Apr, 27, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks players line up as they warm up before the spring game at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

LinkedUp: Oregon Ducks Frost Talks Team, Healy and Wiper Cash In, Arizona’s New Sheriff


There is quite a bit to get to in this week’s LinkedUp. Arizona Head Coach Rich Rodriguez is apparently working on his movie career, plus CoachingSearch.com has a look at Oregon’s Scott Frost in his new role as Offensive Coordinator, ESPN takes a look at what was lost last season as far as rushing goes and where it will come from this season for the Pac 12 North.

Well get started with an article I saw this morning about Oregon’s Scott Frost.

 

Duck Offense Will Burn off Morning Frost

In the article Chris Vannini says Frost told the story of Chip’s message of everyone buying into the program.

“The best part of our team right now is just the attitude of the team, the culture of the team. Our team gets and understands what we want to do so well that, after Chip left, I swear the team could have run itself. We have all those pieces in place, we have pieces moving in the right direction, but things have to go right for you during the season. You have to stay healthy, you have to win a couple close games to be where the top teams want to be. Only one team can get there. We’re going to fight and battle every game to do the best we can and see where we end up.”

You can read more of the conversation with Frost via CoachingSearch.com

RichRod Gets His Closeup, Along with All of His Cohorts….I Mean Coaches

If Arizona Coach Rich Rodriguez ever wanted to play a Sheriff in the Old West I would cast him for the part tomorrow. Of course, he would have to give up his position at Arizona to make the move to Hollywood. On second thought, maybe he should keep his day job.

Hard Edge: The Quest for a Rose (Video) – Arizona Athletics

 

Oregon Baseball Players Cash In:  Healy Signs with A’s, Wipe with Rangers

After having a phenomenal season for the Ducks, First Baseman Ryon Healy has signed a deal with the Oakland A’s after being chosen 100th in the MLB Draft earlier this month. The slot value gives him a signing bonus of around $500,000.

In a bigger surprise Freshman Cole Wiper, a 10th Round Draft Pick has signed a deal with the Texas Rangers for a $700,000 signing bonus. He was coming off Tommy John Surgery in 2011 and threw just over 12 innings for the Ducks this past season.

 

ESPN:  Pac 12 North Running Backs Plus or Minus for 2013

The folks at ESPN are far better at math than me and have broken down what Pac 12 North teams have lost, pretty much down to the yard for each team heading into 2013. Oregon led the league in rushing last year with 4098 yards on the ground. With the loss of Kenjon Barner the Ducks return 53 percent of their rushing offense this season – yes, Barner accounted for 47 percent of the work on the ground.

Here is a more in depth look at the Ducks and other teams in the Pac 12. I feel bad for Washington State.

 

 

Oregon Ducks This Week:

EA Sports NCAA Football 14 Demo Available Now, Features Oregon Ducks
 
Oregon Basketball Recruiting: Ducks Land Ex Iowa State Commit JUCO Forward Amardi
 
 
Phil Steele’s College Football Preview: Oregon Ducks At #5, USC #6, Stanford #11
 
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