It's time for the quack, and even a little bit early today:
- While Track Dual meets have been on the decline lately, Oregon and UCLA have done their best to revive the tradition, and new UCLA coach Mike Maynard has worked hard to keep the rivalry between the Bruins and the Ducks alive. Oregon coach Vin Lananna originally balked at travelling to LA but Maynard's persistence has paid off, and Oregon travels to LA this weekend to take on the Bruins for the first time since 1976.
- The Oregon defense dominated Wednesday's scrimmage, and if the Ducks want that continue this season, the new starters will need to step up. One player that's doing that so far is DT Taylor Hart, who drew rave reviews on Wednesday, but it seeming to get lost behind more touted players. Hart shocked OT Mark Asper at one point during the scrimmage, with a move that put him flat on his back. LB Michael Clay has also been playing well this spring, and credits his increased IQ for his strong play.
- One player that needs to introduction is Cliff Harris, who was recently profiled by Sporting News. While the article covers all of Kash's swagger, it also talks about his work ethic, and how he studies great cornerbacks of the past to improve his own game.
- Former Oregon DT recruit Delvon Simmons chose North Carolina on signing day, but after getting his release, he'll be headed to Texas Tech.
- George Schroeder has a piece on the new TV deal that Larry Scott is pursuing for the Pac-12. If you've been reading Jon Wliner's updates, it's nothing new, but is a good primer on the situation. Bottom line: the Pac-12 will be making a lot of money.
- Lastly, Ted Miller takes a look at the Pac-12 returning running backs. Five 1,000 yard backs lead the list, and at the top is LaMichael James. The rest of the 1,000 backs are solid, but it doesn't look like the league has the same depth that it did last year.
Leave anything else in the comments. Enjoy the weekend, and GO DUCKS!