Rusty and Sean are back after a few months of scheduling conflicts. We briefly revisit the Oregon football staff and recap what has made up the first two months of the Taggart era. Both Sean and I are pumped most about Leavitt and Cristobal. The recruiting season isn’t over just quite yet because former Clemson DT Scott Pagano is visiting Oregon and the new DL coach Joe Salave'a can haul in a big addition to one of the weaker units on the team.
I meant to get to this earlier on the podcast but shoutout to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum for sending me a bobblehead. I’m a big bobblehead fan and nothing looks better on a desk at work than a bobblehead. If you want to buy one you can go here. It’s part of a limited edition run for programs that have won a national championship and there are only 216 Oregon ones.
At the 18 min mark we switch the conversation over to basketball. Is this the best basketball team that Oregon has ever had?
This basketball team has one of the highest ceilings I can think of but also has shown some real lapses in performance. I don’t know of another team that can look as bad in a half as Oregon did against Cal and then come back in the second half and score over 50 points in a close win. This season Oregon has blown good teams off the court but also given up huge runs to UCLA that led to a loss.
The x-factor for this team is Dillon Brooks. When Brooks does well everyone on the team plays much better and can take over a game. However, when Brooks is struggling everyone’s play drops down as well. UCLA pressured Brooks in the second half and the offense struggled. The blueprint to beat Oregon is pressuring Brooks and forcing everyone else on Oregon’s offense into creating and moving the ball on their own.