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Quack Fix: Conference awards and the sad state of the Pac-10 men's basketball conference

In case you're having trouble coming to terms with the fact that the Rose Bowl is more than three weeks away, here's some quack to tide you over:

  • Ron Bellamy has a story today about Chip Kelly being named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Bellamy also notes that Oregon is only the second conference champion to only have a single player earn first team honors.  He also notes that ballots for the all-conference teams were due last Wednesday -- before the final week of the season (though coaches could have changed their picks via a teleconference yesterday). 
  • Bob Clark takes a look at how the Pac-10 men's basketball teams are struggling against non-conference opponents this year.  There are only two conference teams in the top 100 of the RPI (UW at #6 and Cal at #28). Wow.  Clark ends the column with his weekly conference ranking, and Oregon comes in at #10 after their blowout loss to Missouri.   
  • Nick Daschel looks at where this year's Oregon team ranks among the Pac-10 conference champions over the last two decades.  Daschel puts them at #7, one spot ahead of the 2001 Oregon team. 
  • John Hunt has a blog entry up where he muses about the possibility of Jeremiah Masoli making a run at next year's Heisman.  Though, if it were up to Kelly, it sounds like there would be very little in an official "Masoli for Heisman" campaign besides his (and the team's) performance on the field.
  • DuckTerritory (subscription required) has a little more on the Ethan Grant decommitment.  It looks like he made a surprise visit to TCU this past weekend after there were earlier rumors that he might come back out to Oregon for the Civil War. 
  • Amanda Johnson earned conference player of the week honors after averaging nearly 21 points and 10 rebounds in three wins for the women's basketball team this past weekend.  Sounds like the men's team could have used her hot hand. 
  • Also, in case you missed it yesterday, rumors abound that Jim Harbaugh has, or will, interview for the Notre Dame head coaching position.  The above link to Jon Wilner's blog includes an update with a denial of the stories by the Stanford AD, who claims there is "absolutely no chance" that Harbaugh will be at Notre Dame next season.