We have survived another weekend without college football, and now we're down to just two weekends without it. On an unrelated note, let's give a round of applause to Dave as he survived his first Fernando Rodney experience while we were at the Mariners game together yesterday afternoon. As promised, our photo for today commemorates his survival of the experience. In the meantime, here's some links to help you get your week off on the right foot.
- Former Washington and UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel spoke with Ryan Thorburn about Oregon's chances in 2014. He thinks there is a lot of promise this season, and for what it's worth, he does think the Ducks will come out on top over Michigan State and be a favorite to head to the College Football Playoff.
- In case you missed it last week, it was announced Oregon will face Michigan in the Legends Classic on November 24 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Ducks will also face Toledo on November 21. The games will be a challenge for the Ducks as Michigan is coming off their second straight Elite Eight appearance while Toledo set a school-record 27 wins last season.
- The big news in the NCAA recently was the Ed O'Bannon ruling as U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that football and men's basketball players may collect payments once they leave school for rights to their names, images and likenesses. Scott Frost, who actually graced the cover of NCAA Game Breaker '99 (the poor man's version of EA Sports' NCAA Football, according to Frost), has mixed feelings about the ruling. He worries it'll ruin the purity of the game and that college athletes already receive so much, such as the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.
- The Pac-12 preseason coaches' poll was released last week for volleyball with Oregon being picked to finish fifth in the conference. The Ducks are coming off a fourth place finish in the conference last season and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The preseason All-Pac-12 team was named as well with Liz Brenner being named to the team.
- Ryan McGee over at ESPN put together a nice little piece about Marcus Mariota and the pressure that comes with being a Heisman hopeful in the spotlight. McGee also sheds some light on the struggle universities face to keep their star athletes on a short leash (Cough, cough, Johnny Manziel). Fortunately for Oregon, Mariota is probably the last person they need to worry about winding up on TMZ for throwing some wild Hawaii beach bash party.
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At the University of Oregon, "Nike Christmas" is the day when athletes receive their new Nike swag for the year. Personally, I don't think they get enough shoes, but that's just my humble opinion.