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Quack Fix: Costa's career comes to unfortunate end, James a Maxwell Award semifinalist

Keep focusing, Duck fans. Oregon plays Cal in Berkeley in three days, and we haven't won there since 2001. This game is not to be taken lightly. Not now. Not when we're so close. We can't let our rival's athletic director putting his foot in his mouth distract us. Just win the day. Here's your Wednesday Morning Quack Fix:

  • In case you hadn't heard the official word, senior quarterback Nate Costa's career as a Duck is officially over, the Oregon athletic department announced yesterday. Costa, who injured his right knee in the third quarter of the Ducks 53-16 win over Washington last Saturday, will undergo surgery in the next few weeks. Costa answered questions for reporters yesterday, and was his usual, classy self. It's a shame his career had to end with such an unfortunate injury. He deserves a lot of credit for playing a vital role in the Ducks' success this season. And let's not forget that saved field goal against Arizona last year that ultimately spared our Rose Bowl season. If you have a comment you'd like to leave for Nate, Rob Moseley invites you to post it in the comments here.
  • I know many of you were worried about the SI cover curse after hearing LaMichael James is one of three players featured on the cover this week. Fortunately, he's not alone, which I think means we're safe. And speaking of James, he's also one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, given annually to the nation's best player.
  • The Civil War is set to kick off at 12:30 on Dec. 4 and will be televised on ABC. Who wants to look up the last 20 Civil Wars and their respective start times to see if there's a pattern? Not it.
  • Apparently Washington athletic director Scott Woodward's half-assed apology wasn't good enough. UW interim president Phyllis Wise essentially ordered Woodward to apologize personally for the inflammatory comment he made to a local Seattle radio station prior to the Ducks-Huskies game on Saturday regarding Oregon's academic prowess.

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