Quack Fix: Galen Rupp, Rose Bowl on ESPN, 2012 Directors Cup Standings and LaMichael James

There is no greater disaster than underestimating your enemy. Underestimating your enemy means loosing your greatest assets. When equal forces meet in battle, victory will go to the one that enters with the greatest sorrow. My greatest sorrow? Not enough ice cream sandwiches in the fridge. On to the quack.

  • In case you missed it, former University of Oregon track star Galen Rupp broke the Legend's 40-year record in the 5000 meters at the Olympic Trials from Hayward Field on Thursday. Galen's success at the University of Oregon was impressive to say the least. To go out and break Steve Prefontaine's record at the Olympic Trials and make the team? He has to be considered as one of the great distance runners in Oregon history (if he wasn't already). When we are looking back at Rupp's career 20 years from now, how close to Pre will he be?
  • Galen Rupp wasn't the only one to punch his ticket to London. Former Oregon star Brianne Theisen is the sixth alum to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic games, wrapping up her heptathlon at the Canadian Olympic Trials. Boo Canada but Go Ducks!
  • We talked earlier in the Spring about how this could be one of the most successful years for the athletic department. The final Director's Cup standings were released on Wednesday and the University of Oregon finished 24th in the standings, good enough for 5th place in the Pac-12 Conference. Stanford, UCLA and USC all finished in top 10. Conference of Champions? Definitely. Here are the complete standings for D1.
  • It was announced that the Rose Bowl has agreed to a 12-year extension with ESPN that will keep the game on the network through 2026. Whatever the final format for the playoffs ends up being, ESPN is at least going to carry the Rose Bowl. As a note, anyone else noticing all of the decade long contracts college football organizations are signing? I hope everyone is happy with the deals they are making because it will be fun trying to adapt if there is a screw up somewhere.
  • Interesting take from Bill Dwinells at Niners Noise about LaMichael James possibly being the steal of the draft.
  • Need a quick jaunt down memory lane? ESPN is profiling the more recent history of the University of Oregon football program and how that has translated into current recruiting gains for the school.
And finally, it's been all fun and games in our Friday videos. We are under 2 months to go until football. We, as fans, need to start scouting the competition. That is why we need to look at the 2011 Red Wolves in some highlights of their championship season in the Sun Belt.
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