Better late than never, here's your Wednesday
Morning Afternoon Quack Fix:
- In case you missed it Monday, Oregon got another quarterback commitment from 4-star Floridian Jerrard Randall, an ESPN150 recruit who appears to fit the dual-threat model head coach Chip Kelly loves in his signal callers. Randall is the second QB in Oregon's 2011 class after Hawaiian Marcus Mariota committed last month.
- Speaking of quarterbacks, former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is lingering in the news after pleading not guilty to the charges that ultimately led to his dismissal from the Oregon football team. Despite the black cloud over Masoli's head, rumor has it Utah State is interested in giving him yet another chance.
- Former Oregon assistant men's basketball coach Mike Dunlap has accepted a position on new St. John's head coach Steve Lavin's staff.
- In other news, 28 Ducks received All-American honors after last weekend's performance at the 2010 NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene. Additionally, the Duck women were named the national program of the year.
The aftermath following the Big 12's 11th hour resurgence was yesterday's hot topic. The blogosphere is still trying to make sense of what happened as Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe went from lamb to lion in less than 24 hours following Texas' decision to stay in what seemed like a dead conference walking. There are far too many links out there to post here, but I did my best to summarize:
- It seems like everyone is trying to sort out what led to the Pac-16's demise and the Big 12's resurgence. Money was no doubt the biggest factor, but it wasn't the only factor. Politics certainly played a role. But, in actuality, the straw that broke the camel's proverbial back was Kansas. Rock Chalk, motherf*ckers. All kidding aside, I think it's safe to say there were a lot of factors. Of course, despite coming out on top, Beebe still managed to take a jab at Pac-10 fans. Meanwhile Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott took the high road.
- If you're looking for a retrospective explanation of what exactly happened to save the Big 12, the world's favorite new blogger Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com breaks it all down. If you're looking for a more lighthearted approach, read Dr. Saturday's rendition.
- So what's next for Pac-10 expansion? We heard Utah gave the Mountain West notice yesterday of its intentions to leave the conference, but apparently they still don't have an offer from the Pac-10...yet. ESPN.com's Ted Miller breaks it all down.
Sorry again for the delay. Too much going on this week. As always, leave any relevant links or comments below.