Despite spring practices ending with Saturday's spring game, there's still a lot of football quack out there today. Hopefully, it's enough to last until fall camp.
- Dana Altman signed his first player as the new basketball coach as point guard Johnathan Loyd (Las Vegas, NV) signed a LOI yesterday. It sounds like Loyd had been interested in Oregon since watching the 2007 Ducks in the NCAA tournament and he viewed Altman's hiring as a potential opportunity for joining the Ducks after Altman had unsuccessfully tried to recruit him to Creighton. Bob Clark also notes that the decisions to transfer by Drew Wiley and Matt Humphrey are final, while Josh Crittle is continuing to consider his options. Bob Rickert notes that Oregon target Dwayne Polee is expected to make his announcement sometime this week as well.
- Rob Moseley's feature in today's Register-Guard takes a look at the football team after the conclusion of spring practices with the QB battle still unresolved. Chip continues to state that the QB he picks to start the season opener against New Mexico will be the one who gives the team the best shot to win. The R-G also has a position-by-position summary that includes the current state and a "lingering question."
- Moseley also has a Q & A up with Nate Costa from after Saturday's spring game. Many of the quotes found their way into the Register-Guard's Sunday coverage, but it's still worth checking it out as there are a few items I hadn't seen before -- including Costa grading himself for his work over the spring.
- Ted Miller takes a look at the "A-List" non-conference foes for the Pac-10 next season, which includes Oregon's game at Tennessee. Based on Miller's scouting, it appears he thinks Tennessee is A-list in name only. Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA have all three of their non-conference games listed.
- NationalChamps.net has named LaMichael James a preseason second team All-American, with Casey Matthews earning honorable mention. The second-team backfield is all Oregon, as Quzz is the other RB named.
- In baseball news, the Ducks are up to #15 in the latest poll by Baseball America and pitcher Justin LaTempa was named Pac-10 pitcher of the week after his dominating one-hit shutout over the weekend. Tonight, the Ducks host the Portland Pilots (ranked #22 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, which has Oregon at #19) who have won 10 straight games.