Thursday, August 24, 2017

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...

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...

Rosen-colored glasses

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen’s recent comments on the rigors student athletes face are 100 percent right, but also myopic. By Andrew J. Pridgen College football is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year entertainment juggernaut. It is a sport that’s profitable for the many involved: The schools, their conferences, the outfitters (uniform, shoes, helmets), the coaches, the assistants, the assistants to the assistants, the...

San Diego Keeps Getting Played by Publicly Financed Stadiums

Fascinating to see the fate of a public university's football program in the hands of private enterprise (one that readily has taken public funds and is equally loath to give back.) Written By Kyle Magin San Diego State University football is riding a sinking ship. The Aztecs are getting booted from the city’s Qualcomm Stadium after 2018 as San Diego shuts...

Things a first-round pick should never say just after being selected to join the NFL

April 28, 2016 at 5 p.m. PST the NFL Network will broadcast its annual National Legalized Slave Auction Day. If you’re one of the lucky ones to get jumped into the league, here’s a primer of some thoughts you might just want to keep under that flat-billed hat at your first presser. By Andrew J. Pridgen The difference between playing college...

PAC 12 football coaches take a stand against the NCAA’s early signing period …for all the wrong reasons

You know, it has everything to do with what benefits the program and nothing to do with what's good for the student. By Andrew J. Pridgen Leave it to college football coaches to take a stand and do the right thing ...but only in the name of self-aggrandizement. Thursday, Pac-12 coaches and program surrogates got together in Hollywood for a preseason...

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...

The Oregon Ducks will go 5-7 this season. Here’s how (and why)

Hint: It’s not just Mark Helfrich. Well, it’s mostly Helfrich...but not all Helfrich. By Andrew J. Pridgen Every civilization has its rise, apex, then demise. Unfortunately, for reasons he can’t 100-percent control or articulate, Oregon football coach Mark Helfrich will be the man fingered for destroying the Ducks’ unprecedented two-decade run to big-time college football prominence, and—perhaps more importantly for...

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 1: College Football Kickoff 2016 has already gone to the dogs

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: #CFBkickoff: By Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen AJ, We’re here again, on the precipice of another college football season. Before we proceed to ND-Texas, Oklahoma-Houston or SC-Bama,...

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