Oregon State and Oregon are two programs trending in different directions. Oregon is looking to panic fire their coach after a Civil War meltdown, while Oregon State is trending in the opposite direction, breaking the Civil War incompetence with a depleted roster, in front of National Recruits, hoping to build upon their already impressive Top 25 recruiting class. Duck fans are really struggling with this on Twitter, resorting to the past. IMO people who harp on the past do so because they have a bleak present and/or future. Beaver fans are looking toward next year. Duck fans are talking about how they won 8 straight Civil Wars in the past and made it to National Championships in the past. It’s much like Nebraska fans who are stuck in the 90s. It’s over. It’s not coming back because Osborne and Kelly were both once in a lifetime coaches who installed the right systems at the right time. It’s rare. Oregon might make a panic fire/hire here that sets the program back years. At least Helfrich learned from one of the best, and he did win a Rose Bowl. I’m hearing they want the guy from Western Michigan. Really? A guy who’s biggest win ever is against Northwestern? Or the “Bahamas Bowl” (whatever that is) if you count post-season. Total panic move. It’s funny to watch.
Moving forward, the questions for me this off-season are how to replace the three offensive linemen, and who will be the quarterback (third year in a row we have this question). From the recruiting I’ve followed, GA is hitting the JC o-linemen hard and might land some top talent who can step in. Last night will help with that. Several were at the game. Regarding the Quarterback, I think McMaryion should get the first shot. Only if he loses the job via performance, or Luton is far superior, should he be supplanted. In other words, it should be because of merit, not because GA just doesn’t want him (for whatever reason). I really hope Luton is so good that he becomes the clear and unanimous starter. What happens with Garretson? That’s another question. Is he 3rd string? Does Moran move to safety? Let’s remember no other Power 5 team offered Moran a scholarship at QB (only safety), and that reports from practice are that he’s struggled, not even able to throw a spiral. McMaryion should transfer if he’s not the starter, in my opinion, because GA’s tendency is for his guys.
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