Big news about Rob Beard hit the wire last night. More to come I'm sure, so let's get right to your Morning Quack Fix:
- Kicker Rob Beard has been charged with fourth-degree assault in connection with last month's incident that put Beard in the hospital. The charge is a misdemeanor. According to police, Beard is charged with attacking a 19-year-old woman during the fight, which included 20 to 40 people. Police aren't releasing any other details of the fight at this time.
- The hubbub about the Pac-10's expansion continues. Conference commissioner Larry Scott did an interview with ESPN's Colin Cowherd yesterday, again certifying the legitimacy of a possible expansion. Meanwhile, San Diego State's new AD Jim Sterk, who left the same post at Washington State earlier this week, "can't see" SDSU in the Pac-10. Thanks, Captain Obvious.
- The Oregonian's Jeff Smith has the inside scoop from head coach George Horton on the Oregon baseball squad's opening day lineup. The team opens its season against Cal State Fullerton this Friday in Southern California. But if you want a real preview, check out Bruins Nation's Ryan Rosenblatt's preview from Monday, as well as his Pac-10 baseball preview from last night. Good stuff, Ryan!
- In hoops news, junior LeKendric Longmire was back at practice yesterday after missing the last five games due to "unspecified academic deficiencies." I don't really see any need to specify those deficiencies. I like the ambiguity. I'm sure LeKendric doesn't mind it either.
- Former Oregon quarterback Bill Musgrave (not to be confused with Bill Musgrave) was named assistant head coach of the Atlanta Falcons yesterday. Musgrave, who joined the Falcons' staff as quarterbacks coach in 2006, is credited with the development of starting QB Matt Ryan.
- For those who haven't had the pleasure of watching Paul Westhead's squad this season (and I'm one of them), the Oregon women's basketball team's final game at Mac Court will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports Net on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2:00 p.m. PT. If you live outside the Northwest like I do, call your cable provider to see if this game is included with your package. If you've been able to watch regional broadcasts of the men's games, you shouldn't have any trouble with this one.
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