I hope you didn't drink too much of the above, but if you did, here's a little Morning Quack to take the edge off:
- ESPN's Ted Miller used the St. Patrick's Day theme in all his posts yesterday, discussing everything from the Pac-10's greenest units to the best and worst spent green to what makes each Pac-10 team green with envy. He even handed out a few four-leaf clovers. Oregon, of course, got plenty of mention.
- While most of us were distracted by the news regarding Bryce Brown's decision to attend Tennessee on Monday, The Register-Guard ran Ron Bellamy's column on why Oregon should retain Ernie Kent as the Ducks' head coach. But unlike R-G columnist George Schroeder, who wrote a piece last month in defense of Kent, Bellamy emphasizes Kent's success in academics as the primary reason for keeping him around, pointing out that Kent has lead the Ducks to "the best academic progress rate in the conference for the past several seasons."
- Just days after the Ducks captured the NCAA Division I Indoor National Championship, GoDucks.com reports Ducks Galen Rupp and Ashton Eaton have been named National Indoor Track and Field Male Athletes of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The award is quite a mouthful, but certainly nothing short of deserving for Rupp and Eaton.
- If you have a few extra minutes, read Ken Goe's feature on former Oregon football player Bjarne Jensen. It's an interesting, albeit tragic, story that's definitely worth a read.
A few announcements from Oregon's football team: Redshirt freshman Jennings Stewart, the Ducks offensive scout team award winner from last season, will play on the other side of the ball next year; defensive tackle Hayden Piper has left the team; and redshirt freshman Dion Jordan moved back to tight end from a season at wide receiver.
- One last thing: Make sure you show you're support for 21-year-old Oregon student Kailee, one of 64 coeds vying to be named America's Hottest College Girl by CollegeHumor. Voting in the match-up between Kailee and Texas A&M's Arlette begins this Friday.
That's all I've got. If you see something else around, post it in the comments.