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Terrence: Imagine the possibilities!

Dear Terrence Jones: Today you will be making one of the most important decisions of your life: where to attend college. You’ve received offers from nearly every Division I powerhouse in the country, yet it’s still a complete mystery where you’ll end up. That being said, and all subtleties aside …

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Infatuation with speed shows in D-line

As the Oregon football team’s spring practice period draws to a close, there are still a number of questions yet to be answered. The secondary has been shuffled around, and it is unclear who will start alongside Talmadge Jackson III and Eddie Pleasant. Rob Beard has been inaccurate, and the …

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Malee is no J’marcus Webb

After three days, seven rounds and countless awkward moments on the ESPN set, the NFL draft is finally over. The draft is one of those weird events that you know is largely meaningless but still watch anyway. I have yet to understand why I dedicate so much time to Mel …

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Learn from Legarrette

The next few days are a great time if you’re an NFL fan. It’s a time where you can get your jollies by watching the spectacle (or snoozefest) that is the NFL Draft. I’m not a fan of any of the drafts. I want that clear right now. I may …

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No room at the table for the nerdy kid

Jack Hunter There’s a familiar scene in just about every movie involving a high school, during which the dorky protagonist walks into a crowded cafeteria and looks for a place to sit down. The camera pans around the room, and we see tables filled to capacity. No one wants to …

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Vote Husseman for athletic director

Dear President Richard Lariviere, I would like to use my weekly allotment of column space to formally express interest in the position of athletic director at the University of Oregon. I believe I possess business skills, departmental and University knowledge, community awareness and passion for athletics necessary to fulfill the …

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Ducks look like a different team

Do you remember where you were last year at this time? If you’re like most of us, you were in the first couple weeks of the term, praying that the weather was going to finally turn around. As for the Oregon baseball team, well, let’s just say what a difference …

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Why I am missing Masoli

On Wednesday morning Jeremiah Masoli donned a white jersey for the Oregon football team. In a day that feature an offensive unit cloaked in the coveted black jerseys and the defense in their traditional greens, Masoli stuck out like a sore thumb. As I sat in the front row of …

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Revisiting rookies: How did they do?

In a few days, the NBA regular season will officially end. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, the playoffs will start, thus commencing one of my favorite times of the year. Only the best (or, in the case of the Eastern Conference, slightly above average) teams remain …

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Success imminent for Ducks

Make no mistake, it’s only April 14. The 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships — hosted by Oregon — start June 9. It’s too soon to make sweeping judgments on the state of the Ducks’ track and field teams. And yet, after Saturday’s Pepsi Invitational, I feel like we …

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Students: Why the bare seats?

How many of you saw the best baseball game of the season? If you’re a student, I already know the answer, and it isn’t good. Last Friday night in the rain, Oregon took on the No. 1 Arizona State Sun Devils. The Ducks won 6-5 in extra innings at 12:45 …

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Expansion could end the magic

How long did Gordon Hayward’s half-court shot hang in the air? I don’t think I want to know the answer, because I won’t believe it. Time stopped in there some way, somehow. And I didn’t need Jennifer Hudson and the one “One Shining Moment” highlight to see the tournament flash …

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Oregon needs big names for big goals

The University of Oregon sports culture is at a crossroads. With two large vacancies in the athletic department, the hiring of a new basketball coach and athletic director are tantamount to the future of Oregon athletics. If Oregon wants to continue to make a name for itself as a top-tier …

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L.A. Lakers risking early playoff exit

It’s been far too long since my last installment of Why-I-Love-The-L.A.-Lakers, so I thought I would take some time this week to reflect on some of the lackluster outings they’ve had down this crucial stretch of the NBA season. While they do have the No. 1 seed in the Western …

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Permian provides a lesson for Oregon

The year is 1988, and the setting is Odessa, Texas. No, this is not some terrible dream (who wants to go to west Texas, anyway?). Instead, it is the end of the movie “Friday Night Lights.” Different characters flash across the scene, and accompanying each of them is a summary …

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Attention evades Eaton after record

It’s easy to see what feats of athleticism impress Oregon student fans these days.LaMichael James and Jeremiah Masoli displayed excellent elusiveness from prison cells two weeks ago, as their court cases regarding a domestic dispute and a fraternity robbery, respectively, were resolved. Masoli managed to duck, dodge and dance around …

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Ducks’ start bodes well

Jack Hunter It’s usually around this time every year that I get a little bit of a pep in my step. No, it’s not because the weather is getting slightly better — it’s because there are baseball games being played. This year and last year have been especially great, as …

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Mac Court is home to many memories

A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed Oregon guard Micaela Cocks about McArthur Court. Cocks is a senior, and the 83-year-old gym is the only one she will have known in her college career. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she didn’t want to talk about Matthew Knight Arena, rising from the landscape several …

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Combine numbers useless

For once, this past week I managed to come up with a column idea well before Sunday, (AKA “Oh, crap I have a column due tomorrow” day). Inspired by the NFL combine and Rich Eisen, I thought it would be fun to do some of the drills myself, and see …

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Postseason play crucial for future

Jack Hunter The Oregon women’s basketball team has a chance to make the NCAA tournament. The path is clear: Win the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament in two weeks and secure the conference’s automatic bid. Which is to say, the chance is very remote. Any road through the Pac-10 Tournament leads through …

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Give seniors due credit

After a disheartening loss to UCLA on Saturday, it took Taylor Lilley a bit longer than usual to get to the podium. When she finally hobbled into the media room, with one of her feet wrapped in ice, you could tell how disappointed she was. It was, indeed, a difficult …

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Canzano, I agree: Kelly has no control

You probably haven’t heard, but the Oregon Ducks football team has gotten itself into a little bit of trouble recently. A handful of incidents — domestic violence, multiple counts of assault, a single DUII, and heck, maybe even a possible theft — led to head coach Chip Kelly and Oregonian …

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It’s time for Lariviere to make a move

We of the Emerald sports desk have already stated our collective opinion on the recent rash of arrests and misbegotten acts of several members of the Oregon football team. We have called for quick action from Chip Kelly and reflection from the players involved in recent events. I would like …

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Sports make the Olympics

I love the Olympics. I’m just gonna throw that out there. Those of you who don’t like obscure sports and names like Oystein Slettemark (Denmark), need not read further. Every two years I get geeked out with trivia of nations that usually never pass my consciousness. Andorra? It’s a small …

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Ernie is not the problem

A quick disclaimer: About 90 percent of the people reading this column will vehemently disagree with me. That’s OK, I’ve made my peace with that. If you’re particularly upset with me, you can go online and post a comment (You can even write anonymously, if you lack anything resembling a …

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Bad behavior embarrasses all

Leslie Montgomery There’s a disturbing trend happening on the campus of the University. The last month has not been a good one for the Oregon football team. After coming back from Pasadena as heroes, some players have started to systematically decay our faith in the Ducks. There have been arrests. …

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One giant leap for OSU’s track program

Who had the most significant breakout performance at the Husky Classic? Oregon running back LaMichael James showed very well in the 60-meter dash, finishing third overall (first among collegians) in 6.77 seconds. Elijah Greer now holds the second-best indoor 800-meters time in school history, finishing in 1:47.33. Jordan Hasay made …

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Trying to capture that elusive feeling: being 11 years old

February. Fifty-degree weather. Rain. Why not start the baseball season in the middle of the winter? It is a funny thing that the NCAA decided to start the collegiate season so early. Snow is still on the ground in much of the Northeast and Midwest, and yet the Ducks are …

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Surprises abound in NBA

With the NBA season headed into its final stretch, I couldn’t be happier for the real games to start up again tonight. All-Star weekend was, to put it nicely, underwhelming. As in, by the end I was almost catatonic. Let’s see: HORSE dragged along before coming down to a sudden …

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A fun weekend lies ahead

This weekend marks an intriguing time in the NBA season, with players and coaches getting a few days to forget about their regularly scheduled obligations and put on a show for basketball fans to marvel over. I’m personally a bit more invested in this year’s All-Star weekend than I generally …

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