It's been fun having a week of hate, but it needs to be Saturday night right now. Here's your quack:
- Both the coaches and players for Oregon and washington are downplaying the rivalry, both claiming that they do not circle any particular games. In fact, Chris Polk considers LaMichael James a friend. While I don't doubt that the rivalry plays little part in preparation, these games always end up taking on a different feel once the game starts.
- Ken Goe writes that despite the best efforts by Chip Kelly, this game means more. While I understand the coaches need to keep his players as level and focused as possible (though with 18-22 year olds, this is a nearly impossible task), there's no doubt that rivalry games fuel athletic department bottom lines, and can determine whether or not a coach keeps their job.
- Adam Jude has a story this morning on Lavasier Tuinei, and how he has a feel for the game, influenced greatly by his father, who played in the NFL. Tuinei hasn't replaced Jeff Maehl in all aspects, but he's done an excellent job running the drag route, which has resulted in 3 TDs this year.
- There have been rumors floating the last Mike Bellotti is a top candidate to become the head coach for the Arizona Wildcats. But Bellotti denied those rumors yesterday. Bellotti still seems to be on the fence about returning to football, but I doubt it'd be at Arizona.
- Oregon volleyball heads to the desert this weekend, and has two very winnable matches. After dropping one to Utah last weekend, the Ducks really need to win both of these.
That's all I got. Leave anything else below. GO DUCKS!