Guess who's back, back again. Quack is back, tell a friend...
- It appears the University of Oregon has its next president. University of Kansas provost and executive vice chancellor Richard Lariviere has been chosen the sole finalist to take over for outgoing president Dave Frohnmayer in July. Wait, did they say Dr. Ronald Chevalier?
- Oregon's Legislature plans to unveil a bill this week that would require all Oregon state universities to interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a head football coach. House Bill 3118 is apparently modeled after the NFL's Rooney Rule, which was implemented in 2003. The Oregonian's Ken Goe thinks this is a step forward, as the bill does not dictate whom a university must hire, but still allows minority candidates to get a foot in the door.
- ESPN's Ted Miller continued his position-by-position breakdown of the Pac-10 yesterday with the conference's tight ends. Not surprisingly, Oregon's in "Great shape" with second-team All-Pac-10 selection Ed Dickson returning, along with seven other tight ends behind him on the depth chart.
- The Register-Guard's Ron Bellamy reports Tajuan Porter was hurt in practice yesterday, but remains probable for Thursday's match-up at USC. In other words, forget we even mentioned it.
- Former Oregon quarterback Bob Berry (1962-64) is on the 2009 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot released by the National Football Foundation yesterday. Only seven Ducks have been inducted into College Football's Hall: Five former players (J.W. Beckett, John Kitzmiller, Norm Van Brocklin, Mel Renfro, and Bobby Moore/Ahmad Rashad) and two former head coaches (Len Casanova and Hugo Bezdek). Can you name the six former Ducks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? (Hint: Two of them are listed here.)
- As ntrebon pointed out yesterday, USA Today has an interesting piece on two U.S. basketball players set to play professionally in Iraq, and one of them is former Oregon big man Adam Zahn. Kudos to Zahn for having the guts to blaze a trail for high-level hoops to the Middle East.
- Oregon's baseball team came up short in Seattle yesterday, falling to the Huskies, 5-3. On a positive note, the Ducks' offense continues to improve, outhitting Washington, 8-5. They'll take on the Huskies again today at 3:00 p.m. PST.
- After being waived by the 49ers last month after five seasons in San Francisco, former Oregon safety Keith Lewis signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
- And, in case you missed it on Tuesday night, former Oregon star and current L.A. Clippers guard Fred Jones' half-court buzzer beater made it to No. 8 on ESPN SportsCenter's top plays. It's probably the only time Freddy's made it on a top plays list for anything other than a dunk.
Ed: As a parting gift, here is the most incredible thing that you will ever see. And you though Lou Holtz was bad at analyzing football... (HT: Team Speed Kills.)
As always, if you find anything else out there, post it in the links. Until tomorrow morning...GO DUCKS!