Lots of quack to get to after a busy weekend. But let's hope the future is a bit quieter than recent weeks, as it seems that the Ducks legal problems are in the past.
The Oregon track and field teams were stellar this weekend. The Oregon women won the indoor track and field national championship at this weekend's meet in Fayetteville, Ark. The women (without head coach Vin Lananna, who was forced to stay at home due to health reasons) went into the second day of the meet with only 13 points, but stormed back, getting another 48 points, and beating second place Tennessee by 25 points.
- On the men's side, Ashton Eaton immortalized his already storied Oregon career, setting a world record in the indoor Heptathlon. Eaton PR'd the 1,000 meter race by over 4 seconds to set the record, which was previously set by Dan O'Brien in 1993. Eaton not only beat the old world record by 25 points, but beat his own record by 243. Simply a dominating performance by one of the best athletes to ever attend Oregon. Eaton's performance helped the Oregon men tie for second in the national meet with 44 points. They had hoped to finish with over 40 points, which they did, but fell to Florida who accumulated 57 points.
- The Oregon baseball team had a good weekend, winning a series against Seattle U, whose program has just been re-established this season. Unfortunately, the Ducks couldn't complete the sweep, and only won 3 out of 4. They were undone on Sunday by errors once again, as a passed ball allowed a three up, three down inning to continue, and Seattle took an early 3-0 lead, and Oregon fell 6-4. However, the Ducks still sit at 12-6 and have a good deal of momentum as Pac-10 play nears.
- With all the talk surrounding Jeremiah Masoli and LaMichael James, we may be overlooking the end of the Ernie Kent era. The Ducks were unsurprisingly left out of the NIT, and are not part of the 16-team CBI field. And just like that, what may be Ernie Kent's last season comes to an unceremonious end.
- The Pac-10 got two teams into the NCAA tournament. Washington won the Pac-10 tourney, and likely wouldn't have gotten in otherwise, as they were given an 11 seed. Cal, the winner of the conference regular season is an eight seed. We will be having an ATQ bracket challenge with prizes involved. Details will be posted in the next day or two, so be ready to enter when we post all the details!
- I'm not always a fan of Nick Daschel's writing, but he's done a very good job of looking at the recent Oregon legal troubles. His latest piece says its not time to judge Chip Kelly. And he's very right. As much as opposing fans will opine on how Oregon is headed towards disaster, these statements are absurdly premature. At this point, it looks like Kelly has taken the right steps, and time will tell if those steps bring about the desired result.
- In a bit of on the field football news, Rob Moseley continues his spring previews with a look at the defensive line. With fan concerns about the position, this will obviously be watched closely during practices.
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