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Pac-12 extends suspension of organized team activities through May 31

Pac-12 extends suspension of organized team activities through May 31

The Pac-12 Conference has announced a suspension of all organized activities through May 31 in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Initially, the NCAA had canceled all winter and sports championship events before suspending all team activities through March 29. 

According to a press release from the conference itself, here are the key elements and guidelines to follow during the suspension.

  • No organized, in-person team activities of any type;

  • No in-person voluntary workouts, film study sessions, meetings, technique drills or practices of any type;

  • Virtual or online supervised voluntary workouts and skill instruction are not permitted, regardless of location;

  • Virtual group activities, including film study, are permitted to two (2) hours per week for football and four (4) hours per week for all other sports.  We are appealing to the NCAA to increase the two-hour football limit in the near future;

  • Coaches can recommend written, self-directed workout plans, and taped demonstration videos on workout plans are allowed in order to demonstrate proper form and technique;

  • In-person, on-campus nutrition may be provided in circumstances where student-athletes are unable to leave campus, and off-campus nutrition is limited to distribution of products normally available on campus;

  • It is fully permissible to provide non-athletically related support to student-athletes, including sports medicine treatments, physical therapy and rehabilitation; academic support; and mental health and wellness support; and

  • It is permissible for institutions to provide off-campus student-athletes with apparel and personal equipment that is regularly available to student-athletes when they are on campus for conditioning workouts.  It is not permissible to rent, purchase or arrange for conditioning or strength training equipment or machines.

The announcement will impact Spring Football games nationwide if they weren't already canceled like Oregon's was. 

Also, the Ducks football team will not get to have time with new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead as expected so much of the new playbook will need to be installed and repped this summer if the pandemic is under control by then.

Oregon State will also have Tristan Gebbia and Chance Nolan get fewer reps than anticipated before training camp which may give Gebbia the edge since he has been in the program for a year longer than the JUCO transfer. 

Both Oregon and Oregon State are having all classes be online this spring term. 

Report: Pac-12 to suspend unofficial, official recruit visits

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Report: Pac-12 to suspend unofficial, official recruit visits

Just hours after the Oregon Ducks football program canceled its football practice and scrimmage Saturday in Hillsboro, the Pac-12 Conference has put a stop to recruiting visits due to COVID-19.

Per Oregonian recruiting reporter, Andrew Nemic, the Pac-12 will be banning all unofficial and official visits for recruits for an unknown amount of time. Nemic noted all current student-athletes on campuses may complete visits as scheduled.

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal likely favors the conference’s suspension of visits. He made it clear Thursday that keeping his players safe was of the utmost priority.

We’ll make sure and get with the administration, gather all the information necessary to take the next steps necessary to ensure that our student athletes are taken care of. And that their health..is at the forefront of our decisions so that's what I'll like to do.

The recruiting calendar is currently in a quiet period, meaning coaches cannot travel to recruit, but they are allowed to host recruits for visits. Many high-profile visitors typically attend practices or/and the spring game. With this ban, those visits will be postponed.

The Pac-12 Conference also made a move to cancel its annual postseason tournament in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Oregon and Oregon State were set to play in Thursday’s quarterfinals, before the conference tournament came to an abrupt halt.

Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament to go on as planned, despite COVID-19 concerns

Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament to go on as planned, despite COVID-19 concerns

While sporting events around the country are postponing or canceling due to coronavirus concerns, the show must go on in Las Vegas. 

The Pac-12 Conference announced Tuesday that the men’s basketball tournament will go on as scheduled. However, the conference will make a number of adjustments ahead of this week’s play in Las Vegas. 

Included in the statement released by the conference is the decision to increase arena safety for fans and student-athletes, continued education on COVID-19 for student-athletes, coaches and conference university personnel, and an option for universities to make decisions to travel band and spirit squads. The Pac-12 has also made the decision to limit locker room access to student-athletes and essential staff only. 

The conference will also reschedule this year’s Pac-12 Hall of Honor induction ceremony activities, which were scheduled to take place March 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m at T-Mobile Arena. The Hall of Honor induction will instead move to the 2021 edition of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

More from the conference on its efforts: 

We are coordinating with our member universities, the NCAA, our tournament and championship event partners, state and local health authorities, and the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Board, as we closely monitor coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We will continue to analyze and implement updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health authorities and take the steps necessary to protect the health of participants and attendees.

You can read the full statement from the Pac-12 here

Both Oregon and Oregon State are expected to participate in the tournament.

Oregon State will play Utah in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. PT. The Ducks, who earned a first-round bye, will play the winner of the Beavers-Utes game in the quarterfinals Thursday at 12:00 p.m. PT.  

Oregon and Baylor women’s basketball to meet in Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge 

Oregon and Baylor women’s basketball to meet in Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge 

A battle between two of the nation’s top women’s basketball teams will headline the inaugural Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge this December. 

Oregon will meet with Baylor in a non-conference clash at T-Mobile Arena. The challenge will take place Saturday, Dec. 19 as part of a quadruple header featuring the Ducks and Lady Bears, as well as three Pac-12 men’s programs: Colorado, Oregon and Washington, against Big 12 opponents Oklahoma, TCU, and a third program to be determined at a later date. 

“This is an amazing opportunity to showcase two of women’s basketball’s top teams on a national stage, as well as the ascension of the Oregon and Pac-12 Women’s Basketball brands,” Pac-12 Senior Associate Commissioner of Sports Management and Institutional Services Teresa Gould said in a statement.

“We look forward to having a women’s basketball presence as part of this unique quadruple-header and creating an NCAA Tournament-caliber neutral site atmosphere for these program’s outstanding student-athletes and coaches and hope their fan bases embrace and enjoy the experience.”

The Oregon women’s basketball team last met Baylor in the 2019 NCAA Final Four. The Ducks historic season ended in a 72-67 loss to the eventual national champions.

Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu returned for a final season in hopes that the Ducks could net a NCAA championship, but they’ll likely have to go through the Lady Bears to get there. Oregon and Baylor have both secured regular-season titles and spent the season in Top 5 of the women’s basketball standings.

You can now secure your tickets to the Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge by visiting the site axs.com/Pac-12Coast-to-Coast.

Five things to root for to help Oregon’s CFB Playoff chances

Five things to root for to help Oregon’s CFB Playoff chances

Oregon’s No. 7 ranking in the first College Football Playoff poll this season keeps the Ducks’ National Championship dreams alive and makes their next four games extremely relevant. Whether you are freaking out (good or bad) or calm as a cucumber like Oregon Coach Mario Cristobal (who watched Oregon’s basketball game at Matthew Knight Arena during the debut rankings release), here is an ideal scenario that’d help the Ducks get into the top four.

First and foremost, it’s essential the Ducks (8-1, 6-0 Pac-12) cruise through Pac-12 Conference play undefeated. The Ducks are the second highest ranked one-loss team, behind No. 6 Georgia.

The slight against the Ducks is their best wins are against Washington and USC, a pair of unranked 5-4 teams. The combined record of the FBS opponents Oregon has beaten this is season is 30-30. Oregon’s saving grace could be a possible Top 10 showdown with No. 8 Utah (8-1, 5-1) in the Pac-12 Championship Game. A one-loss Pac-12 champion would certainly be in the discussion for one of the four spots.

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Root for Utah… Until the championship game, of course

It’d help Oregon’s chances if Utah excelled in the committee’s “eye test” for the remainder of their conference games. Root for the Utes to destroy UCLA, Arizona and Colorado to finish the season 11-1 in dominating fashion. Then, root for a convincing Oregon victory against a strong Utah team in the Pac-12 title game.

Root for Washington to beat Oregon State in Reser Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Oregon State is still in the race for the divisional title and is the only team Oregon has not beaten in the Pac-12 North. The Beavers (4-4, 3-2) are second in the Pac-12 North standings and are trending upwards, winning three of their last four.

Ducks fans should root for the Huskies, who are coming off a loss to No. 8 Utah. If the Beavers top Washington, the Civil War would be a pivotal rivalry matchup with the potential for a disaster upset for the Ducks.  

Root for LSU to beat Alabama, 12:30 p.m. Saturday

If No. 2 LSU (8-0) badly routs No. 3 Alabama (8-0) in Saturday’s marquee matchup, it could raise major doubts about the Crimson Tide as playoff contenders (along with its soft non-conference schedule and resume).

Root for Auburn, particularly vs. Georgia (All Ducks fans roll eyes)

Yes,  No. 11 Auburn (7-2) beat Oregon in the season opener, which still stings for many Ducks fans. However, that last second loss will look better if the Tigers can win out down the stretch, specifically against No. 6 Georgia on November 16.

Penn State and Ohio State still play each other. Root for a blowout in that Big Ten clash, one convincing enough to raise serious doubts about the loser.

Root for Oklahoma to lose

Oklahoma (7-1) is ranked No. 9. Root for the Sooners to lose a game against remaining opponents Iowa State, Baylor, TCU or Oklahoma State. If Oklahoma wins out and wins the Big 12 title game, the committee may have to decide between a one-loss Pac-12 champion and a one-loss Big 12 champion.

The poll that actually matters is released on December 8th and there is a lot of football left to be played. No. 1 Ohio State still has to play No. 4 Penn State and who knows, maybe No. 5 Clemson will get upset. However, don’t forget that for Oregon to be a strong candidate, it first must take care of its own business, which Cristobal recognizes.

Oregon football at USC kicks off in prime time

Oregon football at USC kicks off in prime time

No. 11 Oregon’s next road game at USC on Nov. 2 kicks off at 5 p.m. on Fox.

The matchup could be a Pac-12 championship preview. The Ducks (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) control the North Division with zero conference losses. The Trojans (4-3, 3-1) are tied with No. 12 Utah for first place in the South Division but own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Utes (6-1, 3-1).

Oregon, who is off to its first 4-0 start in Pac-12 play since 2013, will be looking for its fourth consecutive Pac-12 road victory at LA Memorial Coliseum. 

Want to get a sneak peak at the Trojans? USC plays at Colorado on Friday at Folsom Field (6 p.m., ESPN2).

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3 keys for Oregon to be victorious against rival Washington

3 keys for Oregon to be victorious against rival Washington

No. 12 Oregon is the only remaining team in the North Division without a loss and looking to stay atop of the North standings. The Ducks (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) are looking for their sixth-straight victory to improve to 4-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013. Washington (5-2, 2-2) needs to win to stay in the hunt for the division title.

Numbers to know: Washington hasn't allowed an opponent to score more than 35 points in a game since a 44-30 loss at UCLA in 2014.

Fun fact: This is the 112th meeting between the Northwest foes.

Betting line: Oregon is a road favorite. The Ducks opened as 3.5-point favorites against the Huskies. The line has since moved to 2.5-points. The over/under is 55 total points.

Key to an Oregon win

In a game that I’m expecting to be a low scoring affair, there are three things the Ducks must do be victorious in Seattle, WA:

Score early

Through seven games, UW has outscored opponents 90-6 in the first quarter. An early Oregon touchdown would help to silence the expected tempestuous and unruly sea of purple fans at Husky Stadium. Striking first would also build on the Ducks’ offensive confidence and the rhythm they established in their past win against Colorado.

Win the turnover battle

UW has forced 13 turnovers and has scored on 11, which ranks No. 15 in the nation in turnover margin. Oregon has an interception in 13 of the last 15 games and leads the nation with 11.7 points per game off turnovers. Capitalizing on any mistakes the Huskies and quarterback Jacob Eason make is crucial.

Red Zone Warriors

Washington ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in red zone offense (.906). In contrast, Oregon's defense leads the nation in the red zone: allowing 14 trips into the red zone this season but giving up only two touchdowns (14.3 percent). The contrast of strengths will be fun to watch on Saturday.

How and where to watch

Time: Saturday, Oct. 19, 12:30 p.m. (PT)

Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington

TV: ABC

Radio: Portland on 1080 "The Fan"; Eugene on KUGN-AM 590

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Oregon upperclassmen teaching Washington rivalry legacy to young Ducks

Oregon upperclassmen teaching Washington rivalry legacy to young Ducks

The Ducks will be walking into a tempestuous and unruly sea of purple at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA on Saturday.

No. 12 Oregon (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) looks to stay atop the Pac-12 Conference North Division and beat rival No. 25 Washington (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) in the rain and toughest road environment UO will face this season.

Of the 70,083 fans expected at the 112th meeting between the Northwest foes, at least 20 of them will be Washington fans converted to Oregon fans.

Senior offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton, who graded out as the top offensive lineman in the Pac-12 Conference in 2018, is from Bellevue, Wash. Although he grew up as a Husky fan just a stones throw away from Seattle (13.7 miles to be exact), Throckmorton chose to play for UO over UW, converting 20 of his family members to green and yellow in the process.

The legacy and history of the Oregon-Washington rivalry is as important to Throckmorton as anyone. The senior knows preparation is the key to a win over the Huskies in his final season.

“It comes down to controlled aggression,” Throckmorton said. “Letting that passion and the pageantry of the rivalry give you that little bit of juice to start the game. But, you have to use that in the right way. It can’t come out as raw emotion, it has to come out as controlled aggression.”

Tigard, Oregon-native tight end Ryan Bay has a different perspective. As an Oregonian who grew up cheering on the Ducks against the Huskies, Bay says the opportunity to contribute on Saturday makes the game even more meaningful.

“It’s all about pride,” Bay said.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior joined the Ducks as a walk-on in 2015, worked his way to play in all 13 games in 2018 and will likely see an increase in workload this Saturday with the season-ending injury to starter Jacob Breeland.

Bay has done his part to educate and inform the younger Ducks about the bitter rivalry with UW.

“(The underclassmen) will learn quick. The Ducks and the Huskies, we are going to go at it and it’s going to be a fun game. Two tough, physical teams… It’s a battle for the northwest. They are starting to catch on.”

The Ducks won’t change much as they head to Seattle. Oregon plans to focus on its strengths that have translated to wins. 

Oregon's defense has dominated all season, but will face its toughest test against a Huskies team that just put up 51 points in a win at Arizona. Also, Washington reloaded on defense and has one of the best turnover margins in the nation: scored 11 times off 13 turnovers.

Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo said it best, "Washington is true to form. Tough, physical, great coaches, great players. A real aggressive scheme that is fundamentally sound… A pretty quintessential Chris Petersen team."

The Huskies need a win over the Ducks to stay in the hunt for the Pac-12 title. Leading tackler, defensive back Myles Bryant is excited for the rivalry game.

"It's always fun,” Bryant told UW reporters. “I feel like games like this you get the best from both sides, so guys prepare hard, guys play hard. Whenever you get that feeling from both teams I feel like it's pretty fun."

Can Oregon take the reigns from a Washington squad who has won the conference two of the last three seasons? It’ll be a Pac-12 North battle between two rivals who must balance the fine line between playing with emotions and letting emotions play them.

Numbers to know: Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies

Numbers to know: Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies

No. 12 Oregon is flying into Seattle, WA on a five game winning streak to face rival No. 25 Washington. The Ducks (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) look to stay atop the Pac-12 North Division, while the Huskies (5-2, 2-2) are in the hunt to stay in the mix for the division title. It’s the 112th meeting between the Northwest foes and a ranked pivotal division matchup.

Here are 10 stats and numbers you need to know to be the fan dropping knowledge at the tailgate:

BETTING LINE

Oregon is a road favorite. The Ducks opened as 3.5-point favorites against the Huskies. The line has since moved to 2.5-points. The over/under is 55 total points.

FIVE-GAME DUCK DOMINANCE

Oregon has outscored its last five opponents 195-25. The Ducks have scored 27 touchdowns while giving up just one touchdown. UO has held all five opponents to under 10 points, the first time they’ve done so since 1958.

RED ZONE STOPS

Opponents haven't scored a touchdown against Oregon in nine red zone trips. On the season, the Ducks have only allowed two touchdowns of opponents’ 14 red zone trips, a rate of 14.3 percent that leads the nation.

FAST WASHINGTON STARTS

Through seven games, UW has outscored opponents 90-6 in the first quarter.

HUSKIES STOUT PUNT GAME

Washington is 13th in the nation in net punting (42.78 yards). The Huskies have allowed only one touchback and seven punt return yards this season.

HISTORY

In games played in Seattle, the Huskies are 32-21-4 vs. Oregon. In games played in Eugene, the Ducks hold the edge over UW, 18-13. Oregon has won 18 of the last 24 games against Washington, including last season’s 30-27 overtime win in Eugene.

PENEI SEWELL, BLIND SIDE BODYGUARD

Oregon sophomore left tackle Penei Sewell has been racking up the honors this season. Sewell has been named to Pro Football Focus’ National Team of the Week three times, received Outland Trophy's Offensive Lineman of the Month award in September and earned Pac-12 honors four times. His PFF running grade (94.1) leads the nation and has only committed one penalty in 846 career snaps. Oregon is 11-2 in two seasons with the 6-foot-6, 325-pound lineman starting.

BIG REDD

Junior wide receiver Jaylon Redd has scored a receiving touchdown in five consecutive games, tied for the longest streak in the nation and the first Duck to do so since Josh Huff (2013).  Against Colorado, he scored a rushing and receiving touchdown for first time in his career and the first Duck wide receiver to do so since Bralon Addison (2015).

TO DYE FOR

Senior linebacker Troy Dye left the Colorado game with an injury but is cleared to play at Washington. Saturday will be his 40th consecutive start. His career statistics are among the best in the nation: 3rd in tackles, 4th in solo tackles, 7th in tackles/per game and 11th in tackles per loss/game.

A WIN WOULD...

Improve Oregon to 4-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013 and become the first Pac-12 team since Stanford in 2017 to start 4-0 in conference play.

BONUS: Good and bad injury updates

[READ: How Oregon's offense changes without Jacob Breeland]

Oregon Ducks move up in AP Poll after major upsets in top 25

Oregon Ducks move up in AP Poll after major upsets in top 25

The Oregon Ducks (5-1, 3-0) moved up from No. 13 to No. 12 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, after thumping Colorado 45-3 in Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Or.

Oregon’s fifth straight win improves the Ducks to 3-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013 and preserves their spot at the top of the North Division with zero conference losses.

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It was a wild week in the top 25. Among the ranked teams to lose were then No. 3 Georgia, No. 7 Florida and No. 11 Texas.

Oregon remains the top-ranked Pac-12 team, followed by No. 13 Utah, No. 17 Arizona State and No. 25 Washington, who moved back into the top 25 this week. The Ducks will play rival No. 25 Washington in Seattle at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday Oct.19.

In the Pac-12:

  • Washington Huskies come back from halftime deficit to beat Arizona, 51-27
  • Zack Moss lead Utah to a rout of Oregon State, 52-7, in Corvallis.
  • Notre Dame rode Troy Jones' 176 yards to a 30-27 victory over USC.
  • Arizona State rallied to beat Washington State 38-34.