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Quack Fix: Men of Oregon bring home first national championship since 1984

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  • The Men of Oregon used the Hayward magic to their advantage, clinching their first national championship in track & field since 1984. Oregon's 88 team points were the most by any team since the scoring system was changed back in 1985. Perhaps the most astonishing fact was that Florida, who finished second with 70 points, would have won the national title any year over the past 13 years with that score.
  • Speaking of the Hayward magic, Austin Meek takes a look at the fairness of one of the nation's elite track programs being allowed to host the national championship at home every year. In December, it was announced that the NCAA championships would be held at Hayward at least through 2021. Texas A&M coach Pat Henry said that he wished "the site didn't have a horse in the race." For what it's worth, the Aggies won the women's team title while the Oregon women finished third.
  • A pair of Oregon softball players are trying out for a spot on the USA Softball Women's National Team. Cheridan Hawkins and Jessica Moore are competing for a place on the roster, which has 17 spots. Five other players from Pac-12 schools are also trying out for a spot on the team that will compete at a number of tournaments around the world this summer.
  • In the department of "way too early pre-season projections," Sporting News released their 2014-15 bowl and playoff projections. The predictions have Oregon beating Florida State in the semi-final at the Sugar Bowl and facing Oklahoma in the College Football Championship Game, which will be played at AT&T Stadium, aka Jerry World. If those projections hold true, it could be a tough task for the Ducks as the game will essentially be a home game for the Sooners. The University of Oklahoma sits just three hours north of Arlington.

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After clinching their first team title in 30 years, the Oregon men threw head coach Robert Johnson into the steeplechase water pit.