Quack Fix: Ducks Extend Their Season; Bellotti Working On A Punishment Policy.

While it would be a stretch to call last night's play-in game "great" (33 total turnovers), it was entertaining. The Ernie Kent saga continues to play out with today's 2:30 p.m. shot at top-seeded Cal. Here's some morning quack from around the web:

  • Tajuan Porter filled it up with 32 last night, but the Ducks win was basically gifted to them thanks to 12-of-25 free throw shooting by the Cougs. Mike Tokito of the Oregonian with the game wrap up and other notes from Pac-10 hoops.
  • The R-G's game recap by Bob Clark.
  • Bob Rickert took a break from reviewing Ernie Kent's possible replacements and posted some thought's on last night's dramatic win and the match-up with Cal just 15 hours later.
  • Of course, last night's game was a welcomed distraction from more sour news from the football program. I won't rehash the Jeremiah Masoli links, but there is some new stuff being posted. Amid speculation of pending punishments - most think Masoli's done - Adam Jude of the R-G takes a look at what Oregon's backfield might look like this fall.
  • George Schroeder writes that Friday's court dates for Masoli and LaMichael James represent a judgment day of sorts for Chip Kelly. More importantly, Schroeder unveils some details of a new punishment policy being formulated by athletic director Mike Bellotti.
  • Over at Bleacher Report, contributor Caleb M. sizes up Oregon's NFL prospects: Ed Dickson, T.J. Ward, Walter Thurmond III and LeGarrette Blount.
  • Oregon Track and Field coach Vin Lananna won't travel with the team for the 2010 Indoor Championships. Curtis Anderson of the R-G reports that Lananna's doctor has advised him to stay put.

That's about it for the early morning quack. No doubt there will be considerable chatter throughout the day. Keep your eye out for previews of the Oregon women getting ready to take on USC in their Pac-10 tournament. Baseball kicks off a 9-game home stand with a 5 p.m. match-up with Seattle U. on Friday. LaCrosse tries to get back on track when Iona comes to Pape Field on Saturday.

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