Well, after President Lariviere's press conference yesterday, that's all anyone can seem to talk about. Let's get to today's quack.
- Ron Bellamy has an opinion piece for the RG, and says the situation is a "mess." Tough to argue with that, but he also important words on why open records are important, and why the University should be more responsive to records requests. But based on Lariviere's comments during the press conference, it sounds like a new level of openness will be coming. While we'll have to wait and see if those words are backed up with action, I'm confident that we won't again be in a situation where important figures will be working without a contract. I'm glad that the University did right by Bellotti, but this whole situation could have been avoided if standard procedures were followed.
- Some good news coming out of all this, has some Oregon has set the AD search committee. The Oregonian has a list of all the members and a few details.
- The Ernie Kent watch is still on, with no word that an announcement will be coming anytime soon. But the way things have been going lately, a new coach will be announced when we least expect it. The main target at this point seems to be Butler's Brad Stevens, though it seems unlikely that he'd leave for Oregon after almost winning a national title at Butler. If Oregon doesn't get Butler, are there any other "big names" for the Ducks to pursue? I guess we'll just have to wait to find out.
- Oregon women's track is making a change this season, and making a strong commitment to the 4x400 relay team. Oregon did not have a team in the finals last year, and watched on the sidelines as they were unable to move up in that final event. While Oregon will not be straying from its distance roots, the commitment to the mile relay is paying off, as Oregon won the 4x400 in the indoor championships to seal the national title.
- Eddie Pleasant met up with DSA's AJ Jacobson on his transition to rover. DB seems to fit him well, with his speed and pass defense skills, but Pleasant does have to learn a new position, never an easy task.
- Sounds like Chris Harper is gonna end up at K-State where he would have ended up at Oregon: wide receiver. He won't be taking any snaps at QB this spring, and will be playing wide receiver exclusively.
Got any other quack to share? Leave it below. GO DUCKS!