Quack Fix: Life after Lavasier, LaMichael sits out, and Kelly a finalist for Coach of the Year

First, there was the infamous Black Out. Then the half-assed attempt at a Yellow Out. So, the obvious next step is a Black & Yellow Out, right? Or, as one ATQer suggests, a Glow Out (if you're into the whole raver scene). By 2017, we'll be primed for my personal favorite, the Chartreuse Out. Let's start campaigning now. In the meantime, here's your Wednesday Morning Quack Fix:

  • As the Ducks prepare for their matchup with Arizona this weekend, they're also getting used to life without their best downfield blocker, Lavasier Tuinei. Meanwhile, LaMichael James sat out Tuesday's practice, this time with a bruised left leg, but Chip Kelly insists it was for precautionary reasons. Rob Moseley has more in his Tuesday practice report, as well as a few highlights from Coach Kelly's press conference.
  • Speaking of Kelly, he was named one of eight finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award. Just making the final 8 is an honor for Kelly, but I'm guessing he's the front-runner at this point. The other seven coaches to make the cut are Bret Bielema (Wisconsin), Gene Chizik (Auburn), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State), Jim Harbaugh (Stanford), Chris Petersen (Boise State), and Gary Patterson (TCU), who took home the award last year.
  • And while we're on the subject of great coaches, former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti was on hand for Tuesday's practice at the Moshofsky Center. Follow the link for the video.
  • Arizona is embracing the role of underdog heading into this weekend's game, and the Wildcats' top priority is to unseat the top-ranked Ducks. The Oregonian's John Hunt thinks the game will at least be interesting given the past few meetings between the two teams. Meanwhile, with cold weather on the horizon for Saturday, Arizona head coach Mike Stoops will only let the media speculate on how many snaps we can expect from dual-threat backup QB Matt Scott. Scott offers a different look than starter Nick Foles, so if the weather remains frigid, we can probably expect to see more of Scott than in week's past.
  • The Oregon men's basketball team got back on track following Saturday's loss to San Jose State to beat Texas Southern, 75-52, behind a balanced scoring attack that included six Ducks with 8 or more points and 11 with at least a point. The Ducks get a few days off for the Thanksgiving holiday before traveling north for their first real test (and by real test, I mean the ultimate test) when they take on top-ranked Duke on Saturday at the Rose Garden.
  • The R-G's George Schroeder has a great feature on head coach Dana Altman and the rebuilding process over at SI.com. Schroeder occasionally moonlights for the national publication, and this one is a must read.
  • Make sure you vote for our beloved mascot in the Capital One National Mascot of the Year contest. The Duck is taking on Ohio State's Brutus in the quarterfinals.

As always, leave any relevant links or comments below.

GO DUCKS!

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