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Quack Fix: USC & UCLA to get paid, 3 defensive "starters" questionable, & Cliff Harris the conformist?

One more day of waiting, and then it's time for yellow-out at 3D! In the meantime, here's your Wednesday Morning Quack Fix:

  • In case you hadn't heard, USC and UCLA are getting a sweetheart payout deal to finish out the remaining term of the Pac-10's TV contracts in order to pave the way for equal revenue sharing for the conference's next agreement. I'm not going to get into the specifics, since A) I don't know enough and B) it was discussed at length in the comments of yesterday's Quack Fix. But if you're looking for a pretty good summary of all the events, check out Brian Floyd's post on CougCenter.
  • John Hunt reported that the Ducks may be without three "starters" for Thursday night's game. Zac Clark (groin), Terrell Turner (toe), and Anthony Gildon (ankle) were all in uniform at yesterday's practice, but Hunt doesn't expect them to play. Kenjon Barner (concussion) is also expected to sit out this week's game. For more info, as well as a few highlights from Chip Kelly's press conference yesterday, check out Rob Moseley's Tuesday practice notes. Moseley also has a nice round-up of Oregon's national statistical standing.
  • Hunt also has a feature on the audacious Cliff Harris. You have to love Harris's confidence, but it sounds like his biggest weakness right now is conforming to the Ducks' system. I'm sure it's something that will come with maturity and experience, but given how talented he is, my guess is the system may need to conform to him a bit too.
  • Speaking of Oregon defensive backs, Aaron Fentress has a great feature on former Oregon standout Pat Chung. The former second-round pick for the New England Patriots is having a fantastic sophomore year in the NFL, including a breakout Monday Night Football game earlier this year in which he blocked a punt, a field goal and returned an interception for a touchdown. He's also posted double-digit tackles twice this season.
  • The venerable (or is it venereal) John Canzano interviewed several Ducks players and coaches yesterday, including Kelly and Spencer Paysinger.
  • And finally, the Oregon men's golf team finished seventh at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational, hosted by Cal, its best showing so far this fall.

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