Quack Fix: Masoli to the sidelines, Dunigan to Israel, BYU to the WCC

[Ed. note- this post was written by PaulSF, but posted by jtlight due to technical issues] One. More. Day. The 2010 college football season starts tomorrow. I can hardly stand it. And with the Ducks opening their season on Saturday, there's no shortage of Quack, but I tried to trim it down to the good stuff. Here's your last offseason Morning Quack Fix. Enjoy!

  • The big headlines yesterday belonged to former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, whose request for a waiver to allow him to play this fall for Ole Miss was denied by the NCAA. Ole Miss is expected to appeal the ruling. I can honestly say I was disappointed when I heard the news for two reasons: One, I'm honestly rooting for Masoli to succeed in what will ultimately be his last chance, and two, I'm really tired of hearing about his saga. Call me insensitive, but it's mostly the latter.
  • Reports yesterday afternoon indicated Oregon center Michael Dunigan was set to sign a three-year contract to play professionally in Israel. However, as Dave noted in a post yesterday, these reports are unconfirmed. It sounds like he has yet to decide. This would be another setback for the post-Ernie Kent Ducks, but let's hope Dunigan makes the right decision for himself and his career.
  • The Oregonian's Ken Goe and John Hunt were both busy yesterday, with features on Darron ThomasBrandon Bair, the Ducks' potential impact true freshmen, as well as the offensive and defensiveplayers to watch this weekend.
  • Rob Moseley also has a couple of good pieces this morning. First, he has a blog post on Chip Kelly and how he works with his QBs. He also has a piece on Oregon's reserves, and the role that they are expected to play this season. This is one of the deepest teams Oregon's ever assembled, and it should be fun to watch.
  • Speaking of Thomas, ESPN.com's Ted Miller compares him to Dennis Dixon in this week's video mailbag. Interesting fact I was not aware of: Nate Costa's 40-yard dash time is actually slightly faster than Thomas's.
  • Also from Miller, his top 10 Pac-10 Heisman candidates, with LaMichael James coming in at No. 3.
  • Good news and bad news from a few former Ducks. First, the good: It looks like rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond III's situation with the Seattle Seahawks just got a little better. On the flip side, former Oregon hoops star Malik Hairston has been released by the Italian team that signed him a mere month ago.
  • It looks like BYU has finally found a home...in the West Coast Conference?! I'll be honest...this one shocked me. With Boise State and now Fresno State and Nevada joining the Mountain West, I just don't see how this adds up for the Cougars to go independent in football. With these new additions, it would seem the Mountain West is a lock to become an automatic qualifying BCS conference. Did BYU just shoot itself in the foot?
  • Make sure to check out the Oregon preview podcast from our frenemies over at CougCenter, with special guest Dave.

As always, post any relevant links in the comments. GO DUCKS!

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