Happy fans or not, losing Marcus Arroyo makes large impact for Ducks

Happy fans or not, losing Marcus Arroyo makes large impact for Ducks

After three seasons at Oregon, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo has agreed to become the new head coach at UNLV. 

Arroyo’s salary at Oregon was $825,000, the third highest Pac-12 Conference assistant salary. Arroyo's contract does have a buyout that would require the coach to pay 20% of his guaranteed salary remaining but that is waived because Arroyo took a head coaching position at the FBS level, which UNLV is a part of.

Why UNLV? Why now?

Arroyo’s head coaching aspirations are realized at UNLV in the Mountain West Conference. The 39-year-old has ties to the Mountain West, playing quarterback at San Jose State (1998-2002), coaching quarterbacks at San Jose State (2006-2008) and coaching quarterbacks/offensive coordinator at Wyoming (2009-10).

He’s raking over a Rebels program with some shiny new facilities and recruiting tools (something Arroyo is used to at Oregon). UNLV’s priority was to hire a head coach before early signing period for the 2020 class occurs from December 18-20. The Rebels have 10 players committed for what 247Sports ranks as the Mountain West’s No. 3 class.

The Rebels recently opened a $34.8 million, 73,000-square-foot Fertitta Football Complex, a likely recruiting highlight for his new staff.

Arroyo takes over a program with three winning seasons in 27 years. Tony Sanchez went 20-40 over five seasons before being officially fired Nov. 25.

Fan Un-favorite

Oregon fans developed a strong dislike towards Arroyo this season.

“Why did the Ducks throw downfield more against Auburn?”

“Where is the play-calling creativity?”

“Why are Arroyo’s play calls so predictable? One-dimensional?

“How come there aren’t many explosive plays?”

Some fans go as far to say that Arroyo didn’t develop senior quarterback Justin Herbert to his full potential.

In reality, Oregon’s offense has improved over Arroyo’s tenure and much of the “lackluster-ness” is due to UO coach Mario Cristobal’s strength and power offense designed to dominate the trenches and pound the ground.

Coming off possibly his best play calling performance in Oregon’s 37-15 win over Utah, Arroyo’s offense averaged 35.2 points per game this season. That ranked second in the Pac-12 Conference behind Washington State’s air raid. Arroyo coached Herbert to 3,333 yards passing with 32 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Running back CJ Verdell reached 1,000 yards rushing for his second-straight season. 2019 marked the second consecutive year and fourth time in program history that Oregon has had a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher in the same season. The Ducks also lead the nation with number of players with a touchdown (19) and number of players with a receiving touchdown (12).

The proof is in the pudding... Oregon is 11-2, won the Pac-12 title and has a chance to win its first Rose Bowl since 2014.

What impact does this have?

With Justin Herbert NFL bound in April, Oregon’s offense will be likely run by quarterback Tyler Shough in 2020. Herbert’s heir, Shough, was recruited by Arroyo.

As evident with Herbert, who sustained three different head coaches throughout his Oregon career, coaching turnover can stunt growth and slow progress.
It’s expected that Cristobal will stick to his offensive philosophy but coaching turnover will undoubtably have an affect on Shough, who has spent two seasons with Arroyo. A big question mark is how much of an affect? Will Shough have to learn a new offense over the summer with a matchup against Ohio State looming in non-conference play?

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As with any coaching change, the 2020 recruiting class may be effected as recruiting sharks will emerge in attempt to steer prospects to other Pac-12 coaches. Oregon’s class currently ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12 and No. 11 in the nation. With Cristobal’s recruiting prowess, I wouldn’t expect UO to take too big of a hit.

Other notable current Ducks who were recruited by Arroyo: wide receivers Mycah Pittman, Josh Delgado and JR Waters.

Who could be replacement?

Oregon has a few candidates in house that could be promoted within, like running backs coach Jim Mastro. However, if I were a betting woman, I’d say the Ducks will open up a nation wide search.

No. 22 Ducks start Brooks, win 83-63 over UNLV at Moda Center

No. 22 Ducks start Brooks, win 83-63 over UNLV at Moda Center

Oregon 83 vs. UNLV 63 

How Oregon won: No. 22 Oregon (10-2) jumped out to a 17-9 lead on UNLV (6-5) midway through the first half, led just 37-33 at halftime and then opened up a big lead in the second half to cruise to a sound victory. 

UO junior forward Dillon Brooks (foot injury) returned to the starting lineup for the first time this season and scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting. He also added four assists, four rebounds and three steals. Brooks, who entered the night averaging 12.3 points in 19.3 minutes off the bench per game, struggled in the first half making just one of five shot attempts.  

Oregon freshman guard Payton Pritchard returned to the Portland area where he starred at West Linn High School to score six points with three assists. 

The Ducks controlled the game from the start, shooting 44.8 percent in the first half while holding UNLV to 29 percent shooting, thanks in large part to six blocked shots before halftime. 

What it means: Oregon, with Brooks back in the starting lineup, can now begin to search for its identity while running the offense through its best player, who appears to have rediscoverd his mojo. 

Key sequence: Oregon opened the second half with a 10-0 run that involved a three-pointer from Brooks, two layups from junior forward Jordan Bell, a three from Pritchard and five UNLV turnovers. The Runnin' Rebels committed just four turnovers in the entire first half. The Ducks' outburst gave them a commanding 47-33 lead and UO never looked back. 

High-flying Ducks: Bell had 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Dorsey added 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting. 

Fowl play: Senior guard Dylan Ennis struggled shooting the ball, scoring eight points on 3-of-9 shooting. But he did have five assists and six rebounds. 

Wounded Duck: Senior forward Chris Boucher sat out game with an undisclosed injury that required him to entered the arena on crutches and spend the game sitting on the bench while wearing a walking boot. 

Up next: Oregon hosts Fresno State (7-3) on Tuesday before starting Pac-12 play Dec. 28 at home against No. 2 UCLA (12-0). 


Report: Former Blazers SF Stacey Augmon to join Bucks coaching staff


Report: Former Blazers SF Stacey Augmon to join Bucks coaching staff

The Plastic Man. NCAA champion. Solid 17-year NBA career. Most recently, UNLV assistant coach.

Stacey Augmon is all of that — and now he may be an assistant coach for Jason Kidd with the Milwaukee Bucks, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Kidd goes with people he knows and trusts as assistants.