Jan 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of Oregon Ducks helmets during the 2013 Fiesta Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
First off, in case you missed it, Wednesday there was some news regarding the Recruiting violations committed by Oregon. A Sports Illustrated report said the Ducks met last week with the NCAA Infractions Committee with former coach Chip Kelly in attendance. Word of any potential sacntions will come within the next 60 to 90 days.
Oregon’s athletic department released a statement after the SI report.
“Regardless of when or where the hearing occurs, review is ongoing until the NCAA Committee in Infractions issues its final report,” it said. “The integrity of the process and our continued full cooperation with the NCAA prohibits us from publicly discussing the specifics of this matter.”
Of course, as a friendly reminder, there is no comment on the ongoing investigation, but here’s a glance at what we will see on Saturday at Autzen Stadium for the Spring Game
Oregon Head Football Coach Mark Helfrich met with the media on Wednesday afternoon and talked about the Spring Game, who may(or may not) be participating and the scoring system they will use. With injuries there will not be two teams facing off. Coach Helfrich with more on the game format:
"(We’re) Going to go offense vs defense in as much as possible real situations. As much situation correct as possible."
Will he(Helfrich) be ‘coaching?’
"I will be (an) observer, I’m not gonna coach, just make sure everyone knows what’s going on."
This is Hefrich’s first Spring Game as Oregon’s Head Coach. How does he feel, any jitters?
"Not any jitters, we want to get our work in, I don’t care who wins or won in the past. I want to compete and stay healthy."
Who will(and won’t) play on Saturday? Helfrich says we will know at gametime.
"You will see on Saturday, Some guys could go(who are injured)."
Is Helfrich able to know anymore about who the backup quarterback will be in 2013 after Spring Practice?
"There’s no way we decide that this Spring, There is no separation between them."
Finally, the scoring system for the Scrimmage on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
"Offense, going to have to score, (6 points), Defense (3 points for turnover) or 4th down stop, almost 1 point for every other stop."
The full Mark Helfrich interview from Wednesday(audio)
Oregon’s Spring Game is Saturday at 11am at Autzen Stadium. Admission is free, but your asked to bring three canned goods for local food bank, Food For Lane County. Last year they brought in over 70,000 pounds of food and hope to top that number this year. The Game(Scrimmage) will also be broadcast on the Pac 12 Network.
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