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  1. This is 100% on UCLA. The Pac should not cover for them, full stop.
  2. I don’t check the forum in the middle of the night if I still want to sleep bc it will keep me awake with ideas. But I do check in first thing when I wake up. Sometime last week I woke up to a spam attack and deleted >= 30 topics and comments that were clearly spam. It was kinda fun.
  3. What I remember about Ty’s high school tape was that it was a lot of great comebacks and late game heroics. He looked otherworldly. Now I have to wonder why his team was always in a position to have to make a comeback.
  4. I was way more worried about the DeBoer hire than the Riley hire. DeBoer does more w less. Riley does less w more.
  5. I am clearly a fellow “old guy” bc I loathe that court design. My hubbie won’t even watch home games bc of it. I agree w many of your other comments… Altman’s teams are incredibly inconsistent. Inconsistency is a sign of a _bad_ coach. But the biggest problem is that they don’t improve over the season. How many elite players have we seen flame out for Altman? A good coach actually coaches players up to make them better. Basketball is a game where a single player can make a coach _appear_ great. Think Brooks, Pritchard, Ionescu. If the players don’t want to give 100%, that’s a prob w the coach, not the team. Personally, I think we are several years overdue for new men’s and women’s basketball coaches. Combine that w the abuse delivered by the women’s track coach and the ineptitude and arrogance of the former football coach, and the obvious conclusion is that we need a new AD too. Mullens is the Larry Scott of Oregon.
  6. Not to be a downer, but I read somewhere that something like 90% of transfers land in a less competitive league than the one they started in. In other words… P5 to G5. G5 to FCS, etc. So this stat might just be SEC/B1G to Pac12. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take it.
  7. This is the first I’ve heard of Tulane in the mix, and I am loving it! A 4-pod of mountain/central time NOLA, Denver, Dallas, and SLC? That’s thinking outside the box. What a great way to get the pac recruiting in the rich Louisiana territory.
  8. It’s obvious—Graves is the problem. I have personal experience w male coaches coaching female basketball, and they are the worst. My HS bball coach was voted coach of the year bc his team if FIVE freshmen won the Or state championship. He proceeded to suck for 3 years bc he couldn’t coach and was a physically and verbally abusive a-hole. In bball, one good leader can absolutely change the complexion of a team. Sabrina was that leader. Graves needs to go.
  9. The rankings are likely affected by the total number of transfers, not just the overall skill of the players. So Ducks very well could have better players but fewer of them bc our HS class is better.
  10. I don’t know the details, but I am going to assume this was not a home invasion or car-jacking. I can think of no other reason to brandish a gun in Eugene. Whatever scenario he presented to DL, DL clearly was not convinced. Ba-bye.
  11. I think schools could easily make most sports competitive internships or fellowships that pay stipends equivalent to a scholarship. That’s essentially what they are right now. Schools couldn’t determine how the students use the money, but they could require athletes to be enrolled.
  12. Exactly! I played bball in HS, and we won the OR state championship when I was a frosh w 4 other frosh on the team—3 starters and one ended up a 1st-team All American. Our coach was awful, but he won coach of the year that year. For the next 3 years we all got worse while our competitors got better. It is one of my most aggravating memories—the terrible coach who takes credit for the skills of his players. And this is what I see happening at Oregon w Graves. He needs to go.
  13. I was at the game and was underwhelmed. Gray was the only Duck who looked like she wanted to win. Rogers got her points but looked bored. Ducks couldn’t run a basic pick and roll or even get the ball in bounds. And they looked out of shape. When you have great players playing w this attitude and lack of fundamentals, it reflects poor coaching. Frankly, I have never been a fan of Kelly Graves, and if this season gets him fired, then at least something good will have come from it. UCLA’s post, Bessior, was the diff in the game—4 3-pointers, 3 in the 4th quarter to put the game away.
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