Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gavin Newsom’s call on California’s public colleges and universities to review athletic departments should merely be the beginning of higher education reform

Newsom’s mandate after NCAA sanctions hit a state school for academic fraud is the right move. But UC and CSU needs to recognize major flaws extend far beyond the court, field and classroom. By Andrew J. Pridgen As California takes on the responsibilities of becoming an emerging rogue state, Sacramento should not overlook the need for a wholesale review of...

Oregon hired its first black football coach. Why that’s important and why it shouldn’t be.

Willie Taggart, 40, is the first coach Oregon has hired from outside the program since 1976. The Ducks’ previous three coaches, Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich, were assistants who were promoted. His goal: Graduate students and be the first black coach to win a national championship. By Andrew J. Pridgen On July 12, 1991, I saw John Singleton’s...

Helfless

Don’t cry for Mark Helfrich’s imminent firing. Focus on the changes you need to make to be just like him. By Andrew J. Pridgen So it can be said, barring any minor miracle that involves a DeLorean careening 88 miles per hour on the rain-slicked pavement of the Lone Pine Mall parking lot, Oregon fans will no longer be exposed...

Guessing Gameday’s Guest Picker in Kalamazoo

On Sunday, ESPN’s college football flagship program, College Gameday, announced it would host its weekly televised party in Kalamazoo, MI, before Western Michigan University’s game against the Buffalo Bulls. The city promptly lost its mind, and we’re here to unlock the looney bin. Written by Kyle Magin Kirk, Coach, Desmond… and whoever replaced Folwer… Ross? Rece?.... Are headed to Kalamazoo...

Oregon Football Isn’t Just Bad, It’s Boring

...But that’s not even the worst part. By Andrew J. Pridgen By the second half of Saturday’s Oregon/USC game, I was on to other things. This isn’t easy for me to admit, nor is it something I am particularly proud of. Ever since I’ve been writing about Ducks Football in this space, one of my constant harangues has been decrying the thin-skinnedness...

To rebuild, Oregon (football) needs to get weird again

Nike, once a counter culture brand, and Oregon, once a counterculture school, need to go back to their roots in radicalism to be relevant again. By Andrew J. Pridgen Over the past two decades I’ve marveled at how the culture of Oregon football has morphed to become the opposite of Eugene and the namesake state. The University of Oregon, in...

Pints and Picks Week 6: Betting PAC-12, Mountain West, MLB Playoffs and searching the skies above and the beers below for answers

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and (sometimes) what to drink while doing it. This week: #ican'tbelievehereallysaidgrabthembythep*ssy By Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen Hey Kyle, Well, it took 11 innings Tuesday night, but I finally caught it… no, it’s not just MLB Playoff...

Why it’s OK for Oregon fans to root for Washington Saturday

...This season is lost. The Ducks need to rebuild. And U-Dub is the lone team from this timezone to have a shot at the playoff... But those aren’t the only reasons for loyal Ducks to don some Dawg Pound gear this weekend. By Andrew J. Pridgen Forget, for a minute, about the last two decades. Forget about The Pick. Never happened. The...

When you’re losing, new uniforms every week make you look the guy who just got dumped and is determined to get a new girlfriend like the first night he...

...And Washington State is just the beginning of this dry spell. By Andrew J. Pridgen Oregon Ducks football, the 2016 version is really, really, really, really fucking bad. Really bad. Mark Helfrich trolling the sidelines now perma-looks as if he went out to get one thing, like milk, from the store and runs into a buddy in the parking lot and they...

Now that Oregon football is totally ordinary is it OK to stop punishing the Earth (and our eyes) with alt jerseys every week?

The nadir came Saturday when the Ducks stepped all over themselves in Puddles-themed unis. ...It should end now, but if they insist on finishing out the season with disposable garments week in and week out, below are a few suggestions on how to do it in style. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Nike PR Department once said that Tiger Woods...

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