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First, Dave mentioned in one of his comments that he has included a list of recruits for football and basketball in the left sidebar -- a nifty little feature to keep up on recruiting.  If anyone hears any updates, feel free to post as a diary or comment so we can keep the list up-to-date.  

A few stories out there today.  First, Rob Moseley discusses Colvin's never-ending quest to finally break out.  Moseley compares (pretty accurately, in my opinion) Colvin's Oregon career with the football team as a whole over the last five years:


For some, Colvin embodies the last five years at Oregon: a lot of glitz and glamour off the field, but inconsistency on the field. Colvin, at 6-foot-2 and a chiseled 207 pounds, looks the part of an all-American but doesn't have the numbers to match. Oregon has all the amenities of a national powerhouse, but averaged about a 7-5 record from 2002-06 (37-25).

Also in the Register-Guard is an article discussing the 27 former Ducks and Beavers that have made NFL rosters this season.  Of note is that Peter Sirmon, who was one of my favorite Ducks while he played, has decided to retire.  Also, Kailee Wong has decided to retire.  Wong graduated from North Eugene (my high school) before playing collegiately at Stanford.  The article claims he played for Willamette High School, but I am almost 100% positive he was a Highlander.

Finally, Brian Meehan has a piece on the contracts of the new baseball coaches.  Contrary to what was originally speculated, Horton will not be the highest paid coach in the country.  Rather, he is "apparently" the highest paid coach in the conference, if you include all of his incentives.  Meehan also discusses the difficulty of a collegiate baseball program actually generating revenue.  According to the article, only LSU, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Texas have programs that do not operate in the red.  Despite this, Kilkenny has stated that he plans to have the program generating profit within seven years, using the new stadium as the primary source.  An appropriately sized new stadium combined with a rabid Oregon fan base might be enough to do it.