Just when you think the Ducks are improving, they go and lose a game to a sub-200 RPI team. If you didn't catch Dominic's recap, make sure to check it out.
- Bob Clark has the summary in the Register Guard. Tajuan Porter said that the Beavers "out-toughed" the Ducks, while Michael Dunnigan said, "Having the whole week off (from games), we got sidetracked, I guess." While OSU used their 51 loss to Seattle U earlier this week as motivation, the Ducks just didn't play that same way. They didn't play with the same intensity, and were not mentally prepared. Ernie Kent took the blame for this, but after seeing this countless times over the past few years, it doesn't mean a whole lot.
- The big news in the college football world is the resignation of Pete Carroll as head coach of the USC Trojans to take a job with the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll will go down as one of the best coaches in Pac-10 (if not college football) history. While he doesn't have the national championships of some other coaches, Carroll dominated the Pac-10 during his nine years of coaching. So yeah, I'm glad he's leaving. And of course, the rumor mill is turning regarding why he's leaving.
- The early name for Carroll's replacement was Mike Riley, an unpopular choice with USC fans. But Riley decided to stick around at OSU, with a contract extension through the 2019 season. Riley's presence guarantees that OSU will be competitive in the Pac-10 for the next few years, which is something that's very good for the Ducks, as it gives a much higher profile to the Civil War.
- In recruiting news, the Army All-American high school all star game was Saturday, and Oregon picked up a verbal commitment from 4* DB Dior Mathis, out of Detroit's Cass Tech. Mathis adds even more depth to an already strong secondary class for the Ducks. Recruiting should only get more exciting, as the entire nation makes a push at every single USC commit as national signing day approaches.
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