Well, like Tako Tuesdays, football is back! Spring practices being this morning as the team begins to prepare for 2010 without Jeremiah Masoli behind center.
- The long-awaited meeting between Chip Kelly and Jeremiah Masoli took place yesterday. It seems that Masoli will remain at Oregon, though his level of participation in spring drills is still unknown. Interestingly, whenever Rob Moseley mentions that Masoli is sticking around, he qualifies it with phrases like "for now" and "for the time being". And, if you're bored with all the offseason drama, skip the first six paragraphs of the article to where Moseley transitions into a spring practices preview.
- The latest in Oregon's search for a basketball coach: Oregon has officially denied offering the head coach position to Tom Izzo. And, here's KEZI's (who reported the offer) response to the denial.
- Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune cites a source that both Phil Knight and Pat Killkenny flew to Pittsburgh to interview Jamie Dixon for the head coaching position. Knight and Kilkenny are also reported to have interviewed Mark Turgeon. I believe this is the first "official" report that I have seen confirming interviewees for the head coaching job.
- The Oregonian's Rachel Bachman reported yesterday that the Oregon Department of Justice is taking a look into the $2.3 million that Bellotti will be paid after leaving the university. Mark Baker of the Register Guard also has an article about the DOJ's review. Baker notes what I have been thinking for a while: Bellotti took a $1.2 million annual paycut when he moved to AD. It seems reasonable to me that when he agreed to become AD that he negotiated for and was promised part of the unpaid compensation that remained on his coaching contract. Unfortunately, everyone is remaining tight-lipped about the agreement.
- John Hunt takes a look at the defensive backs in his spring positional preview series. And, adding depth to the backfield will be Dior Mathis, Terrance Mitchell and James Scales who are on campus and ready to participate in spring drills.
- For those of in the Eugene area, there are three Matthew Knight Arena open houses scheduled in April that will give you a chance to take a tour of the new building. If any of you get a chance to stop by, make sure to post your thoughts in a fanpost.
As always, leave your comments and thoughts below.