You've heard the phrase "no news is good news", right? I'm not sure that rings true when it comes to Oregon's basketball coaching search. Another day, another round of speculation and rumors. Here's your Quack:
- R-G columnist George Schroeder is reporting that Oregon's real target at the Final Four is Butler coach Brad Stevens. No question Stevens has had recent success, but is this an indication the university has exhausted it's attempts to land someone who's more of a household name?
- The R-G's Ron Bellamy caught up with Phil Knight to talk coaching search. When asked about the many rumors swirling through medialand, he used words like "ridiculous" and "hysterical".
- It's almost sad that a writer actually has to put "[SATIRE]" at the end of his headline, but then we've all experienced large-scale reading comprehension fail, yes, even here at ATQ. Marc Daley has a little fun at the expense of John Calipari, Tom Izzo and some 7-4 kid from Zimbabwe who I've never heard of.
- The Oregonian yesterday had a field day with stories about Mike Bellotti's golden parachute. O writers have been stomping their feet about the university being less than cooperative when it came to details about Bellotti's $2.3 million severance payment. Oregon releases a statement. A chronology of Bellotti's departure from the AD position. Are you bothered by Oregon's handling of Bellotti's exit? Here are the poll results. Finally, Ken Goe writes that the university's explanation of the $2.3 million sum still leaves some questions unanswered.
- Oregon football announced that its Spring Game will be televised by ESPN2, on May 1 at 2 p.m. Festivities before and during the game will include a "Support Our Troops and Families" fan festival at the Moshofsky Center beginning at 10 a.m. that day.
- ESPN's Ted Miller has a response - of sorts - to George Schroeder's recent column about what may or may not happen with Jeremiah Masoli in 2011. Miller points out both similarities and significant differences between Masoli's situation and how Chip Kelly handled LaGarrette Blount's incident, suspension and reinstatement.
- No. 1 Arizona State is in town for a little hardball. The undefeated (23-0, 3-0) Sun Devils opened Pac-10 play with a three-game sweep of California. Duck baseball coach George Horton calls this "the ultimate challenge". Game one is this afternoon at 5 p.m. at PK Park.
- Meet four freshmen who have become catalysts of resurgence for Oregon softball. The Ducks (24-5) are currently ranked no. 21, and open Pac-10 play with a three-game set at Oregon State (19-14).
Well, so much for no news. Will today be the day we see some substantial movement in the coach hiring process? Probably not. But we can look forward to some Rob Moseley updates following this morning's spring practice....Mmmm, football.