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Dillon Mitchell: The future mayor of Memphis but first a Super Bowl to Minnesota

Dillon Mitchell: The future mayor of Memphis but first a Super Bowl to Minnesota

Former Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell is now a professional football player for the Minnesota Vikings with a Tommy Hilfiger deal pending and driving a custom Lamborghini Gallardo as a draft gift from a Memphis car dealership.

Although those perks are thrilling, Mitchell is most excited to get to Minneapolis, Minnesota for Vikings rookie mini-camp to show that he belongs in the National Football League.

Projected to go as high as the second round, the Vikings drafted Mitchell with the 239th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft in what has been widely considered as a “steal.” As the wait prolonged for Mitchell to hear his named called, many wondered, did the junior make the right decision to turn professional?

“Looking back I definitely feel like I made the right decision for myself,” Mitchell said. “Going forward, I believe at the next level, with great coaches and great people around me, I will only build up my skills. I’m happy with my decision.”

Coming off of the best seasons a Duck has ever had, Mitchell’s mindset never wavered; he had zero moments of doubt. As more teams passed him up, Mitchell held tight, knowing his opportunity would come. The Memphis-native stayed calm by being around his close circle of family and friends in his hometown and taking naps.

Mitchell’s agent told him they were aiming for day two of the draft (rounds two through four), but when day three arrived and a team hadn’t called yet, Mitchell began to revel in being a “diamond in the rough” and went out to breakfast with his family on Saturday morning.

“As the days and the picks dwindled, the size of the chip on my shoulder increased,” Mitchell said.

When he finally got the call, he pressed pause on the Sherlock Holmes movie he was watching with his fiance, former Oregon track and field athlete and current Nike sprinter, Deajah Stevens. He expected to have tears of joy but Mitchell described the moment he got drafted as “life changing.”

He plans on using that determination to compete for the Vikings’ vacancy for a third receiver from the jump. Mitchell’s ability as a ball carrier, excellent route running, efficient footwork and yards after catch potential make him an enticing weapon for the Vikings.

The biggest slight on Mitchell, who holds Oregon’s record for single season receiving yards with 1,184, on any draft profile is the concern with his work ethic in the weight room. Right now, the 6-foot-1 receiver is weighing in at 205 pounds after adding five pounds of muscle working out ahead of the draft. He plans on becoming more of a “gym rat” to build a solid base to compete at the next level.

Interestingly, Mitchell will get to learn from two veterans that know his situation very well. Recent history shows the Vikings have success in bringing in under-the-radar receivers and making a success out of them. Minnesota selected Stefon Diggs in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, while Adam Thielen went undrafted in 2013 before attending a rookie tryout and signing a three-year, $1.48 million contract as an undrafted free agent.

“It definitely shows me that their coaching staff and organization invests and believe in their players when they draft them,” Mitchell said. “It’s showed me that anything is possible, you don’t have to be a top-four round pick. Thielen, he’s one of the best receivers I’ve ever seen, and Diggs, I’m just so excited to get there and follow in the footsteps of guys like them, plus the history of Cris Carter and Randy Moss."

Getting drafted by Minnesota was a “dream come true,” but it was also a shock. The Vikings did not bring Mitchell out for a pre-draft workout or reach out prior to day three of the draft. 

Mitchell celebrated with a good old-fashioned BBQ in his hometown of Memphis. To show appreciation to his closest friends, he gifted them Oregon jerseys from this breakout junior season. Then, he flew to Los Angeles to pick up the rest of his stuff and reports in Minnesota on Thursday. He can’t wait to explore the city of Minneapolis, which he has visited once before on a basketball tournament trip in high school.

Mitchell is turning a new leaf with a new jersey number, 13 (his number at Oregon) was available but the receiver decided to start a new era of his career wearing the number 17 in purple. He laughed as he divulged that purple is his favorite color, a dangerous statement considering the former Ducks rival Washington sports the same color.

In Minneapolis, he will be reunited with former Washington quarterback Jake Browning and Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion, both competing for the backup role behind Kirk Cousins.

“It’ll be a little weird now being on the same team, but I’m excited because I know those guys are excited and great people.” Mitchell said.

His four-year contract is projected to be worth $2,600,316 with a $80,316 signing bonus, according to OverTheCap.com. Mitchell plans on saving his signing bonus and the rest of the checks for the season, while living off the Tommy Hilfiger deal.

Mitchell isn’t done at Oregon, though. He has aspirations to finish his Bachelor’s Degree in political science. He is only two quarters of classes away and plans on taking online classes during season and will return to Eugene to take a few more classes in the offseason. With his political science degree, Mitchell’s goal is to become the mayor of Memphis, but first, he’s focusing on priority one: helping bring a Super Bowl to Minnesota.

Sabrina Ionescu becomes Oregon’s All-Time leader in points and All-Time savage in same night

Sabrina Ionescu becomes Oregon’s All-Time leader in points and All-Time savage in same night

EUGENE - A breaker of records and a breaker of hearts.

This is Sabrina Ionescu.

On a night where Ionescu had to play her best, she came through. Against No. 3 Stanford, in front of 12,218 screaming fans and on national television, this is where Ionescu shines brightest. She was just short of what would have been her 23rd career triple-double with 37 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the 32-point win over Stanford.

No. 6 Oregon (14-2, 4-1 Pac-12) upsets No. 3 Stanford (15-2, 4-1 Pac-12) 87-55 in Matthew Knight Arena.

Ionescu needed 25 points coming into this game to break the all-time scoring record previously set by Alison Lang (2,252, 1980-84). When she had recorded her 24th point, the crowd knew exactly what was at stake. When she drove left and sunk an elbow jumper, the crowd went nuts.

But in Ionescu’s mind it was just another basket. Just another basket in a big time game. At the following timeout, the stadium’s big screen showed her in the Ducks huddle and the crowd went nuts again.

Another milestone reached for the Walnut Creek, California-native and against a team located just shy of an hour from her hometown.

I’m just happy we won but like he [Graves] said, they’re [Stanford] the standard of excellence. Game in and game out that I’ve played them in my career here, that’s who I want to beat. Especially coming from the Bay Area and growing up with them in my backyard then choosing to leave and come here, it’s awesome to be able to play them. Obviously, I know a lot of their players and grew up playing with a lot of them so it’s always been competitive every time we play them and tonight it was. — Ionescu

The stat line is impressive, to say the least. But what makes Sabrina Ionescu the G.O.A.T that she truly is, is her attitude and mindset. It starts with a mamba mentality, a shark in the water, a “stay mad” type of grind. 

She seems to always do it on night’s like this too. When her best is needed, that’s when she usually steps up. I know sometimes against some opponents she isn’t as ready maybe mentally or that into it, but in games like this, she just has that other level to go to. And thank goodness. — Oregon coach Kelly Graves.

That mentality did not shut off when she subbed out with under a minute of game clock remaining. After putting in 38 minutes of work and the Ducks with a more than comfortable 30+ point lead, Ionescu etched her name onto Oregon’s Mt. Rushmore of savage moments: she waved and saluted goodbye to the Cardinal. 

When asked who she was waving / saluting at in the post game press conference, Ionescu replied with a smirk:

Stanford. I’m going to be honest.

But hey, honesty is the best policy, right? 

UP NEXT: The Ducks host the California Golden Bears on Sunday, January 19 at 2 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena.

Sabrina Ionescu channels her inner Damian Lillard, waves bye bye to Stanford

Sabrina Ionescu channels her inner Damian Lillard, waves bye bye to Stanford

Last April, Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers faced off against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The series was full of drama, but the everlasting image of the series came courtesy of Portland's star point guard Damian Lillard.

The wave.

Lillard hit an improbable three-pointer over an outstretched Paul George to eliminate OKC, and as he walked away, Lillard waved goodbye to the Thunder bench. The video was replayed on every local and national sports show, and the gif circulated around the web faster than you could say "Lillard Time."

On Thursday, the scene replayed itself, but this time down I-5 at the University of Oregon.

No. 6 Oregon hosted No. 3 Stanford, a huge showdown between two top-10 teams.

It was there that Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu put on a show. Not only did she have a double-double, she also became Oregon's all-time leading scorer in the process.

Oregon blew out the Cardinal on this night, 87-55, and the lasting image that came from Thursday night's victory, gave us déjà vu. 

Two stars. Two games. Two iconic waves. One thing in common - They're both G.O.A.T.'s. But, which one did it better? You be the judge.

Well, there may not be a clear winner here, but we did learn something - All G.O.A.T.s wave the same! But if you ask former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, a G.O.A.T. in his own right, he may have a favorite in this race. 

 

Oregon has no answer for CJ Elleby in Washington State's first top-10 win since 2007

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Oregon has no answer for CJ Elleby in Washington State's first top-10 win since 2007

It was the battle of the guards.

Ducks senior Payton Pritchard and Cougars sophomore CJ Elleby went head-to-head as No. 8 Oregon traveled to Washington State., for the two teams' only meeting during the regular season.

Prior to Thursday’s game between Oregon (14-4) and Washington State (11-7), Payton Pritchard gained national recognition for his efforts on the court, including his dominant 29-point performance in the Ducks 68-62 win over Arizona State. His ability to knock down jumpers, pass balls and make shots from behind the arc is why he’s a proven candidate for National Player of the Year.

The Ducks’ iron man added 22 points, five rebounds and five assists for Oregon, but it wasn’t enough to seal the deal. Oregon fell 72-61 to Washington State, giving the Cougars their first top-10 win since 2007.

Washington State’s CJ Elleby stole the show and had the hot hand early on, finishing with 15 points before halftime. The Cougs floor general finished the night 9-20 from the floor for 25 points and 4-for-7 from behind the arc. He was perfect from the free-throw line and added 14 rebounds. 

Up next: The Ducks will look to bounce back against Washington on Saturday. The Huskies have dropped the last two games and will host Oregon State Thursday at 8:00 p.m. 

Check back for quotes from Dana Altman's press conference after the game. 

Instant Analysis: Oregon makes a statement with blowout win over Stanford

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Instant Analysis: Oregon makes a statement with blowout win over Stanford

EUGENE --  No. 6 Oregon stumbled against Arizona State last week, but that is already a distant memory. They bounced back with a win over Arizona, then welcomed the No.3 team in the nation to town in the Stanford Cardinal. Two of the top teams in the country battled it out for two and a half quarters before Oregon flexed its muscle. Standford trailed 44-42 with 6:00 minutes left in the third quarter, but Oregon turned on the jets and outscored them 43-13 the rest of the way. Behind another impressive performance from Sabrina Ionescu, the Ducks made a statement at Stanford's expense.

Final score: Oregon 87 - Stanford 55

Here are three quick takeaways from Wednesday’s win:

1. Sabrina takeover
The G.O.A.T was at it again. In a top 10 showdown, under the ESPN lights, senior guard Sabrina Ionescu recorded 37 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Just shy of recording her 23rd career triple-double. However, her 37 points were good enough to put her at the top of the all-time scoring list at Oregon.

2. Defense steals the show
How do you take advantage of a home town crowd? Defense. The Ducks finished with 10 steals including two possessions in a row from Ruthy Hebard.

3.  Oregon dominated the final third of the game

Stanford trailed by just two points with six minutes left in the third quarter. Then, Oregon flipped the switch. The Ducks ended the quarter on a 21-6 run. Stanford never had a chance after Oregon landed that knockout blow. This team is scary good when the engine is running at full speed. 

Up Next: The Ducks host the California Golden Bears on Sunday, January 19. Tipoff is set 2:00 pm. 

Be sure to check back throughout the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, articles, and videos from the players.

Oregon Ducks 2020 football schedule and dates released

Oregon Ducks 2020 football schedule and dates released

The 2019 Oregon Ducks season just ended with an exciting victory in the 106th Rose Bowl, but it's never too early to look ahead to next season.

Thursday afternoon, the Pac-12 announced the conference schedule for all teams.

Here's an overview of Oregon's opponents in 2020-2021.

NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

All three of Oregon's non-conference games will be at home this season, meaning they won't play away from Autzen Stadium until conference play which is a huge advantage. Let's look at each opponent.

vs. North Dakota State (September 5, 2020)

In the season opener, the Ducks will host FCS juggernaut North Dakota State. The Bison have won eight of the last nine FCS championships. Despite losing their head coach, North Dakota State went 16-0 this season to maintain a first overall ranking in FCS. They also have a history of upsetting FBS schools with six total victories last decade: Kansas (2010), Minnesota (2011), Colorado State (2012), Kansas State (2013), Iowa State (2014), and No. 13 Iowa (2016). The Ducks will have the talent advantage but cannot overlook the Bison, especially with a big opponent looming the following week.

vs. Ohio State (September 12, 2020)

A game ten years in the making. No, seriously this home-and-home series was scheduled in 2010 after the two teams played in the 2010 Rose Bowl, which Ohio State won 26-17. 

Now ten years later, Ohio State will travel to Autzen Stadium with an expected preseason ranking of No. 1 or No. 2, while Oregon will want to prove on the national stage they belong in the top tier of college football. The Buckeyes will return Heisman finalist quarterback Justin Fields who will be hungry to return to the college football playoff after a heartbreaking loss to Clemson this past season. Ohio State will be the first big test for whichever quarterback replaces Justin Herbert.

vs. Hawaii (September 19, 2020)

After hosting the Buckeyes, Oregon will play the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors from the Mountain West Conference. Hawai'i did defeat two Pac-12 teams this past season, Oregon State and Arizona, but both of those games were on their home turf and just lost their coach. The Ducks should blow them out in Autzen Stadium. 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

at Colorado (September 26, 2020)

Following a 45-3 stomping this past season, the Buffaloes will look for revenge on their home turf. This will be head coach Mel Tucker's second season at Colorado and will aspire to improve on their 5-7 record.

vs. Washington (October 3rd, 2020)

Besides Ohio State, this game should be the game of the year for Oregon. Cristobal and the Ducks have won the last two games of the series against their largest rival, but the Huskies will be sporting a new offensive system in head coach Jimmy Lake's first season. It'll be Oregon's first look at a new-look Washington program that has said it'll be much more aggressive when it comes to recruiting. With USC sinking, Washington and Oregon will compete to be the premier destination on the West Coast, and this game could help swing that battle. This will also be the first visit from Washington since CJ Verdell's walk-off halfback dive in overtime. 

Washington will also be coming off a bye and opening their Pac-12 schedule with this game.

BYE

at California (October 17th, 2020)

Under head coach Justin Wilcox, Cal will always have a fundamentally sound defense that makes it hard on opposing offenses. Last season, the Golden Bears shut out Oregon in the first half to lead 7-0 despite their starting quarterback, Chase Garbers, missing the game. Garbers will be back next season and if he can stay healthy, the Ducks are in for a fight. In the seven games Garbers started and finished this past season, Cal went 7-0. 

vs. Stanford (October 24th, 2020)

Next year's Stanford team will look a lot different than this past season as 14 different Cardinals have entered the transfer portal, including starting quarterback KJ Costello. If David Shaw can get some of those players to return this could be a trap game but the Ducks should take care of business despite Stanford always being dangerous.

at Arizona (October 31st, 2020)

The Ducks will travel to Tucson, Arizona to play the Wildcats which has always been a house of horrors for them, so it's fitting they'll play them on Halloween. Their last victory in Tucson was a 56-31 victory back in 2011 when the Ducks won the conference and went to the Rose Bowl. Since then, they have lost 42-13 in 2013 and 44-14 in 2018. Both losses had Arizona unranked and Oregon nationally ranked, and the latter loss came in head coach Mario Cristobal's first season. 

vs. USC (November 7th, 2020)

USC will return to Autzen Stadium for the first time since 2015 when a Vernon Adams Jr.-led Oregon defeated USC 48-28. The Trojans shocked everyone this offseason by keeping head coach Clay Helton despite him holding the 12th ranked recruiting class....in the Pac-12. The Trojans can always put up a fight given all the talent on their roster. Cristobal will want to dominate the Trojans to show current LA-based recruits that Oregon, not USC, is the place to play on the West Coast. Don't be surprised if this is a massive recruiting weekend for the program. 

vs. Arizona State (Friday, November 13th, 2020)

One home game many Ducks fans will have marked will be this revenge spot as the Sun Devils spoiled Oregon's college football playoff hopes last season by defeating them 31-28 in Tempe. Quarterback Jayden Daniels should improve on an impressive freshman season with some new weapons, including former Ducks WR commit Johnny Wilson. Herm Edwards got four different four-star wide receivers in the past recruiting class. 

at Washington State (November 21st, 2020)

The Ducks will look to end another road-losing streak in Pullman, where they have not won since 2014. Their 51-33 loss in 2016 got quarterback Dakota Prukop benched for Justin Herbert. Then the Ducks lost again in 2018, 34-20, in College Gameday's first-ever trip to Washington State.

With the departure of Mike Leach to Mississippi State, the Cougars will be transitioning to the run-and-shoot offense under new head coach Nick Rolovich, previously from Hawaii.

at Oregon State (November 28th, 2020)

Beavers head coach Jonathan Smith has turned the program around to the point the Beavers gave the Ducks a fight with their backup quarterback in Eugene this past season. Oregon State loses WR Isaiah Hodgins and QB Jake Luton, but Smith will tailor his offense to the strengths of their replacements. Competing to replace Luton will be Nebraska transfer Tristan Gebbia, who started the Civil War, and Chance Nolan, a dual-threat JUCO transfer.  

Oregon Ducks to play in the 2020 Emerald Classic

Oregon Ducks to play in the 2020 Emerald Classic

The Oregon Ducks men's basketball team will participate in the seventh annual Emerald Coast Classic presented by Global Sports Nov. 27-29, 2020, on the campus of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. 

The appearance will be the Ducks' first time participating in the tournament. They'll square off against the likes of Florida, Illinois, Iowa State, Alabama A&M, Louisiana-Monroe, McNeese State and North Florida.

If the Ducks were to match-up against the Flordia Gators, it'd be the first time since 2007 when the Gators defeated the Ducks in the Elite Eight, 85-77. Florida won the National Championship that year.

"We are looking forward to a great experience at the Emerald Coast Classic," said Oregon head coach Dana Altman. "It is a great field and should be a very competitive tournament."

The first-round and second-round games will occur at the on-campus sites of Oregon, Florida, Illinois, and Iowa State. Four third-round games will be played Nov. 27 at The Arena at NFSC. Consolation round games are scheduled Nov. 28 with the third-place and championship games set for Nov. 29.

"We're proud to assemble another tremendous field for the Emerald Coast Classic, attracting some of the top collegiate basketball programs in the nation," said tournament director Maury Hanks, chief executive officer of Global Sports. "The word is quickly spreading around the country about the strong reputation of our tournament in drawing teams from the best conferences in college basketball."

Game Preview: No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 3 Stanford

Game Preview: No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 3 Stanford

Two days after Oregon Coach Kelly Graves’ birthday, No. 3 Oregon (13-2, 3-1 Pac-12) hosts No. 3 Stanford (15-1, 4-0 Pac-12) in what could be a preview of a Pac-12 tournament and NCAA tournament showdown later this season. Whenever these two programs face off on one another, there’s just a different feel to it. 

Last season, the Ducks got the jump on the Cardinal with a 40 point victory at Maples Pavilion. Stanford would get their revenge with a 64-57 win over Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament title game.

Both Oregon and Stanford historically have proven to sign top recruiting classes, unmatched facilities and outstanding coaching. 

Tonight, we get the first installment of this heated matchup this season.

Numbers to know:

POINTS PER GAME:

Oregon - 86.5

Stanford - 78.5

THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE

Oregon - 36.0

Stanford - 35.9

TWO STANFORD FRESHMEN TO WATCH:

Hannah Jump - the 6-foot freshman guard is only averaging 6.7 points per game, but is shooting lights out from beyond the arc at 47.6%. If you give her space, she will make you pay.

Haley Jones - The 6-foot-1, 3x Pac-12 Freshman of the Week guard is averaging 11.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Junior Kiana Williams, with her lightning quickness and fast-paced tempo, is having another great season under VanDerveer averaging 12.7 points and 3.7 assists per game.

The Stanford guard-play of Jones, junior Kiana Williams and sophomore Lexie Hull are averaging a combined 37.4 points per game.

They're just so smart — and that's not even a joke about the fact they go to Stanford," Ionescu said. "They're very smart. They know the scout religiously. They know every player's strengths, every player's weaknesses. We'll call out plays and they already know exactly what we're going to run. We're going to have to be able to battle and play our game. — senior guard Sabrina Ionescu

Slowing down the Cardinal guards will be key for Oregon’s success. 

On the other end, senior Sabrina Ionescu recorded her 22nd career triple-double and senior Ruthy Hebard recorded her 47th career double-double last Sunday vs. the Arizona Wildcats. The Ducks are coming off a split weekend vs. the Arizona schools losing to Arizona State 72-66 and defeating then No. 18 Arizona 71-64.

Ionescu is Oregon’s all-time leader in assists and three-pointers made and is 25 points away from becoming Oregon’s all-time leader in scoring.

Coach Graves said the other day in practice that we haven’t even reached our full potential yet, nothing close to our full potential. When that does come around and we’re able to get everything together, I think it’s a scary sight. I’m excited for that. — senior guard Minyon Moore

Only time will tell if the Ducks will be celebrating once again tonight at Matthew Knight Arena.

Tip-off set for 6 p.m. (PT) in Eugene, OR.

That Polynesian Bowl "Flowe": How the Ducks signee is impressing at practices

That Polynesian Bowl "Flowe": How the Ducks signee is impressing at practices

This Saturday at the Polynesian Bowl, many Oregon commits with a Polynesian background will be playing their final high school football games before enrolling in Eugene for spring ball. 

The exhibition contest "where the world’s top high school football players gather to celebrate culture and play the game they love" will be the final chance for many of these players to bond with one another head of stepping on campus.

Five-star Duck commit Noah Sewell spoke about seeing everyone one last time before being official teammates.

"It's real good getting to know them real closely and just strengthen that relationship and carry it on to Oregon."

Sewell isn't the only Duck signee in Hawai'i this week, however. Linebacker Justin Flowe, wide receiver Kris Hutson, cornerback Dontae Manning, quarterback Robby Ashford, cornerback Luke Hill, offensive lineman Laaope Laloulu and defensive lineman Maceal Adaese are all also in attendance.

Flowe, in particular, appears to be having the time of his life.

Don't let that vibing demeanor give you the wrong idea, Flowe has been beasting at the practices.  After the first session, 247Sports recruiting analyst Blair Angulo named Flowe the "Alpha Dog" of the camp:

The five-star linebacker from Upland, Calif., and Oregon signee looked as motivated as anyone on the field Tuesday, showing a different level of intensity throughout drills and playbook install. Assistant coaches raved about his concentration and seriousness, and it was clear that Flowe's ultra competitive demeanor would not be hindered by the laid back atmosphere. Flowe was physical in one-on-one battles and did a really nice job of reading quarterbacks to shut down the middle of the field during the 11-on-11 portion of practice.

While at the practices, Flowe talked to National Recruiting Analyst for 247Sports, Greg Biggins about why he chose Oregon.

"It was Clemson early on but in the end, Oregon was the best fit for me and I'm very excited to be a Duck. The plan is to come in and take over for Troy Dye and with the players coming back, I think we can have a National Championship level defense."

Oh, and Flowe is beasting in his modeling of the Polynesian uniform photoshoot.

If you got it, flaunt it!

Flowe also showed off his raw strength in a game of tug-of-war. 

Ducks fans can also watch the potential future QB1 for Oregon: Robby Ashford.

Ashford will compete for the starting job with Tyler Shough, Jay Butterfield, and Cade Millen. 

 

Report: Joe Moorhead expected to be hired as Oregon Ducks OC

Report: Joe Moorhead expected to be hired as Oregon Ducks OC

Mario Cristobal said this week they want to hire an offensive coordinator to replace Marcus Arroyo "within the week".

He wasn't kidding and it appears they have their man.

According to the Stadium's Brett McMurphy, Mario Cristobal is expected to hire former Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead to become the new offensive coordinator.

Moorhead interviewed for the job this past weekend and must have made an impression to be hired so shortly after.

The former Bulldogs head coach was a late addition to the candidate list as he was fired after the Bulldogs' bowl game following just his second season replacing current Flordia head coach Dan Mullens. His offense as Mississippi State head coach were also lackluster, 71st and 74th in total offense, but he excelled his last time as an assistant coach at Penn State.

Iin his first season as offensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions, Moorhead won the Big Ten and placed 21st in scoring offense (37.6 points) and 50th in total offense (435.6) nationally. One season later the Nittany Lions shot up to sixth in scoring offense (37.6 points) and 19th in total offense (460.3 yards). Given the weapons Oregon has on offense returning and joining the program, Moorhead should be able to do some damage.

Juwan Johnson, who played for Moorhead while at Penn State, approved of the hire last week when it was rumored. 

On Monday, Cristobal spoke about what he's looking for in an offensive coordinator.

It has to hit on all cylinders in terms of, not only a guy that's a great X's and O's guy, not only a guy that can recruit really well. It has to be a great person. It has to fit the culture, has to be bought in completely. It has to be something that really generates the same type of momentum that we're generating and is completely in. -- Cristobal

Oregon also interviewed Notre Dame quarterbacks coach Tommy Rees (who got promoted to OC at Notre Dame), Los Angeles Rams offensive assistant Jedd Fisch and Tulsa offensive coordinator Will Hall.

This will be the second coordinator Cristobal has hired after replacing defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt with then-Boise State defensive coordinator Andy Avalos. The result was a stout defense that ranked 21st in the nation in total defense and led the conference in sacks and tackles-for-loss.