Only 39 days until football! Here's your Tuesday quack.
- The Register-Guard has the contract details for the new assistant coaches hired as part of Dana Altman's staff. It sounds like none of the assistants (or Altman) have "fully executed" contracts, but all have signed term sheets that are contractually binding. That's a step in the right direction, at least.
- It looks like we may have the Pac-12 in 2011: Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe is hopeful that an agreement between the conference and departing Colorado could be reached by the start of the upcoming season and that it "makes the most sense" for both Colorado and Nebraska to join their new conferences in 2011.
- The New York Times has a piece on Larry Scott and his desire to raise the profile of the Pac-10 conference. And, it looks like Larry Scott is taking a page from Oregon's book as a proposed marketing blitz will include billboard advertisements for the conference in Times Square. And, Jon Wilner offers up a profile of Commissioner Scott.
- A Texas recruiting blog has an entry on the recent success both Oregon schools have had at signing players from the lone star state. Although, I am not sure I buy the theory that these successes might be tied to a highlight video provider that specializes on Texas preps. It seems like a question of what comes first: did Oregon find a good video provider that specializes on high school players in Texas and then decide to recruit the state or did Oregon target athletes in Texas first and then find the necessary video. The latter seems more likely and the success (or interest in recruiting the state) would not seem to be tied to a particular video provider.
- In today's edition of Masoli Watch, David Brandt of the Clarion Ledger takes a look at what needs to happen for Masoli to join the Ole Miss football team. Tyson Alger has a blog entry up for the Oregonian that features quotes from executive assistant Athletic Director Bill Clever who notes that Oregon would have to approve a waiver in order for Masoli to be eligible to play next season. While the situation surrounding Masoli's departure from the university may be unique, Clever says that the waivers are typically granted in order to "support an athlete further into academics." Bottom line: Masoli would most likely be eligible to play this season for Ole Miss if that's what he and Houston Nutt want.