Oregon Ducks news: RB coach Carlos Locklyn to Ohio State, Dana Altman loses 4-star commit, more

Catch up on all things Oregon sports from football's running backs coach heading to the Buckeyes, men's basketball losing a four-star commit, and more.
Oregon running backs coach Carlos Locklyn calls to players Thursday, April 14, 2022, during practice.
Oregon running backs coach Carlos Locklyn calls to players Thursday, April 14, 2022, during practice. / Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA

An integral piece of the Ducks’ offense the past few seasons has been its running backs. Bucky Irving was not just a star on the field for Oregon in 2023, he was also an Academic All-American.

Carlos Locklyn, Oregon’s running backs coach, is reportedly taking his coaching talents to Ohio State’s program.

Locklyn signed a $400,000 contract extension with the Ducks just a month ago, extending his job through the beginning of 2026. His expected buyout is around $367,000.

Ohio State’s head coach Ryan Day added former UCLA Bruins’ head coach Chip Kelly as his offensive coordinator earlier this offseason.

Oregon will host the Buckeyes on October 12. The teams last played on Sept. 11, 2021, when the Ducks flew home from Columbus with a 35-28 victory.

On Friday, March 29, four-star recruit Vyctorius Miller announced that he had been released from his letter of intent to Oregon and would be reopening his recruitment.

Initially reported by On3, Miller, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, signed his letter of intent on November 11, 2023.

Miller is currently No. 53 on the On3 Industry Rankings in the 2024 cycle. When he originally committed to Oregon, he had chosen the Ducks over other collegiate programs like Gonzaga, LSU, and USC as well as G-League team Ignite.

Miller holds 22 offers from Division I programs including the schools listed above as well as Arizona, Kansas, Auburn, and more.

If Oregon men’s basketball head coach Dana Altman cannot resecure Miller’s commitment, he will once again be in search of a new starting shooting guard.

Miller was initially expected to fill Jermaine Couisnard’s shoes for the Ducks. Couisnard led the team in scoring throughout Oregon’s two-game NCAA Tournament run.

PFF College posted a quote from draft analyst Trevor Sikkema about Troy Franklin and a fresh buzz has been created around Oregon’s elite wideout.

“Franklin might get lost in the shuffle of a loaded wide receiver class, but he shouldn’t,” Sikkema said.

Franklin was Oregon’s WR1 throughout the 2023-24 season and finished the year with 81 receptions, 1,383 yards, and 14 touchdowns.

Franklin had great showings at both the NFL Combine and the Oregon Pro Day, further boosting his draft stock after not partaking in Reese’s Senior Bowl.

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The Oregon baseball time is now on a four-game winning streak after sweeping Seattle University at home. The Ducks outscored the Hawks 38-15 in the four-game series in Eugene.

So far this season, Jeffrey Heard leads Oregon in batting with 34 hits, 19 RBIs, and 3 home runs.

Oregon tied its season high in doubles with 5 for the team on Saturday.

On the other side of campus and the other end of the success spectrum, the softball team is on a two-game losing streak.

The Ducks struggled to close out its series against the UCLA Bruins and dropped two games in a row before the final matchup in the series was canceled.

Oregon will return home to host the Washington Huskies in a three-game series in Eugene on April 5-7.

The women’s lacrosse team is having a historic start to its season as it currently rests at 7-3 overall and just demolished UC Davis 17-7 at home.

Morgan McCarthy and Haley Cummins had 3 goals each to easily push the Ducks past the Mustangs. Oregon will face the USC Trojans at home on Saturday, April 6.

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The USC Trojan women are the only Pac-12 team still alive in the NCAA Tournament. After Arizona lost to Clemson in the men's tournament, it was down to Oregon State and the Trojans in the women's Elite Eight.

Devastatingly, the Beavers lost to the South Carolina Gamecocks after keeping the game shockingly close. Former Oregon Duck Te-Hina Paopao joked that she thought she was done with the Beavs when she left Oregon's program.

After Oregon State's loss to Dawn Staley's squad, USC was able to rally its troops to take down the Baylor Bears 74-70 to punch its ticket to the Final Four.

This is the Trojans' first appearance in the Final Four since 1994 when the team was led by the legendary Cheryl Miller.

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