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Select Oregon and Oregon State football game times released

Select Oregon and Oregon State football game times released

College football is near!

The early-season Pac-12 schedule has been released. Check out the times for Oregon Football's non-conference games:

Here is Oregon State's first four games: 

More kickoff times will be announced closer to each game.

Oregon junior Dillon Brooks declares for the NBA draft

Oregon junior Dillon Brooks declares for the NBA draft

Dillon Brooks announced Wednesday that he has hired an agent and plans to enter the NBA Draft.

The junior forward announced the decision on his Instagram with a link to his website:

"I've done so much here and everything has been great. I wouldn't be here right now without coaching staff, believing in me," Brooks said in the video. "I was not highly recruited and they believed in me from the jump. I just feel like now I'm going to take my talents to the next level and enter in the draft.

Brooks was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year after averaging 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists this season.

Not to be overlooked on a stat sheet is his big play ability. The All-American hit game-winning shots against Tennessee, UCLA and Cal this past season.

Brooks led Oregon to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three years, including a history-making Final Four run. He is Oregon's all-time scoring and assists leader in tournament history.

Brooks is projected by most mock drafts to be a second-round pick. This announcement comes two days after Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey also declared for the NBA Draft.

Junior Jordan Bell has not yet announced his future plans.

First round preview: Oregon vs. Iona

First round preview: Oregon vs. Iona

The Ducks are headed to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region. 

First up? The Iona Gaels. 

While an upset is unlikely, Oregon needs to watch out for Iona's 6-foot-8 senior forward Jordan Washington (17.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg). Most noteable, Washington draws an average of nine fouls per game (2nd highest in the nation). Getting into foul trouble could be troublesome for Oregon, especially now that they are without senior forward Chris Boucher, lost for the season with a knee injury he suffered Friday night during the Pac-12 Tournament. 

A quick look at the game:

No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Iona Gaels

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif. 

When: 11 a.m.

TV: TBS   

Records: Ducks (29-5), Gaels (22-12).

Last outings: Oregon's late rally fell short against Arizona in the Pac-12 Tournament title game. The Gaels lost four of their final seven regular-season games before bouncing back in the MAAC tournament. An overtime victory over Siena in the MAAC championship game secured Iona's second straight conference tournament championship. 

Coaches: UO's Dana Altman (183-69 at Oregon, 593-312 Division I). Iona's Tim Cluess (140–65 at Iona, 238–88 overall)

Key Ducks: Dillon Brooks, F, Jr. (16.3 ppg, 1.2 spg, 41.4 3pt%); Jordan Bell, F, Jr. (10.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg, 1.3 spg);  Tyler Dorsey, G, Soph. (13.3 ppg, 38.9 3pt%)

Key Gaels: Jordan Washington, F, Sr. (17.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 55.1 FG%); Jon Severe, F, Sr. (11.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 43.0 3pt%); Rickey McGill, G, Soph. (10.8 ppg, 5.2 apg, 1.8 spg)

Notes: The Ducks have never faced Iona...The Ducks are one of just five teams in this year’s field to have won a game in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments. The other teams are Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina and Wichita State.

No. 5 Oregon vs. No. 10 UCLA: What you need to know

No. 5 Oregon vs. No. 10 UCLA: What you need to know

Call it Oregon's chance to prove it deserves to be on top of the Pac-12 conference. Call it an opportunity for UCLA to get revenge. Call it the biggest college game of the week. Call it whatever you want. What we know for sure is that No. 5 Oregon plays at No. 10 UCLA on Thursday night in what is sure to be an epic showdown. 

During the first Oregon-UCLA matchup last December, the Ducks (21-3, 10-1 Pac-12) handed the Bruins (21-3, 8-3) their first conference defeat, courtesy of Dillon Brooks’ last-second three-pointer that gave UO an 89-87 win at home. 

Now the Ducks begin the toughest stretch of their season at UCLA with the regular season conference championship on the line. UO plays five of its final seven regular season games on the road with two coming at the Bruins and USC (20-4, 7-4) on Saturday night. 

A quick look at Thursday's game:

No. 5 Oregon vs. No. 10 UCLA

Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, Calif. 

When: 7 p.m., Thursday.

TV: ESPN

Records: Ducks (21-3, 10-1), Bruins (21-3, 8-3). 

Last outings: The Ducks destroyed then-No. 5 Arizona 85-58 at home last Saturday, extending their nation leading home winning streak to 40 games. The Bruins are coming off a beatdown win of their own, defeating Washington 107-66, in Seattle on Saturday.

Coaches: UO's Dana Altman (175-67 at Oregon, 585-310 Division I). UCLA’s Steve Alford (86-43 at UCLA, 549-278 overall). 

Key Ducks: G Tyler Dorsey, 6-4, So., (12.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg), G Dylan Ennis, 6-2, Sr., (11.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, .390 3PT%), G Payton Pritchard, 6-2, Fr., (8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg), F Jordan Bell, 6-9, Jr., (11.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.1 bpg), F Dillon Brooks, 6-7, Jr., (14.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg), F Chris Boucher, 6-10, Sr., (12.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.8 bpg).

Key Bruins: F TJ Leaf, 6-10, Fr., (17.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.7 apg), G Lonzo Ball, 6-6, Fr., (7.8 apg, 15.1 ppg), G Bryce Alford, 6-3 Sr., (16.4 ppg, 2.4 apg), C Thomas Welsh, 7-0, Jr, (8.3 rpg, 10.4 ppg).

Notes: This will be the third meeting between Oregon as UCLA as top-10 opponents. The Bruins won the previous two meetings in 1975 (107-103) and 2007 (69-57).

Dillon Brooks earns Pac-12 player of the week honors with electric performances against ASU, Arizona

Dillon Brooks earns Pac-12 player of the week honors with electric performances against ASU, Arizona

The Duck are receiving national and conference recognition for extending its nation-leading home win streak to 40 games with triumphs over Arizona State and then-No. 5 Arizona. 

Oregon jumped from No. 13 to No. 5 in the AP Poll and Oregon junior forward Dillon Brooks was named Pac-12 player of the week.

It is Brooks' second conference player of the week honor this season and third weekly honor during his career, the second-most ever by an Oregon player. Blair Rasmussen is the Ducks' all-time leader with four selections. 

In Brooks' electric performances over ASU and Arizona he averaged 22.5 points on 67 percent shooting (16-of-24), including 7 of 12 from three-point range. He also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals during the week. 

Brooks scored Oregon's final 12 points with 3:15 remaining to fuel the Ducks to a 71-70 victory over the Sun Devils on Thursday. 

Against the Wildcats, Brooks had 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. 

The Ducks head south this week to take on No. 10 UCLA (21-3, 8-3 Pac-12) at 7 p.m., Thursday and then play at USC (20-4, 7-4) at 7:30 on Saturday.

 

Taggart finalizes staff with addition of Raymond Woodie

Taggart finalizes staff with addition of Raymond Woodie

Oregon football officially has a full staff.  Raymond Woodie will join Willie Taggart's staff as Oregon's special teams coordinator. Oregon assistant althetic director Andy MacNamara first reported the news on Oregon's Duck Insider radio show.

Last season, Woodie severed as defensive coordinator at Univeristy of South Florida. Woodie spent our seasons under Taggart at USF, and has been one of Taggart's long-time assistants, dating back to Western Kentucky in 2010-11.

Woodie is a native of Palmetto, Fla.

Pac-12 football schedule released: Oregon dates to circle, late bye and home stand

Pac-12 football schedule released: Oregon dates to circle, late bye and home stand

The Oregon football program will begin the Willie Taggart era in Autzen Stadium against against Southern Utah on Sept. 2. The Ducks round out preseason play against Nebraska at home on Sept. 9 and at Wyoming on Sept. 16. 

Now on to Oregon's Pac-12 conference schedule...

Due to the conference rotation, Oregon won't play USC and Colorado in 2017 and 2018. Colorado and USC finished first and second, respectively, in the Pac-12 South last season. 

Oregon's Pac-12 opener is at Arizona State on Sept. 23. The Ducks first home conference game is Sept. 30 against California.

The Ducks stay in Eugene to play Washington State on Oct. 7 before hitting the road for two straight road games at Stanford and then at UCLA.

Three out of Oregon's final four regular-season games are home, starting against Utah. 

Circle the next game in red, as the Ducks travel to Washington on Nov. 4 for their last road game. 

Oregon finishes the regular season against Arizona on Nov. 18 and Oregon State on Nov. 24. 

Sat 9/2 vs. Southern Utah
Sat 9/9 vs. Nebraska
Sat 9/16 @ Wyoming
Sat 9/23 @ Arizona State
Sat 9/30 vs. Cal
Sat 10/7 vs. WSU
Sat 10/14 @ Stanford
Sat 10/21 @ UCLA
Sat 10/28 vs. Utah
Sat 11/4 @ UW
Sat 11/18 vs. Arizona
Fri 11/24 vs. OSU
 

No.11 Oregon hosts Cal with streaks on line as schedule toughens

No.11 Oregon hosts Cal with streaks on line as schedule toughens

Riding a 14-game winning streak and the second-longest active home winning streak in the NCAA (36 games), No.11 Oregon hosts Cal on Thursday. 

Oregon (16-2 overall, 5-0 Pac-12) has certainly found momentum, as the Ducks have beaten their past four opponents by an average of 26.5 points. However, those four opponents (Oregon State, Washington State, Washington, USC) all place in the bottom half of the Pac-12 Conference. 

The Golden Bears, currently at fourth-place, are coming off a big weekend of their own. Cal (13-5, 4-2) swept Washington and Washington State at home, including a last minute win over the Cougars. 

The question that looms... Can the Ducks continue to dominate during a tougher stretch of their schedule? After Cal, Oregon hosts Stanford, which also swept the Washington schools last weekend, before traveling to fifth-place Utah on Jan. 26. 

A quick look at the game:

Oregon vs. Washington

Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore. 

When: 6:05 p.m., Thursday January 19, 2017.

TV: ESPN2. 

Records: Ducks (16-2 overall, 5-0 Pac-12), Golden Bears (13-5, 4-2). 

Last outings: Oregon defeated Oregon State in record fashion, 85-43, at home. Cal snuck by Washington State, 58-54. 

Coaches: UO's Dana Altman (170-66 at Oregon, 580-309 Division I). Oregon’s next victory will secure Altman’s 20th straight winning season. Cal's Cuonzo Martin (54–31 at Cal, 178-113 overall).

Key Ducks: G Tyler Dorsey, 6-4, So., (12.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, .391 3FG pct.), G Dylan Ennis, 6-2, Sr., (11.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.6 apg), G Payton Pritchard, 6-2, Fr., (8.3 ppg, 3.6 apg), F Jordan Bell, 6-9, Jr., (10.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.2 bpg), F Dillon Brooks, 6-7, Jr., (13.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg), F Chris Boucher, 6-10, Sr., (13.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.9 bpg).

Key Bears: F Ivan Rabb, 6-11, So. (15.6 ppg, 11.1 rpg), G Charlie Moore, 5-11, Fr., (14.6 ppg, 3.1 apg), G Jabari Bird, 6-6, Sr. (13.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg).

Notes: Important program milestones; the next Oregon victory will guarantee its seventh-straight winning season (which hasn't happened since 1934-40), an Oregon victory will also tie the programs' all-time winning streak of 15 games. 

Mario Cristobal leaving Alabama for Oregon

Mario Cristobal leaving Alabama for Oregon

Oregon has hired Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal as the Ducks’ new co-offensive coordinator and run game coordinator.

CSNNW reported last week that Crisobal was headed to Oregon.

Cristobal is known as one of the best recruiters in the country, 247Sports ranked him within the top 10 recruiting coaches for the past two seasons. He reportedly has strong recruiting ties in Florida where he played at the University of Miami. Cristobal has spent the past four seasons at Alabama, helping it win the national title last season. 

Before coaching at Alabama, Cristobal spent six seasons as the head coach at Florida International where he had a record of 27-27. 

Cristobal's Coaching Career

1998-2000: Miami, graduate assistant.

2001-2002: Rutgers, offensive tackles/tight ends.

2003: Rutgers, offensive line.

2004-2005: Miami, tight ends.

2006: Miami, offensive line

2007-2012: Florida International, head coach (27-47 record).

2013-present: Alabama, offensive line.

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