There are only a few stories of note out there this morning, some of which were touched on here last night. Enjoy your fix.
- The big football news from yesterday was the decision by kicker Mike Bowlin to leave the team and university. Moseley suggests that Bowlin's involvement in the fight that led to Rob Beard's hospitalization may have had something to do with his decision.
- It looks like Bill Moos is a candidate to become the new AD at Wazzu. As part of his ouster from Oregon, Moos accepted a $2 million payout over ten years. If he were to accept the Cougar job, he would forfeit about $1.4 million. Nick Daschel writes that it all comes down to money -- if Wazzu is willing to pay up a big enough portion of Moos' buyout, he'll return to his alma mater.
- Bob Clark writes that the Pac-10's Coach of the Year should go to Herb Sendek or Kevin O'Neill. I'd probably give an edge to Sendek at this point, but the fact that USC did not immediately lay down this season after the NBA defections from last year and the self-imposed ban on the postseason is pretty remarkable. And, unsurprisingly, in his weekly rankings, Clark has Oregon back in the basement.
- Mike Tokito has a blog entry up that looks at the turnarounds made by Cal and Arizona State after a coaching change. Tokito reminds us who the other finalists for the job were when Kent was hired in 1997, a list that includes coaches from Cal State Northridge and Montana as well as a UO assistant -- talk about underwhelming. But as Tokito notes, the heightened profile of Oregon athletics, the new arena and ability to offer a generous salary should be enough to attract a much more interesting list of candidates this time around.
- Finally, Ron Bellamy takes a look back at Ronnie Lee, who will serve as an honorary captain for this Thursday's game against Stanford. Lee is Oregon's all-time leader in points and assists, was a four-time all-league selection and a three time All-American. And, for those of us too young to remember Lee's impact on campus, Bellamy writes that Joey Harrington's prominence on campus was as great as Lee's ... maybe. Definitely a good read on an all-time Oregon great.
As usual, post your comments and any other newsworthy links below. Go Ducks!