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Quack Fix: First 2011 recruit, a midseason recap, and men's hoops kick off

Bye weeks are always brutal, making the Morning Quack Fix that much more important. And that's why I'm here, people. So, here you go:

  • The Ducks have landed their first 2011 recruit, and he's a douzy. Tyson Coleman of Lake Oswego verbally committed to Oregon yesterday. Coleman is undoubtedly going to be a 4-star, maybe even a 5-star, recruit. But 2011 is a long way off, so let's hope Chip Kelly and Co. can keep him focused and make him a Duck. All in all, the Coleman commitment is a good sign the coaching staff is focusing on hauling in local talent, as the 2011 Oregon class looks to be loaded.
  • The Oregon men's basketball team officially kicks off the season this Friday when the Ducks host "Opening Night" at McArthur Court. The event, which immediately follows Oregon's volleyball match with Cal, will feature an autograph-signing session and an intrasquad scrimmage. Season tickets go on sale starting Friday, as well.
  • The Oregonian's John Hunt offers a look back at the Ducks midway through the season. He also posted a piece discussing just how dominant Oregon has been through its first three Pac-10 games. But let this be a reminder to all: The three conference foes the Ducks have beaten (Cal, Washington State and UCLA) are a combined 0-8 in conference play. In other words, it's still a tough road ahead.
  • The R-G's Rob Moseley posted a poll yesterday: Who's Oregon's MVP so far this season? Tough call, but I'm leaning toward LeGarrette Blount.
  • And finally, in his weekly Oregon Strategy Session, Bleacher Report scribe Fletcher Johnson discusses the Ducks' need for a healthy Jeremiah Masoli in order to keep winning. After watching the way our defense has shut down three straight Pac-10 opponents, it's hard to pinpoint one need, but with so many tough games ahead, it's hard to imagine the winning continuing without Masoli under center.

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