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  1. I like your creative thinking, 1Funduck. You make a good point that ESPN needs a West Coast market. I think creative thinking is what will save the PAC 10-12 or whatever, if it's to be saved. It's not time to give up yet, and giving in to three big conferences just yet is giving in. My opine.
  2. I agree that it's hard to believe Kliavkoff was blindsided since this USC/UCLA defection has been a topic of conversation for a year. What I can believe is that he assumed he has more power and conference loyalty than he actually does. I think he really trusted The Alliance, for whatever the heck that's worth now. What I hope we won't see is some knee-jerk reaction. This might not be a popular idea, but I think fighting to keep the PAC 10-12 Conference together is important. The conference is important to academic issues as well. The LA schools, in football, are mediocre at best--I've not yet bought the whole Lincoln Riley supercoach mirage before a game has been played. Yes, recruiting is affected but remember the transfer portal and NIL which, I think, become real headaches as coaches try to develop and plan on players from season to season. So many say it's a new day and we have to roll with the punches, blah, blah, blah. Well, since it's a new day, maybe it's time to stop looking down our Pac 12 noses at schools like San Diego State and Fresno State and build a new, real alliance of western schools.
  3. Everything in the world is changing so fast right now. With this forum as a haven that gives us a respite from politics, war, deep divides and growing hatred on so many levels, I thought at least, as we are just a couple months from the first game, that football would be a nice distraction.
  4. I agree with you. They were and still are inspiring. I think a lot of that started at UO with men like Len Casanova and Bill Bowerman and the principles they adhered to while coaching that carried on through life. My dad desperately wanted to play football but was unable to due to having contracted polio at age 14. Still, he was a big Duck Football fan and struck up a relationship with Casanova. He mentored many even though some never played.
  5. Excellent comments, Haywarduck. Relentless, smart, leave it all on the field, no boundaries just opportunities--all good attitudes for life!
  6. Good article, Charles, and thanks for bringing up some points I've been considering since the Lanning hype began. I've seen enough coaches come and go that I'm fairly skeptical of anything a program promises, intends or allows the media to trumpet on their behalf-- see the number 3 rank for the Ducks last season and the enormous let-down when fans realized we weren't anywhere close. I think Lanning will be a fine coach over a period of time. I'm not expecting much from his first two seasons and may be pleasantly surprised and glad if he exceeds my expectations. The problem here, I think, is not that he is selling us dreams that won't be fulfilled, it's that fans are generally unrealistic and expect all the moving parts to perform on command. Mario sold the idea that he could command that sort performance and fans/donors believed it. They also believed the shiny talk from Taggert. They use recruiting stars as supply to keep the fanatical addiction alive. Fans want "to believe" rather than watch and enjoy as it unfolds. Sure, we can dream, but we get out over our skis to our own dissatisfaction. The coaches still need to coach, make adjustments, and coach again. Players need to play up to their star potential and then get better. Most importantly, they need to WIN and let their on field action be determinative of what they can achieve.
  7. I totally agree. TOTALLY. Seriously? Collectives already set up to help pay for players to come to UO?? If NIL as it is doesn't break the camel's back, this certainly will.
  8. Ha! Herbert still amazes analysts, but not Aaron Fentress. Typical.
  9. I grew up in a Duck family, so I had little choice! My grandfather was a big football fan and supporter followed by my dad. My first game was the first Autzen game in 1967. We had football season tickets for decades up until the Great Recession when it became impossible to maintain. Great memories! I got really bit by the basketball bug while attending UO during the Kamikaze Kids era. A few of us would get in line very early to get the seats of our choice, and then we waited. First for the JV or Women's game and then for the main event. So much fun!
  10. I have always assumed this was Altman's motto from the beginning. He has always asked a lot of his players and for many years, they have responded. I wonder what part NIL played in this season's results. Was it a threat to team cohesiveness? Did NIL chatter sway their determination? Was it a 'behind the scenes' distraction?
  11. All the comments here are very helpful, and I'll just add my two cents for consideration. We live in a world where accountability by many is absent. You already know that, and by having a forum which then requires not only accountability but a good measure of communication skills, it's automatically going to come up against a wall of opposition. You can't let this surprise you and bring you down. You can't waste your time trying to teach the masses how to post here. You have been asking people to work on their communication skills and many have responded, which is great and is something to be proud of. Focus on that! So, rely on your rules and forget the rest. Don't spend time and energy trying to explain yourself. Don't let it emotionally drain you. And don't get suckered into taking it personally. Having had my own blog and participated in many, I know that's easier said than done, but it's absolutely necessary to keep yourself from burning out for the wrong reasons. There is no reason to engage a dialog that states: "but I didn't know the rules". When my oldest son was a pre-teen, he would frequently try to argue his way into getting his way. I heard his views and he knew mine, but on "the rules" and some decisions, my views trumped his. He often tried to trap me in the arguments that went on and on and often repeated with hooks to get me to explain again. It was draining. I found the only way to move on was for him to see I wasn't rattled, and my decision/rules would stand. I then changed the subject. I didn't allow myself to get pulled back into the drama. This forum is unique and insightful, and may it continue!
  12. I think the interview with Chip buys him more time at UCLA. I don't think they want to lose him, especially to another Pac!2 school, and I don't think he really wants to come back here.
  13. Hey, wait----I thought Phil was the life blood of the program?
  14. I was just thinking this! It was a sobering thought for the people so sure of themselves and their new palace, er, arena that all the A-listers didn't want to come to Eugene. I wonder if the same thing is happening again?
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