Chip Kelly likes everyone but Oregon

Taken by James Santelli, Neon Tommy. September...

by Travis Normand

5-1-2013 Update: Philadelphia Eagles sign former Oregon LB Isaac Remington to free agent contract.

I don’t really care about the NFL but the Draft always presents interesting college themed sub-plots.  One of the more interesting sub-plots that I noticed this year was that the Philadelphia Eagles drafted USC QB Matt Barkley.

Keep in mind, I am not criticizing the pick at all, as I am sure Barkley will be a fine NFL QB.  However, like I said in the first sentence of this post, it’s the “sub-plot” that interests me.

“We had Matt rated in the top 50 players in the draft,” Kelly said. “We talked all along about how we were going to take value, and there was no better value than for us to open up today with than taking Matt.

– Chip Kelly, Eagles Head Coach

According to the quote (and link) above, Chip Kelly had Barkley in his top 50 players for this draft.  Further, the Eagles traded up from the 101st pick, to the 98th pick, in order to grab Barkley.

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The Oregon Ducks’ 2013 Undefeated Season

University of Oregon logo.

by Travis Normand

While looking at different schedules for the 2013 season, I couldn’t help but notice that Oregon’s is (at least on paper) really “manageable.”  Yes, I am using the word manageable instead of joke.

Oregon Ducks’ 2013 Schedule

  • 8/31: Nicholls State 
  • 9/7: @ Virginia
  • 9/14: Tennessee
  • 9/21:
  • 9/28: Cal
  • 10/5: @ Colorado
  • 10/12: @ Washington
  • 10/19: Washington State
  • 10/26: UCLA
  • 11/2:
  • 11/7: @ Stanford
  • 11/16: Utah
  • 11/23: @ Arizona
  • 11/29: Oregon State
  • 12/7: Pac-12 Championship Game

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Will the Pac-12 Conference be adding 2 more?

by Travis Normand

Last year, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) added two teams (Texas A&M and Missouri) in order to increase the total membership of the SEC to 14 teams.

This past week, the B1G (or Big 10 Conference) added Rutgers and Maryland in order to increase its membership from 12 teams to 14.

The moves by the B1G and SEC, at least to me, beg two questions:

  1. When will the Pac-12 move from 12 to 14 teams?  (and)
  2. Which two teams will the Pac-12 add?

A few of the Pac-12’s choices, off the top of my head, would be:  Hawaii, Fresno State, Boise State, Nevada, Colorado State, Utah State, UNLV, Air Force, Wyoming, UTEP, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State, to name just a few.

It could get interesting…..!

Its official, Zombies have begun taking over at Washington State University!

by Travis Normand

Okay, so zombies are not really taking over but don’t try to tell this to head coach Mike Leach.  Leach is convinced that something is going on, and it could quite possibly be that some of his senior football players have turned into zombies.

Washington State head football coach Mike Leach is not happy with some of the seniors on his football team. Why?  Because he thinks they could demonstrate more leadership for the underclassmen.  In a recent news conference, Leach said that some of his seniors resembled “empty corpses” and/or “zombies.”

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Colorado’s Football Program = A Bad Situation

Colorado State

by Travis Normand

The 2012 season is underway and NOTHING is going right for the Colorado Buffaloes.

After growing tired of being the Big 12’s whipping boy, the Buffaloes packed their bags and moved west to the Pac-12.

The 2011 season was the Buffaloes first in their new conference and they received anything but a warm welcome.  Finishing 3-10 overall, and 2-7 in Pac-12 play, the Buffaloes’ 2011 record was worse than their final 2010 Big 12 record (5-7, 2-6).

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Kiffin Lied; but USA Today is the One Without Integrity

USC's Lane Kiffin

by Travis Normand

Do you remember when the AP’s college football poll was part of the BCS formula?  Do you remember why the AP decided to remove its poll from the BCS?  It was essentially because the AP didn’t want to make/create the news; they simply wanted to report it.  In other words, the journalists who voted in the AP poll listened to their ethical side and (following a few controversies involving the BCS’ final standings) thought it would be best to recuse themselves from the BCS formula — thus removing any conflict of interest.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the USA Today / Coaches’ Poll.

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The Truth Hurts

by Travis Normand

While USC deserved some kind of punishment from the NCAA for its infractions during the Reggie Bush era, I am not sure the punishment fit the crime.  Worse yet, I don’t know if the punishment punsihed the wrong-doer.

I have to be careful; or what is starting out as a simple post about a t-shirt could turn into a lengthy comment on NCAA jurisprudence (or the lack there of).  After all, I am still waiting to here about Miami’s punishment for the Nevin Shapiro incident.  Oh well.

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