ex-Duck holds on for tight victory

Source: Register Guard
BOSTON — Matthew Centrowitz capped a successful indoor season with a national championship in the men’s mile during the final day of competition at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field championship meet Sunday at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Ducks pull off upset

Source: Register Guard
On the first day of March, there was madness at Matthew Knight Arena.

A Bay Area sweep for Oregon, at last

Source: Register Guard
STANFORD, Calif. — At last, there is an Oregon team that knows nothing but success in the Bay Area.

Oregon Ducks women upset No. 19 Stanford, snapping 18-game losing streak to Cardinal

Source: OregonLive (AP)
Jillian Alleyne registered her NCAA-best 27th double-double of the season, scoring 22 points with 12 rebounds, and the Oregon Ducks women's basketball team upset No. 19 Stanford 62-55 on Sunday, snapping an 18-game losing streak to the Cardinal dating back to Dec. 29, 2004.

Highlights: Oregon men's basketball earns first-round bye with win over Stanford

Oregon men's basketball topped Stanford 73-70 on Sunday night on The Farm. The win earned the Ducks a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament.

Oregon softball gets back to its winning ways with 7-3 victory over San Diego State

Source: Daily Emerald
It didn’t take long for the Ducks to find offensive traction this time.

Oregon women’s basketball upsets No. 19 Stanford

Source: Daily Emerald
The Ducks sent their seniors out in style Sunday. Oregon picked up its biggest win of the year, upsetting No. 19 Stanford 62-55, in the regular season finale.

Ducks Settle For Series Win at UCSB After 1-0 Loss Sunday

After beating UCSB ace Dillon Tate on Friday and pounding the Gauchos on Saturday, the Ducks couldn't touch Justin Jacome in the finale.

1 March

Oregon beats Stanford 73-70, clinches bye in Pac-12 tourney

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins pointed to Oregon junior forward Elgin Cook as the primary reason the Ducks came out ahead in an important Pac-12 Conference game Sunday.

Ducks start looking at next men up

Source: Register Guard
The succession plan at quarterback will be made easier by depth at running back and receiver

NCAA Tournament Bracketology

Source: ESPN
11 seed Oregon vs. 6 seed SMU. West Region (Louisville).

NCAA Tournament Bracketology

Source: CBS Sports
10 seed Oregon vs. 7 seed Iowa. East Region (Omaha).

Stanford’s NCAA hopes require win over Oregon

Stanford can't afford to let the emotions of Senior Day distract the Cardinal from the task at hand.

Ex-UK QB Maxwell Smith may have early lead for SDSU starting job

Source: NBC Sports
Also competing for the job is Oregon transfer Jake Rodrigues, although the paper stated that he hasn’t had the best start to the spring. That should be at least mildly concerning as Rodrigues has been in the offense for nearly a year, having left the Ducks for the Aztecs in May of last year.

Sweep awaits if Ducks pass their boards

Source: Register Guard
“Our guys should have a good feel, they know how hard Stanford went to the boards in the second half (of the Oregon State game) and what a difference that made for them,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “So it should be easier to explain.”

A few more Ducks secure their ‘ticket to the big dance’

Source: Register Guard
SEATTLE — Five individual wins and one team title highlighted the final day of competition for Oregon at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor track and field championship meet at Washington’s Dempsy Indoor Arena on Saturday.

Final curtain call for Loper

Source: Register Guard
Katelyn Loper traveled a lot of miles to make it to senior day at Matthew Knight Arena. From high school star in Post Falls, Idaho, to a star freshman at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., to a high-volume shooter in Paul Westhead’s frenetic system in Eugene.

Cam McCormick, West Coast's top 2016 tight end, commits to Oregon Ducks

Source: OregonLive
... given McCormick's status as an in-state prospect and the West Coast's top tight end, the Ducks have landed an elite player on their board.

MPSF Championships: Oregon men finish first, women place second after final day of competition

Source: Daily Emerald
First-place finishes and personal records for Oregon track and field dominated Saturday afternoon as the Ducks took part in the conclusion of the MPSF Indoor Championships in Seattle.

Oregon women’s basketball seniors exemplify ‘adaptability’ motto

Source: Daily Emerald
When the Oregon women’s basketball seniors take the floor against No. 19 Stanford on Sunday for the final time at Matthew Knight Arena, they’ll be doing so with a distinct “adaptability.”

Men of Oregon Win MPSF Championship

SEATTLE – The Oregon track and field team garnered five event wins at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, Saturday, with the Men of Oregon finishing atop the podium as team champions.

Peterson Earns First 'W' As Ducks Make It Two Straight At No. 22 UCSB

GOLETA, Calif. — Oregon won its eighth straight by dominating a top-25 matchup with UC Santa Barbara for the second day in a row, with first baseman Brandon Cuddy driving in seven runs to help give freshman left-hander David Peterson his first collegiate win, 11-3 on Saturday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

28 February

Pac-12 basketball: Reminders as Selection Sunday approaches

Source: Mercury News
Where should we start? Oh, yeah … Conference record doesn’t matter!

College Football's Pre-Spring Top 25 for 2015

Source: Athlon Sports
1. Ohio State; 6. Michigan State; 7. USC; 8. Oregon; 16. Arizona State; 17. UCLA; 18. Arizona

One more win means one less game

Source: Register Guard
“We don’t pay attention to the standings,” (Junior forward Elgin Cook) said. “We just come in with our game plan, wanting to win every game.”

Chidi Okonya, 4-star defensive end, discusses his recent offer from Oregon Ducks

Source: OregonLive
The Oregon Ducks have been active on the recruiting trail this week, offering several high-level prospects, particularly in the South.

Can the USTAF Indoor Championships avoid controversy this year? Oregon track & field rundown

Source: OregonLive
With any luck this year's indoor championships will steer clear of the controversy that plagued last year's USATF Indoor in Albuquerque.

Oregon Ducks to slim defensive playbook in 2015, Don Pellum says, but no major changes

Source: OregonLive
Don Pellum says he isn't planning any major structural changes to Oregon's defense in 2015. But that doesn't mean that when he ... hunkered down in a conference room to comb through 2014, snap by snap, he didn't see mistakes he wished he could find a new way to somehow fix.

Could the Eagles (gasp!) not take a DB or QB in the first round?!

You're certain there's a chance that Marcus Mariota will fall a bit, opening the door for the Eagles to make some crazy trade to move up and get him. And, if Mariota doesn't plummet and the Eagles keep the 20th pick, you're certain they'll address the secondary first You're certain of all of that, right?

Hawaii to play 3-game football series with Oregon

Source: Star Advertiser
The Rainbow Warriors will play in Eugene in 2020 and 2023 and the Ducks will come to Aloha Stadium in 2024.

Oregon softball loses battle of top-ranked teams in San Diego Classic

Source: Daily Emerald
Once the sun set on Friday, Oregon (15-2) earned its second loss of the season as the Ducks fell to Florida (18-0) 3-0 but got an 8-5 win earlier in the day against St. John’s (4-8).

DMR Sets NCAA Top Time at MPSF

SEATTLE – The men’s distance medley relay team made a statement while securing its place in the NCAA Championships on the first day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships ...

Postseason Push Continues Sunday

Oregon and Stanford face off Sunday for the only time this season with NCAA and Pac-12 tournament implications on the line. The game will be shown live nationally at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.

Ducks Open Top-25 Showdown At UCSB With 5-1 Victory

GOLETA, Calif. — The Oregon baseball team continued to benefit from strong pitching by newcomer Conor Harber and late-inning dominance at the plate Friday ...

Fan Fest at Hayward Field

Run, Jump and Throw Clinic | Community Mile Run at Hayward Field | Oregon Track and Field Season Ticket Distribution | Autographs and Photos with the Oregon Track and Field Team

Spring questions: Oregon Ducks

Source: Pac-12 Blog
1. What will this quarterback competition look like? | 2. Who’s going to emerge in the secondary? | 3. Is anyone going to challenge Royce Freeman for carries?

Helfrich: Maybe Arians dissing spread QBs is ploy to get Mariota

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had many around the league nodding in agreement last week during the NFL Scouting Combine when he took to the podium to criticize spread offenses and how they develop (or rather, don't) quarterbacks.

27 February

Top Incoming freshman QBs and RBs for 2015

Source: Phil Steele
Josh Rosen 6-4 205 PS#1 IFS UCLA ... Ricky Town 6-3 203 PS#6 IFS USC ... Jake Browning 6-1 202 PS#10 IFS WASHINGTON Travis Waller 6-3 194 PS#11 OREGON Sam Darnold 6-4 215 PS#12 USC

2015 Start and Finish Dates for College Football Spring Practices.

Source: Phil Steele
Oregon - Start: Tue., March 31 Finish: Sat., May 2

Predicting the preseason AP top 10

Source: Phil Steele
1. Ohio State Buckeyes ; 2. TCU Horned Frogs; 3. Alabama Crimson Tide ; 4. Baylor Bears ; 5. Oregon Ducks. Oregon does play Michigan State, Arizona State and Stanford on the road, but it¹s been pretty much an automatic as the Ducks' preseason ranking has been No. 3, No. 5, No. 3 and No. 3 the past four years.

Yruretagoyena Retires From Football

Yruretagoyena said he plans to "focus on getting my body healthy and graduating" in the coming months.

Ducks face No. 1 Gators today

Source: Register Guard
Second-ranked Oregon (14-1) and the top-ranked Gators (16-0) will play the first of their two preseason games at 11:30 a.m. today at the San Diego Classic tournament. The Ducks are winless in five games against Florida since 2011, starting with a two-game sweep by the Gators in the super regionals that season.

Ducks aim to stack their championship rosters

Source: OregonLive
The NCAA indoor track and field championships are two weeks away, and the defending champs have one last chance to solidify their teams.

Cal ruins Alleyne’s big night

Source: Register Guard
Jillian Alleyne put on an impressive one-woman show Thursday night.

Another elite track meet lands in Portland this summer: Oregon track & field rundown

Source: OregonLive
Portland's developing track & field scene got another boost yesterday when Flotrack announced it was bringing an elite meet to the Rose City this summer.

In-state stock watch: Who's up, who's down in college football recruiting

Source: OregonLive
The class of 2016 is still more than 11 months away from signing day, but college football programs are already hard at work evaluating tape and offering the state's top talent.

New NFL mock drafts peg Marcus Mariota going anywhere from No. 1 to No. 18

Source: OregonLive
... a new round of mock drafts have taken (the NFL's annual scouting combine) information, sifted through it and come up with new scenarios for where former Ducks could land.

rcus Mariota tops post-Combine mock draft

15. San Francisco 49ers - DL Arik Armstead, Oregon - Some might consider this a bit early for Armstead. An immediate or future replacement for Justin Smith is necessary. Armstead was off and on at times, but when he combined flashes, like in the College Football Playoff, the results speak for themselves.

Eaton Highlights Tracktown Tuesday

EUGENE, Ore. – Track and field’s most famous couple – University of Oregon alums Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton – and their esteemed coach, Harry Marra, will be the featured guests at the next TrackTown Tuesday town hall meeting at the Downtown Athletic Club on March 3.

No. 20 Baseball Team Raising The Bar For Top-25 Matchup At UCSB
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Some 20 minutes had passed since the final out of Oregon's worst performance of the season, and still the UO position players were huddled in short right field, catching an earful and more from assistant coach Mark Wasikowski.

26 February

Football Career Over for Yruretagoyena

Source: 247 Sports
A lingering foot injury has been considered a major reason for his decision. Additionally, Yruretagoyena is on schedule to graduate with his degree later this Spring or early Summer.

Bryce Youngquist, 4-star outside linebacker, blown away by offer from Oregon Ducks

Source: OregonLive
With offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Northwestern, Utah, Washington State and a few others, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete lacked an elite offer to really make his resume pop. He received a double dose of that Wednesday, as both Oklahoma and Oregon extended scholarships.

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