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UCLA flips 5-star QB recruit from Oregon

Chip Kelly at a press conference

Jul 24, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins coach Chip Kelly during Pac-12 football media day at Hollywood & Highland. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA will need a new starting quarterback next season with Dorian Thompson-Robinson exhausting his eligibility, and they have added another great option to the mix.

Dante Moore, a 5-star quarterback and the No. 3 player in the country at his position, told ESPN’s Pete Thamel on Monday that he has flipped his commitment from Oregon to UCLA. Moore visited UCLA earlier this month and said he felt joining the Bruins was “the right move” for his development.

Moore indicated that the biggest factor in his decision to decommit from Oregon was former Ducks offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham taking the head coaching job at Arizona State. Moore committed to Oregon in July and said he had built a relationship with Dillingham over the past three years.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Moore led Martin Luther King High School in Detroit to a state title this season. He threw for 135 total touchdowns as a four-year starter in his high school career.

Moore also said that UCLA’s move to the Big Ten beginning in 2024 was a factor in his decision.

Moore is the highest-rated recruit that Chip Kelly has landed since he was hired as head coach at UCLA in 2018. The Bruins also picked up Kent State transfer quarterback Collin Schlee over the weekend. Between Schlee, Moore, former recruit Justyn Martin and former transfer Ethan Garbers, UCLA’s quarterback room is getting pretty full.

Oregon booster probably regrets his midgame luxury suite purchase

Dan Lanning in a headset

Oct 8, 2022; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Oregon Ducks head coach Dan Lanning against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

If you want to know how improbable Oregon State’s comeback win over Oregon was on Saturday, look no further than the massive purchase one Ducks booster made in the middle of the game.

Oregon needed a win over their in-state rival to secure a spot in the Pac-12 National Championship Game. Most people thought they had all but accomplished that goal when they went up 31-10 with 4:46 remaining in the third quarter. One Oregon donor told John Canzano that he was so certain the Ducks had the game wrapped up that he made a phone call to secure a luxury box suite at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, which is where the Pac-12 Championship Game will be played on Friday.

The booster, who said the luxury suite was the “last box that wasn’t in the corners of the stadium,” paid $11,000 plus the cost of catering. He then watched Oregon blow a three-touchdown lead and lose 38-34.

We are guessing the booster has enough money to cover the $11,000, and the box can probably be re-sold. Still, he will probably never make a purchase like that again before the final whistle blows.

With Oregon’s loss, Utah will now face USC in the Pac-12 National Championship Game. One bettor is so certain about the outcome that he has placed the largest single wager of the 2022 football season on it.

H/T Barstool

Video shows Bo Nix begging to get into game on controversial 4th-down play

Bo Nix with Dan Lanning

Oregon lost a heartbreaker to Washington 37-34 on Saturday night in Eugene, and a controversial fourth-down call was on everyone’s mind afterwards.

The Ducks and Huskies were tied at 34 after Washington tied the game with a touchdown with 3:07 left. On Oregon’s prior possession, the Ducks kicked a field goal to take the lead, but Bo Nix had gotten hurt on a third down run.

Oregon had backup quarterback Ty Thompson in the game, and they ran it three times in a row.

That brough up a 4th-and-1 from their 34 with around 1:30 left. FOX showed Nix begging to go back into the game, but Oregon coach Dan Lanning stuck with Thompson.

Oregon ran the ball but Noah Whittington slipped and went down in the backfield. That gave Washington a short field and allowed the Huskies to kick a tie-breaking field goal.

After the loss, Lanning explained his decision to go for it.

The decision and the loss cost Oregon a chance at a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Everyone said the same thing about the Oregon-Washington game

Oregon and Washington lined up opposite

Oregon and Washington squared off on Saturday night in Eugene for a big Pac-12 matchup. The game had fans and observers saying the same thing: what a great uniform matchup.

Oregon was wearing all yellow uniforms, while Washington was in all purple, save for their gold helmets.

The uniform matchup was just like the “Color Rush” matchups we see on “Thursday Night Football.” Many fans loved it and commented on it.

Oregon often draws attention for their bold uniform choices. But when they were paired with the all-purple look for the Huskies, the result was pleasing.

Oregon coach has great response to question about Auburn rumor

Dan Lanning in a headset

Oct 8, 2022; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Oregon Ducks head coach Dan Lanning against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon coach Dan Lanning had a great response to a question about a rumor tying him to the Auburn job.

Lanning is in his first year as Oregon’s head football coach after previously serving as Georgia’s head coach. Lanning’s Ducks lost their opener to Georgia badly, but they have won eight in a row since and are 8-1.

Auburn is looking for a new head coach after firing Bryan Harsin, and apparently a site said there was mutual interest between Lanning and Auburn. During his meeting with the media on Monday, Lanning was asked about the report and gave a firm reply.

“I think there’s a little bit of a problem in society today with people looking for what’s next and where there’s an opportunity. And the reality is, the grass is not always greener. In fact, the grass is damn green in Eugene. And I want to be here in Eugene for as long as Eugene will have me,” Lanning said.

“The reality is this is a destination, not just for me, but for elite players. And why is it a destination? Because great administration, great fans, great support.”

Oregon had Willie Taggart leave in 2017 after one season for the Florida State job. Mario Cristobal left in his fourth season to take the Miami job. Given Oregon’s inability to make coaches feel like the grass wasn’t greener elsewhere, Ducks fans will probably love Lanning’s mentality.

Recruit left Oregon game over anti-Mormon chants

Oregon fans chanting

A group of Oregon students made the school look bad on Saturday with an inappropriate chant, and they also drove at least one prospective Ducks player out of the stadium.

T.C. Manumaleuna, a class of 2024 quarterback recruit from North Salem, Ore., attended Oregon’s game against BYU with his family. He told Andrew Nemec of SBLive.com on Monday that he and his family left at halftime after they were bothered by the “f— the Mormons” chants from the Oregon student section. Manumaleuna and his family are members of the Mormon church.

“We were up where all of the students were sitting. We were right next to the student section,” Manumaleuna told Nemec. “At first they weren’t (saying) harmful chants, but they got to ‘Eff the Mormons.’ At that time, just hearing that … it was kind of weird for me. It kind of hurt. My dad said let’s just go right after. After hearing those chants we decided to leave.”

Manumaleuna, who was offered a scholarship to Oregon before he was even a freshman in high school, said the experience will not impact his feelings toward the Ducks program. He said he has a close relationship with the coaching staff and that Oregon is his favorite team and the reason he began playing football.

That said, BYU is also on Manumaleuna’s list. He called the Cougars “one of my biggest recruits” and said he is planning to attend a game there this season as well.

The official Twitter account for Oregon’s student section apologized for the profane chants. The university also issued a statement condemning the behavior.

Manumaleuna is also considering Cal, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State and Washington State.

Oregon students apologize for classless ‘Mormons’ chant at BYU fans

Oregon fans chanting

Oregon’s official student section apologized via Twitter for a classless chant delivered by some fans towards BYU supporters during Saturday’s game between the teams.

The Ducks throttled BYU 41-20 on Saturday at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., making both programs 2-1.

A fan captured a few videos from the game of Oregon fans chanting “f— the Mormons.” Beware that the video contains a curse word.

The official Twitter account for the Oregon Pit Crew, which is the Oregon student section, tweeted an apology after being made aware of the video.

“To all @BYUfootball fans in attendance at todays (sic) game we would like to apologize for the actions of the students in attendance. We do not condone or support any hateful speech directed towards one’s religion and are ashamed of those who participated,” they wrote.

BYU is sponsored by the Mormon Church. Many of its fans, students and coaches are Mormon.

The Cougars’ loss to Oregon comes a week after their big win over Baylor. This was also a big win for the Ducks, who got obliterated by Georgia in their opener.

Report: Phil Knight working to get Oregon into new conference

Phil Knight in an Oregon hat

Nov 23, 2019; Tempe, AZ, USA; Nike shoes co-founder and chairman Phil Knight on the sidelines of the Oregon Ducks game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Pac-12 appears to be on the verge of a collapse, and one of the most powerful boosters in the country does not want his school to wait around for that to happen.

With the recent news that UCLA and USC are leaving the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten as early as 2024, billionaire Phil Knight has been searching for a new home for Oregon, his alma mater. According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, Knight is so desperate to find a new conference for the Ducks that he has been “reduced to cold-calling telemarketer.”

Knight has reportedly been “working the phones” to see if there is an opportunity for Oregon to join either the SEC or Big Ten. The Big 12 is said to have interest in adding Oregon, but Knight would obviously prefer for the Ducks to join a conference that will be adding major programs. The Big 12 is set to lose Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC in 2025.

Oregon and Washington are viewed as the two best programs that are now searching for new homes. However, Dodd was told by sources that neither school would be viewed as a massive score in terms of marketability. That is likely where Knight, the co-founder of Nike, and his $40 billion-deep pockets come into play.

H/T Outkick

Oregon to hire Georgia DC Dan Lanning as new head coach

Dan Lanning screams

The Oregon Ducks’ search for a new head coach did not last long, and it ends with a surprising pick.

The Ducks are hiring Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning as their new head coach, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chip Towers reported on Friday.

The only complication is the sides are deciding whether Lanning will remain with Georgia through the College Football Playoff. Sometimes coaches/coordinators will remain with their current program if they are competing in the CFP.

Lanning, 35, has had a meteoric rise in the coaching ranks. He played linebacker at William Jewell College from 2004-2007. Then he worked at schools like Pitt, Arizona State and Sam Houston State, mostly as either a graduate assistant or recruiting coordinator. His big break came when he joined Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama in 2015 as a graduate assistant. In 2018, he joined Kirby Smart’s Georgia staff as an outside linebackers coach. Lanning was promoted to defensive coordinator at Georgia in 2019 and has been leading their top defense ever since.

Oregon has had plenty of recent success and is a very good landing spot for Lanning. They won double-digit games from 2008-2014 and fared very well under Mario Cristobal, who left for Miami.

The Ducks have strong recruiting classes lined up thanks to Cristobal’s efforts and should be able to keep it rolling under Lanning.

Photo: Joshua L. Jones / USA TODAY NETWORK

Report: Surprising SEC coach in mix for Oregon job

Bryan Harsin with a headset on

The Oregon Ducks are now looking for a new head coach after Mario Cristobal left for Miami. We have written about one reported candidate for the job. Another surprising candidate is also said to be in the mix.

Football Scoop reported on Thursday that Auburn first-year head coach Bryan Harsin is among the candidates Oregon is currently considering.

Harsin, 45, is from Boise and played at Boise State. He went 69-19 as the head coach at Boise State from 2014-2020 before leaving for Auburn. Harsin’s Tigers are 6-6 and went 3-5 in conference this season, which is well below what Auburn wants.

Football Scoop says Harsin’s first year at Auburn “hasn’t felt great.” The coach’s contract situation and short tenure with the Tigers could make an exit to Oregon difficult.

His candidacy for the job is a surprise considering he’s only been on the job at Auburn for one season, and because he only went 6-6 this season.

Football Scoop also confirmed a previous report we shared saying Kalani Sitake was in the mix for the job.

Photo: Oct 16, 2021; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Bryan Harsin during the fourth quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Auburn won 38-23. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports