As hard as it may be to imagine, collegiate competition for the Oregon Ducks in the 2012-2013 athletic year is coming to an end. Like students gearing up for their finals, 28 athletic standouts are preparing to cap one of the best athletic years in University of Oregon history. But before getting to the championship they will be competing in, let’s quickly run through the accomplishments that have defined Oregon athletics in the past year.
Mary Cain, a high school phenom who has yet to choose what college she will be attending, thrilled the thousands in attendance at the 2013 Prefontaine Classic, running a sub-two minute in the women’s 800 meters to set a new high school record and U.S. Junior record.
The Pac-12 has released a document providing some of the networks and start times for upcoming football games in the 2013 season. While the Ducks already knew they would be playing Virginia at 12:30 pm on ABC/ESPN2, a slough of other games have been assigned to networks.
The Oregon Ducks are coming off a 12-1 season and No. 2 finish in the polls. After losing some key players on defense, however, some have dropped them down the preseason rankings, with Matt Hayes of Sporting News recently placing the Ducks in the No. 8 spot. While this isn’t a bad ranking, looking at the teams ahead of Oregon makes you question his college football prowess.
Oregon has added three new programs to their future football schedules, with South Dakota, UC Davis, and Southern Utah added to upcoming years. South Dakota will be the first program to make the journey to Eugene, with the Aggies scheduled to open Oregon’s 2014 season on August 30.
The Oregon Ducks and Eugene Emeralds have teamed up to honor POW and MIA soldiers at PK Park. Seat 1, row 14, section 11 will remain unoccupied from now on and will be painted black and have a plaque honoring all missing soldiers and POWs.
Former Oregon Ducks linebacker Kiko Alonso has reached a deal with the Buffalo Bills. Though terms of the agreement were not officially disclosed, the former Duck will reportedly make $4.3 million over the next four years and has received a signing bonus in the range of $1.7 million.
High School football playoffs are officially in full swing and those of us into football (that’s everyone yes?) we are ready to celebrate the kickoff with a great night out. That’s after watching the squad from Sheldon take on David Douglas.
Cirque du Soleil kicked off its Eugene stop with a brilliant performance on Thursday evening that is sure to spark heightened interest in the unique production. Featuring the style of Cirque du Soleil combined with a touch of personality, “Quidam” distinguishes itself from other Cirque productions as it explores the human condition.
Eugene Daily News writer Chris Anderson details former Oregon football standout Cliff Harris’ release from the Philadelphia Eagles. After being dismissed by Oregon, Harris would go on to focus on NFL preparations. Though many knocked him for being a little undersized for the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Harris as an undrafted free agent this past April.