With constant rumors that Oregon football will face serious sanctions, you're always in for an interesting weekend. Here's what happened over the weekend:
- The Oregon basketball regular season is over, but there's always hope in college basketball. Yes, the Ducks could still win a national championship! But first they must beat Arizona State in their Pac-10 tournament opener, who the Ducks have played poorly against twice this season. The Ducks know they can play better, and will need to bring a lot more energy than they did in their 20 point loss on Thursday.
- The baseball season started with such promise, but the Ducks are struggling, as they dropped another series, this time to Long Beach State. After winning the first game, the Ducks blew a 5-run ninth inning lead, and then lost 4-1 yesterday. The bullpen is getting plenty of attention after having dropped multiple leads, but the Duck bats aren't getting it done either, which leaves the Ducks sitting at 5-6 and facing the Beavers on Tuesday.
- Oregon is getting nailed with sanctions! Ok, probably not. But George Schroeder had two pieces on scouting services over the weekend. The first was on a scouting service that isn't being questioned in Southern California. That provided a nice contrast for Will Lyles, the much maligned street agent at the center of the recent controversy regarding Oregon recruiting. There's no doubt that questions regarding Lyles should be asked, and the NCAA is starting to ask those questions. But Schroeder (much like the recent Canzano articles) has painted a picture of doom and gloom, making it seem as if the likely outcome is that Oregon will suffer from its association with Lyles, despite little evidence to back up his insinuations.
- The Register Guard had a great piece yesterday on Vin Lananna, who has brought Oregon track back to prominence, and how he plans to keep the Ducks in the national spotlight. At the top of the list, reconfiguring Hayward Field and building an indoor facility, which will hosting the NCAA indoor track and field championships in 2014.