It's a pretty interesting morning for quack, so come and get it!
- While we've known for a while that Hamani Stevens was back with the football team, Rob Moseley has an article on his this morning detailing his return. To keep in shape while on his mission, he had to get a bit creative, but he's back, and 25 pounds heavier than when he left, which pleased Coach Greatwood. He's been able to "hold his own" in workouts so far, and is definitely in the mix for playing time. Moseley also his this video interview with Stevens.
- Yesterday the NCAA announced some punishments for five "major" violations by LSU relating to JC transfer Akiem Hicks. However, LSU received barely a slap on the wrist, and their compliance department was praised for their work. Hopefully Oregon has learned a few things after observing Ohio State, USC, Georgia Tech, and now, LSU. While LSU is facing more scrutiny regarding the Will Lyles situation, their fans have to feel pretty decently about how they'll fair with how their compliance department has handled Lyles.
- Ted Miller has his round-up of safeties in the Pac-12. Oregon is in 'great shape.' John Boyett is one of the top safeties in the conference, and I except Eddie Pleasant to take a big step forward this season. And let's not forget the depth Oregon has at the position. With players like Brian Jackson, Erick Dargan, and James Scales, the Ducks can expect stellar play this season.
- There's been a lot of talk about the Longhorn Network lately, and the Dallas News has an interesting note. While ESPN will be hiring all announcers, the University of Texas will have the power to fire announcers if they do "not reflect the quality and reputation desired by UT for the Network."
- So let me get this straight, paying $25,000 to a guy that has denied steering players anywhere is a very bad thing. But paying millions, that's just dandy. What else could we expect from the NCAA?
- Lastly, a few interesting notes I found on the twitters this morning. Matt Prehm notes that DE Tony Washington is up to 255 pounds after winter conditioning, after entering the program at 235. Moseley observed that "the DT-to-DT connection has it working." Lastly, he also had two views of some early construction on the new football operations center.
You know the drill, leave anything else in the comments. GO DUCKS!