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Quack Fix: Kent rumors all but confirmed, replacement chatter heating up

Tonight, the Ducks will take on Wazzu for the second time in five days. Can they win another in honor of their (seemingly) outgoing coach? Here's your Wednesday Morning Quack Fix:

  • After the R-G's Bob Clark reported yesterday that Ernie Kent had informed his players he will not be returning after this season, the Oregonian's John Hunt confirmed the report, as did Kent could be coaching his last game as head coach of the Oregon Ducks tonight, when the Ducks take on Washington State in the Pac-10 Tournament opener.
  • And just as the "Fire Ernie Kent" exclamations are starting to die down, the chatter around who will replace Kent is heating up. It seems every Oregon-connected coach in the directory is showing up on someone's list. Everyone from former Blazers coach P.J. Carlesimo to former Blazer star Terry Porter to current Blazers assistant Monty Williams are being tossed around. Oh, and then, of course, there's Mike Dunleavy, who parted ways with the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday. Odd timing? Probably. But it does make you wonder.
  •'s Ted Miller opens the mailbag and answers a reader's question about Oregon's defensive line, specifically incoming freshman Ricky Heimuli.
  • Oregon's Taylor Lilley was named to the Pac-10's all-conference team yesterday. The senior guard, who holds the Pac-10 single-season record for three-pointers made, was the only Duck mentioned on the postseason awards list.
  • We're all aware that EDSBS is getting a big kick out of Oregon's recent off-field issues. But apparently so is an anonymous (and mildly creative) Craigslist poster.

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