Oregon and Oregon State will cease the use of the “Civil War,” rivalry moniker effective immediately.
In a divisive moment, the two schools came together to announce the name “Civil War” will no longer be used in promotion of any competitions between the Ducks and Beavers.
Former Ducks legend Dennis Dixon said a phone call from his friend Teresa Tran spurred the need for a change to the rivalry name.
As a player, he led us into a national championship race. Now, he’s a leading voice for change regarding today’s announcement.— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) June 26, 2020
Here’s Dennis Dixon on how the conversation took shape: pic.twitter.com/5eq6T7FErm
Being seen as one of those influential in this state, I wanted to ladder it up to some of my good friends I played with at the University of Oregon, Garrett Strong and in Jonathan Stewart. I just really wanted to get their advice. They were both sold on it. But one thing that they both told me was, in order for this to come into fruition, we have got to get the current players, as well as the ADs and Vice Presidents to buy-in. I am happy to see two universities coming together to drive change, an everlasting change. I am excited to be part of this change. Thank you to all that have put their time and effort into this. Forever grateful. And as always, Go Ducks!” -- Dennis Dixon
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A new name for the rivalry has not yet been revealed, but fans have already started to dole out possible names for the historic rivalry. NBCSNW’s Dwight Jaynes had a few suggestions of his own.
Many believe there is one creature that is the obvious choice and is the perfect nod to both teams: the platypus. Plus, calling the rivalry “The Platypus Cup,” or “Platypus Bowl,” makes since.
The Platypus Trophy has long been awarded to the winner of the annual match between the Ducks and Beavers, and a trophy is simply not enough. The fans need the event to go full platypi as well.
If the Oregon-Oregon State rivalry is not renamed The Battle for the Platypus I quit.— Brenna Greene (@BrennaGreene_) June 26, 2020
Let’s be honest:— Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) June 26, 2020
*looks around, lowers voice*
Platypus Cup is objectively a better name than the Civil War for Oregon-OSU.
The Platypus Cup. I wouldn’t use bowl because it’s not just for football.— Jake Schubert (@beaverjake07) June 26, 2020
Here are a couple of other suggestions thrown out on Twitter, including one from former Ducks linebacker Troy Dye.
The battle for Willamette‼️🤷🏽♂️ https://t.co/o9c7dn85m4— Troy Dye (@Tdye15dbTroy) June 26, 2020
While fan opinion appears tepid to Oregon-Oregon State dropping the "Civil War" nickname, there are plenty of suggestions going beyond the obvious Platypus theme: pic.twitter.com/J4RkQgTNgY— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) June 26, 2020
Leaders in the clubhouse so far...— Oregon Recruiting (@duckscrootin) June 26, 2020
War for the Willamette
What else you got?
Oregon Bowl/Cup— baby kev (@biglovekevin) June 26, 2020
Oregon War (Bowl/Cup) optional
I can keep going lol
There's also these names...what could go wrong?
Goonie Bowl— Oregon Recruiting (@duckscrootin) June 26, 2020
Vegan, Gluten Free Cup
The Battle of Mascots Who Are Mutually Beneficial to Their Shared Ecosystem— Michael Shepherd (@mchlshepherd) June 26, 2020
Bye week— Todd Fisher (@toddfisher22) June 26, 2020
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