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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 ...

30 January

E. Washington releases statement on Oregon QB transfer target

Source: NBC Sports
While not specifically mentioning his name, EWU released a statement Thursday acknowledging “[i]n the current situation that has arisen recently, we have granted the ability for our student-athlete to explore what opportunities may exist.”

Two-star Scoobs: Oregon

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Marcus Mariota: Recruiting ratings: two stars; three stars, No. 12 QB; No. 34 QB.

New York takes center stage

Source: Register Guard
It will be a light weekend of action for the Oregon track and field team with only a handful of athletes competing at the two-day UW Invitational indoor meet in Seattle. It will be a much different scene in New York City.

Culture shift off to slow start

Source: Register Guard
First-year Oregon women’s coach Kelly Graves knew it would be a trying process when he took over the Ducks

Ducks face big-time bounce-back game today

Source: Register Guard
TEMPE, Ariz. — Dana Altman might need to dust off a pregame speech that he hasn’t had to use in a while before tonight’s game at Arizona State.

The next Oregon QB experiment

Source: Register Guard
The most tantalizing player in Oregon’s 2015 recruiting class could end up being the quarterback who had two scholarship offers as a high school senior.

Top 10 Oregon Ducks football recruits: No. 2 Taj Griffin

Source: OregonLive
Not long ago, the idea of Oregon heading into the heart of SEC country and pulling out the nation's No. 1 all-purpose running back was no more than a pipe dream. But as the Ducks' profile has grown over the last decade, that type of coup no longer seems out of place.

Oregon track coach Robert Johnson has plenty to like about this year's Ducks

Source: OregonLive
UO coach Robert Johnson likes this year's team, and says the Ducks aren't afraid of high rankings or high expectations.

As Vernon Adams considers leap to FBS, one former Duck and Adams opponent is a believer

Source: OregonLive
When they met in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals on Dec. 13, Vernon Adams was an Eagle and Oshay Dunmore a Redbird.

Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount ready for Super Bowl moment

Source: CSNNW
PHOENIX, Ariz. - New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount could be a huge factor in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. Or, the former Oregon Ducks star could fizzle.

Max Unger and LeGarrette Blount love their Ducks

Source: CSNNW
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Four former Oregon Ducks will be in action during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday and we caught up with two of them to get their thoughts on their former college program.

Oregon softball projected to win Pac-12

Source: Daily Emerald
Oregon softball is slated for a three-peat after the Pac-12 coaches narrowly picked the Ducks to win their third straight conference championship, the league announced Thursday.

Ducks Looking to Bounce Back at ASU

Oregon closes the curtain on the first half of Pac-12 play by facing Arizona State Friday at 5 p.m. Pacific in Tempe.

2014 Season In Review: Linebackers

No unit on the UO defense rotated more than the outside linebackers, with Christian French and Torrodney Prevot providing a potent pass-rushing duo off the bench.

TrackTown Tuesday makes season debut on Feb. 3

The first edition of the popular town hall meetings in 2015 will feature special guest Sally Kipyego of Oregon Track Club Elite.

Multi-Events Lead Ducks to UW Invitational

The meet will be streamed online via paid subscription through FloTrack.

29 January

UA-Oregon postgame: On freshmen, McConnell and tempo

The present looked pretty good for the Arizona Wildcats in a 90-56 win on Wednesday, but Sean Miller also had reason to feel good about the future.

UA basketball: Cats' shooting makes Ducks easy targets

The Arizona Wildcats put on the kind of show Wednesday that left just about everyone happy.

Who will lead the Pac-12 in rushing yards?

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
There are plenty of arguments to be made for each of the top eight guys returning and the top spot could really go to any one of them.

Buried in the desert

Source: Register Guard
TUCSON, Ariz. — It was the worst loss Dana Altman had suffered at Oregon, and that was obvious without even looking at the scoreboard.

Oregon targets EWU’s star QB

Oregon could be adding a quarterback who has already turned in some memorable performances against the program’s biggest rivals.

Top 10 Oregon Ducks football recruits: No. 3 Travis Waller

Source: OregonLive
U.S. Army All-American quarterback Travis Waller was a back-up plan when he committed to the Ducks on July 1, but what he's developed into as a leader, recruiter and quarterback should have Oregon fans excited about his future.

Oregon Ducks 2014 season rewind: Where does the defensive line stand?

Source: OregonLive
Where the Ducks go from here will be led by Buckner and Balducci.

Oregon's worst loss in the Dana Altman-era began with missed first-half opportunities against No. 6 Arizona

Source: OregonLive
TUCSON, Arizona -- Casey Benson's face could have said it all, if only it was visible.

EWU QB Vernon Adams Jr. the right fit for the Ducks

Source: CSNNW
Finally, the Vernon Adams Jr. rumor is out of the bag. He could be coming to Oregon. And if he does, the Ducks' quarterback quandary could be a thing of the past before it every really began.

Five-star quarterback recruit Kyler Murray to receive in-home visit from Oregon

Source: Daily Emerald
Murray is currently rated as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback of the 2015 class and the No. 13 player overall, according to ESPN.

No. 6 Wildcats race away from Ducks early in 90-56 rout

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's offense flowed, the floor spacing and crisp passing leading to open shots, most of those finding the bottom of the net.

28 January

Wildcats must limit Ducks' 3s, control glass to win

The Star takes a magnifying glass to the stat sheet and pokes and prods at what Arizona needs to do — and more importantly, needs to not do — as it takes on Oregon at 8 p.m. Wednesday at McKale Center.

What to expect when Arizona takes on Oregon

Sports reporter Zack Rosenblatt talks with Ryan Finley about tonight's UA game.

UA Basketball: Oregon and Oregon State coming to town

Sean Miller discusses the differences between the two and what it will take to win.

2014 Season Review: Defensive line

The line lost an amazing talent in (Arik) Armstead and a seasoned vet in (Sam) Kamp, and yet there’s little reason to think the unit should take a step back in 2015.

Position that needs improvement: Oregon

Source: ESP Pac-12 Blog
Speculation that Ohio State's Braxton Miller or Eastern Washington's Vernon Adams Jr. could transfer to Eugene has darted through Twitter, but nothing substantive has backed up that gossip as of right now.

Take Two: Is Oregon a preseason top-10 team?

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
In Mark Schlabach’s Way Too Early Top 25 for the 2015-16 season, he had Oregon listed as the No. 5 team.

Ducks hope to see some growth

Source: Register Guard
Less than three weeks after the Wildcats beat the Ducks 80-62 at Matthew Knight Arena, the two teams will face off again at 7 p.m. today at McKale Center.

Blount rides roller-coaster season to the Super Bowl

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PHOENIX — Two former Steelers teammates confronted Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount before he reached his seat at the Super Bowl media event Tuesday.

Young secondary shown the way

Source: Register Guard
Under the guidence of three now-departed seniors, Oregon’s new defensive backs know what it takes

Watching Stars Align

Source: Register Guard
“We struggled early on,” said (Max) Unger, an All-America lineman at Oregon from 2005-08. “We were finding our identity again.

Oregon Ducks 2014 season rewind: Joe Walker leads linebackers into next season, too

Source: OregonLive
Experience returns in bunches, with Coleman, Walker and Hardrick all projected to reprise their starting jobs (and Hardrick for a third season). Who fills the open job in the 3-4 scheme, at outside linebacker, could hinge on the question of confidence.

Gary Baker, 3-star defensive lineman, commits to Oregon Ducks

Source: OregonLive
Scout three-star defensive end Gary Baker committed to Oregon on Tuesday evening during an in-home visit with coach Mark Helfrich, defensive coordinator Don Pellum, defensive line coach Ron Aiken and linebacker coach Erik Chinander.

Oregon Ducks Top 10 football recruits: No. 4 Alex Ofodile

Source: OregonLive
Alex Ofodile is aware that the Oregon football program is known for producing elite quarterbacks and running backs.

Oregon basketball looks to fix road woes in one of college basketball's toughest environments

Source: OregonLive
The Pac-12, where traveling dreams go to die. At least that's been the case so far this men's basketball season.

Former Oregon Duck, Patrick Chung at Super Bowl media day: "I love Oregon"

Source: CSNNW
Former Oregon Duck and current New England Patriots safety, Patrick Chung, spoke to reporters at Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day

Four Factors: Oregon men’s basketball at Arizona (charts)

Source: Daily Emerald
Following its impressive sweep of USC and UCLA, the Oregon men’s basketball team is in search of its first quality win of the season against No. 6 Arizona in Tucson.

Oregon football’s Sam Kamp leaving program

Source: Daily Emerald
“I’ll graduate this spring as a proud University of Oregon double major and I can’t wait to find out what opportunities I can take advantage of in the future!” he said.

Oregon's rebuilding project begins at QB

Source:ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Oregon has firmly entrenched itself in the upper echelon of college football. It is no longer just a team out West that competes with the Alabamas and the Florida States of the world. Other teams compete with the Oregons of the world.

Oregon's recruiting class-led by Waller, Griffin-highlights pure athletes

Source: Soundcloud (Bleacher Report)

Ducks Look To Show Growth In Rematch With Arizona

Against a team like Arizona, stocked with five-star recruits, the UO men's basketball team needs to execute.

27 January

No. 6 Arizona Awaits Ducks in Desert

Oregon wraps up the first half of Pac-12 play by facing the Arizona schools for the second time this season.

Sorkin works way out of redshirt

Source: Register Guard
Now that a redshirt season is not an option, Oregon freshman Roman Sorkin will work toward playing more meaningful minutes.

Oregon Ducks Top 10 football recruits: No. 5 Malik Lovette

Source: OregonLive
After (the Semper Fidelis All-American game), Rivals West Recruiting Analyst Blair Angulo(rose) his ranking up 76 spots – to the No. 110 prospect overall and the No. 4 all-purpose back in the country ...

Oregon Ducks football commits bond, recruit through group message

Source: OregonLive
The idea started with defensive lineman Gus Cumberlander, but materialized through defensive back James "P.J." Locke.

2015 Oregon Ducks Outlook: Defensive backs

Source: CSNNW
Oregon won't be as experienced in the secondary but at the very least it will be more athletically gifted all the way around. Plus, it will have far more size. There's little reason to believe that Oregon's defensive backs won't have a major impact in 2015.

DE Matt Mariota, younger brother of Marcus Mariota, plans to walk-on at Oregon

Source: CSNNW
A source confirmed to that Matthew Mariota will join the team in the summer as a "preferred walk-on."

Oregon Men Overtake Florida For No. 1 Spot in NCAA DI National Team Rankings

Oregon women are at number 4.

Report: Marcus Mariota’s younger brother Matthew will sign with Oregon

Source: Daily Emerald
Matthew Mariota, the younger brother of former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, will sign a letter of intent to play for the Ducks, according to Rob DeMello of KHONews.

Chloe Stiles dismissed from Oregon women’s basketball team

Source: Daily Emerald
She said that her removal from the team coincided with a failed random drug test. She also said in the email that the coaching staff told her she was disloyal and that they had issues with her academics.

26 January

2014 Season Review: Offensive line

The silver lining of playing a year without Johnstone, and having Crosby and Pierson thrown into the fire at midseason, is that the offensive line’s prospects for 2015 are probably brighter than they might otherwise have been.

ESPN, NFL lobby for changes in College Football Playoff calendar

Source: Sports Business Daily
The CFP semifinals on New Year’s Day already proved their ability to attract viewers. The semifinals — played at the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual — each drew more than 28 million viewers. At the time, they were the two most-viewed programs in cable TV history.

2015 Pac-12 Returning Starters

Source: Phil Steele
Oregon at #10 in Pac-12 with 12 (7/5); UCLA at #1 with 18 (10/8)

NFL Draft 2015: 5 under-the-radar prospects to watch

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB Oregon: The 5-foot-9 cornerback was seen as a consensus first rounder as arguably the best senior cornerback in the Class of 2014, but with teams worried about the knee, he will almost certainly slip. That is a mistake.

SEC schools still leading the way on the recruiting trail

Source: NBC Sports
You might be wondering about the Pac-12, especially given the rise of the conference as a whole on the playing field the last few seasons. Yes, the Pac-12 is doing just fine.

Mariota intends to compete at pro day

Source: Register Guard
During a press conference in Laie, Hawaii, the now former Duck quarterback said he plans to participate in Oregon’s pro day on March 19 inside the friendly confines of the Moshofsky Center.

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    -  2006 Oklahoma Game

    -  Oregon Boogie 2009

    -  Road Trip 2011

    -  Oregon at Michigan 2007

    -  Civil War 2013 (The Final Drive)

    -  2013 Autzen's The Place To Be 

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