Happy Friday everyone. It's another big weekend for Oregon sports as baseball finishes their season, and track and softball try and continue theirs.
- Tyler Anderson has been the star of the Oregon program the last two seasons, and his ability and work ethic have made him Oregon's career strikeout leader, and the 24th ranked prospect in the upcoming pro baseball draft. Tonight will likely be Anderson's last start as a Duck. Hopefully the team can give him a win against the Beavers.
- Oregon Track & Field had an excellent day yesterday, qualifying 5 members of their team for nationals. Long jumper Jamesha Youngblood made a single jump, which gave her eighth in the event, and with the top 12 qualifying, that's just as good as first. Javelin thrower Alex Wolff needed only 3 (of 6) throws to advance. Also, distance runners Bronwyn Crossman, Luke Puskedra and Parker Stinson advanced. The only semi-disappointment was in the 800m when Boru Guyota finished 4th after he was stepped on coming down the stretch, so he was running with his shoe half on. On appeal, he advanced to today's quarterfinals.
- Oregon softball starts their best of three series with Florida today at 11am, and the game will be on ESPNU. Florida is one of the best hitting teams in the nation, so Jessica Moore, who is 3rd in the nation in ERA, will have a very tough task.
- Phil Steele released his Pac-12 preseason picks. Can't quibble too much, with so many Ducks making the list. Michael Clay, Ricky Heimuli, and Dion Jordan were absent, most likely because they haven't started before, but I expect them to rank highly in the end of season list.
- Oregon recruit Oshay Dunmore has been one of the most open recruits we've ever had. He often talks with Duck Territory, and just recently talked with Rob Moseley. Well, he's at it again, as OregonLive has a video interview with him after his performance at the OSAA Class 4A Track & Field State Championships.
- While the Pac-12's new media deal is the most lucrative in college sports, it's not going to stay stagnant for the next decade. Larry Scott has claimed that Pac-12 Media Enterprises could earn the conference an additional $1 billion over the length of the contract. The growth potential for the Pac-12 Network is going to be massive, and will keep the conference at the top of college athletics for years.