We're one week away from fall camp, and less than 5 weeks from gameday at Autzen. Here's some quack to pass the time just a little bit faster:
- Well, it's official. Jeremiah Masoli will walk-on at Ole Miss, and will be eligible to play this season. Now that Masoli has finally found a new home, will this story die? I'm doubtful. Masoli will always be linked to Oregon football after leading the Ducks to the Pac-10 title, and the story will continue throughout the season, especially if Oregon's offense struggle. But I'm glad for Jeremiah and hope he finds success at Ole Miss and can get his life put back together.
- The football team finished up their final voluntary workout of the summer on Friday, and the next time the team is together will be at the beginning of fall camp next Monday. And the Ducks sound to be ready for camp to get underway, with a lot of optimism being shown from leaders like Spencer Paysinger, and improvements being seen in a number of drills. With the Ducks returning to many experienced players, who know what it takes to win a Pac-10 title, and hopefully hungry for more, I would expect nothing less.
- The Pac-12 continues to move forward as the athletic directors of the conference met over the weekend. Jon Wilner caught up with the conference deputy commissioner Kevin Weiberg, though Weiberg did not reveal much. Obviously, playing the LA schools is the main issue that's coming up, and mainly for the monetary benefits from playing LA (specifically USC) under the current Pac-10 revenue sharing system.
- What will also be at stake is the revenue's of the Pac-12 Network, which the New York Times had a piece on last week. Interestingly, Scott is pushing for the new channel to have more premium games than the Big 10 Network, which carries games not picked up by ABC/ESPN. While nothing it set, this would be an interesting move, one which SBNation blog Black Shoe Diaries rightly questions. The keys to this venture will be money and exposure. If putting better games on the Pac-12 Network furthers those, I'm all for it.
- Ted Miller also has a long piece on his trip with the Pac-10 coaches to New York and then back to LA. It's a good piece on the Pac-10 and its coaches, and includes some fun tidbits on coaching interaction.
- The AP has a profile on Jonathan Stewart preparing for this upcoming NFL season. Though he hasn't missed a game, Stewart has barely practiced since he's been in the NFL due to nagging injuries. Though after offseason surgery, that may finally change. When he is finally healthy, it will be the "best day of his life."
- Rob Moseley previews Oregon's tight end position. While losing Dickson will hurt, David Paulson was one of my favorite players last season, and I'm excited to see what new transfer Brandon Williams can do.
- The Oregonian continues their vote of the best Ducks over the past decade. If you wanted to vote on punt returner, too bad. There's only one option: Keenan Howry, the most prolific punt returner in Oregon history. However, you can vote for best running back, and the options abound. Not shockingly, Jonathan Stewart is cleaning up early.
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