I thought about faking an injury to get out of writing this post, but I'm better than that. Here's your Wednesday Morning Quack Fix:
- LaMichael James, David Paulson and Carson York were all named to the Pac-10 all-academic first team, the conference announced yesterday. Three Ducks made the second team, while six were listed as honorable mention, including senior Nate Costa. James was also listed as one of 15 "players to watch" for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award.
- With the BCS on a collision course with another epic controversy, ESPN.com's Ryan McGee reflects on the top 6 BCS "bridesmaids" of the system's 12 tumultuous seasons. If you don't have an ESPN Insider account, check out Ted Miller's analysis of McGee's post. Oregon's 2001 snub comes in at No. 3.
- Ken Goe has a feature on former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti's interest in returning to the sideline. I don't blame Bellotti for wanting to get back in the game. When he originally hung up the whistle, I was pretty shocked. It's hard to imagine Bellotti on another team's sideline, just as it was tough to see Rich Brooks on Kentucky's sideline the past half decade. We'll see how it all plays out, but my hope is Coach Bellotti does what's best for him and his family...and for us fans. (In other words, don't take the Colorado job, Mike!)
- Jeremy Jacob appears to be showing progress after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery back in late October. On a team with only three players over 6'6", the 6'8" forward will be nice to have back in the lineup, which was originally expected to be in December.
- In other news, the Oregon men’s cross country team remained at No. 3 in the coaches’ poll. Meanwhile, the women moved up one spot to No. 6.
- Much has already been made of the alleged fake injuries by Cal in last Saturday's win in Berkeley. Seemingly everyone is weighing in on the topic, including Ted Miller and Ken Goe, and according to a source, the fake injuries were actually part of Cal's game plan. Whether the allegations are true or not, this video at least puts a comedic spin on the debate (video after the jump). Frankly, I don't care whether he did or didn't fake it. Let the woeful Pac-10 officials deal with it. Meanwhile, we won. 'Nuff said.
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