Lots of good quack out there this morning, mostly focusing on the aftermath of Oregon's big win against the Cardinal. Enjoy!
- Rob Moseley's feature piece today is on LaMichael James and his ascension up the ranks on several all-time Oregon lists. With James currently averaging 178 ypg, Moseley offers the following (jaw-dropping) tidbit: "Should he keep up that pace, James would not only finish as Oregon’s all-time single-season rushing leader, but the Ducks’ career leader as well — with two seasons of eligibility remaining." To see Oregon's top-10 lists, check out the media guide.
- It was announced yesterday that Chip Kelly will be reprimanded for his comments right before halftime regarding the officials during the Stanford game. Kelly became visibly upset during the game after he couldn't get an official to come over and explain why his team had been penalized. If he really wanted an explanation from the official, he should have just broken out The Stare™.
- John Hunt takes a look at Oregon's preparations for the Cougars, who have been losing by an average of 22 points so far this season. I agree with Darron that this is a week to work on cleaning things up, on both sides of the ball.
- In case you missed it yesterday, Ted Miller asks: is Oregon the new USC? Miller focuses a lot on the play of Darron Thomas and the Oregon defense, on which he concludes: "Folks say defense wins championships. The Ducks defense is good enough to win a championship." Miller also does his quick previews of the upcoming week.
- Bob Clark writes that the 12 Athletic Directors for the Pac-12 will meet in San Francisco this week to begin discussions on the new conference, though nothing official will be decided until the presidents and chancellors meet later this month. Clark gives a rundown of the three big issues to be decided: divisional alignment, revenue sharing and the location of a football championship game.
- In alumni news, Patrick Chung tried his best to single-handedly win the Patriots - Dolphins game last night. Chung blocked a punt *and* a field goal (which was returned for a TD by New England) and then, for good measure, returned an interception 51 yards late in the game for a touchdown.
Make sure to check out the videos after the jump.
Here's ESPN's Pardon the Interruption segment on Oregon jumping Boise State in the polls:
Terrell Turner talking about the #3 ranking and Wazzu:
Mark Asper gives his thoughts as well:
And, Brandon Bair:
Chip Kelly on the Cougars:
Darron Thomas on opponents faking injuries: