With the Ducks holding their seventh practice (out of 15) on Monday, there's an abundance of football quack today. We'll get to that right after the obligatory basketball coaching search links.
- It's been four weeks since Ernie Kent was let go and Bob Clark writes that Oregon appears to be no closer in finding his replacement. Clark goes on to list five reasons why the Oregon job might not be that attractive to potential replacements.
- In other basketball news, there were rumors yesterday that assistant coach and recruiting guru Kenny Payne was about to join Calipari's staff at Kentucky. However, John Hunt checked in with Payne who claims the rumors are not true. Payne is yet another reason that I would like to see the coaching issue resolved soon -- his departure would be a big hit to the basketball program.
- The Ducks held a spring practice yesterday and there's a lot of quack about that. First, Nick Daschel writes that the quarterbacks struggled in the two-minute drill, though Kelly liked what he saw from Darron Thomas overall on Monday. In case you missed it in the comments of yesterday's quack fix, Adam Jude has a practice report up from yesterday with lots of good info, including Chip Kelly having a role in the "Play of the Day". And, Chris Courtney of eDuck has a few practice notes up, as well.
- There's also a lot being written on Oregon's QB competition. Matt Hayes of the Sporting News has a piece on "good guy" Nate Costa and his final (and, what could only be described as "unlikely" just a few months ago) opportunity to start at quarterback for the Ducks. Nick Daschel also notes that Daryle Hawkins, while a longshot, should not be forgotten.
- Moseley's feature in today's Register-Guard is on Coach Azzinaro's attempt to retool the defensive line. Despite only being on the staff for a year, Azzinaro has quickly become one of my favorite assistant coaches. Moseley takes a look at Zac Clark and Terrell Turner, who began the spring penciled in to start at tackle and end, respectively.
- Ted Miller has a blog entry about Oregon's defense and their expectation to improve upon a good 2009 season. Besides all of the returning talent, Miller highlights two players who have switched positions this spring: Eddie Pleasant and Dion Jordan. Included is this quote by Chip Kelly on Jordan: "I think he's going to be a special, special player. He's going to be the next really good football player here. He's shown it in just five practices. There are times he's unblockable."
- John Hunt has a blog piece on Diante Jackson, who is issuing a challenge to opposing defensive backs: "I'm going to run them over. When I catch the ball, I've got to get to the end zone. I don't care if I have to stiff arm you or run you over." Lots of good info on Jackson, so make sure to check it out.
- Finally, in track news, Oregon will host UCLA in a dual meet this Saturday at Hayward Field. The event will be televised from noon until 2 pm on OSN if you're in need of a Duck athletic fix.
After the jump, there are a few Duck related video clips for your enjoyment.
|Ducks coach Chip Kelly on Day 7|
Here's LaMichael James on making his Hayward Field debut: