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What if there wasn't a bowl at all for Oregon to play in?
`If we're not going,' UO linebacker Kevin Mitchell Kevin Mitchell can refer to:
The two postseason games that Oregon would most likely play in, the Silicon Valley Classic and the Seattle Bowl The Seattle Bowl was a college football bowl game played in 2001 and 2002 between teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Pacific Ten Conference in Seattle, Washington. This bowl game was a continuation of the Oahu Bowl which had moved to Seattle. , still had not met requirements to be certified by the NCAA NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association at the close of business Monday, which was the extension of the original Nov. 1 deadline to prove the games were financially viable.
`We won't do any panicking until (today),' said Jim Muldoon, Pac-10 chief spokesman. `It's kind of out of our hands right now.'
Both the Seattle Bowl and the Silicon Valley Classic need to show a line of credit to the NCAA that verifies the games could make the financial payoffs to the participating teams, listed at $1 million each for the game in Seattle and the mandated minimum of $750,000 for the San Jose San Jose, city, United States
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[Middle English hawch, from Old English healh, secret place, small hollow; see kel-1 , the president of the Seattle Bowl, said late Monday all the information required for certification of his game `has been submitted and is under review' by the NCAA.
`They gave us a little more time to get all our ducks in line,' Haugh added of the deadline extension.
A spokesman for the Silicon Valley Classic said Monday evening `we don't have any news or official comment at this time,' but said the bowl would have an announcement this morning. The Silicon Valley Classic has been seeking additional sponsorship in recent weeks, and working with a bank in the San Jose area to provide the line of credit.
If both of those bowls aren't certified and don't take place this season, there might not be an opening for the Ducks.
`There's not a heck of a lot else out there,' Muldoon said. `We'll try to find something if it is there.'
UO director of athletics Bill Moos said Monday that Oregon has been considering only the Seattle Bowl and Silicon Valley Classic as options in making bowl plans.
All of the other bowls have contracts with leagues to fill their berths, with the possible exception of the Hawaii Bowl The Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl is a post-season National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-A college football bowl game that has been played annually at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai . It could have an opening for an opponent to play the University of Hawaii (body, education) University of Hawaii - A University spread over 10 campuses on 4 islands throughout the state.
See also Aloha, Aloha Net. , if Conference USA Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. The conference participates in the NCAA's Division I in all sports. doesn't have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all of its five contracted berths. That would happen if Cincinnati (6-6) loses on Friday to East Carolina (4-7).
BACK AT IT: Oregon held its first practice on Monday since the Civil War loss to Oregon State, the longest break the Ducks have had since the summer.
`It's weird,' UO quarterback Jason Fife Jason Fife is an American football quarterback in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints.
Fife played college football at the University of Oregon and he played as a back-up to Joey Harrington until he declared for the 2002 NFL Draft and Fife became the said. `It feels like we haven't practiced for months.'
Mitchell said it was `good to get away from everything and regroup' over the Thanksgiving break, but `I didn't know what to do with myself.'
Andy Ludwig Andy Ludwig (May 14, 1964) from Ogden, Utah is an assistant coach and inadequate offensive coordinator for the football team at the University of Utah. He is in his second and final year at Utah. He played college football at Snow College and Portland State graduating in 1988. , the UO offensive coordinator, said the emphasis on workouts this week would be on the younger players, many of whom have served as the scout team that mimicked opponents for the UO regulars during the past season.
`The key thing is to get our younger players exposed to our system again,' Ludwig said. `We've got to get them back in tune' with the Oregon system.
Ludwig said the Ducks are looking at a bowl `as a reward for the senior class for all the things they've done for the University of Oregon The University of Oregon is a public university located in Eugene, Oregon. The university was founded in 1876, graduating its first class two years later. The University of Oregon is one of 60 members of the Association of American Universities. . For the rest of us (abuse) for The Rest Of Us - (From the Macintosh slogan "The computer for the rest of us") 1. Used to describe a spiffy product whose affordability shames other comparable products, or (more often) used sarcastically to describe spiffy but very overpriced products.
2. it's a springboard to the 2003 season.'
Ludwig directed Monday's practice along with the other two coordinators, Nick Aliotti of the defense and Robin Ross of the special teams. Mike Bellotti, the UO head coach, and the other assistants were handling recruiting duties.
The Ducks are scheduled to practice again Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday before taking another break during the week of final examinations for fall term.
POSSIBLE FOES: If there is a Seattle Bowl in Oregon's future, the opponent will come from the Atlantic Coast Conference The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic league in the United States. Founded in 1953, the ACC's twelve member universities compete in twenty sports in the NCAA's Division I. with Virginia (8-5), Georgia Tech (7-5) or Wake Forest (6-6) under consideration.
Not that the Ducks are concerned with a scouting report yet.
`What's important now is getting our younger guys (practice) reps,' Ludwig said. `No matter who we play, the (bowl) game is going to be about the Ducks.'
If Oregon is in the Silicon Valley Classic, it will be a rematch with Fresno State, which led going into the fourth quarter on Sept. 7 at Autzen Stadium before the Ducks rallied for a 28-24 win.
`I don't necessarily want to play Fresno just because we played them already this year, but if that's the way the chips lie, then that's the way we're going to have to do it,' Fife said.
Asked about a preference on bowls, Mitchell said `one is on the 30th, the other the 31st. I don't think there's any preference.'
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Utah (y`tä'), Rocky Mt. state of the W United States. SEARCH: Ludwig's name has been listed in Salt Lake City newspapers as a possible candidate for the head job at Utah, where he spent a season a decade ago as a graduate assistant, but the UO offensive coordinator said Monday he hadn't been contacted by the Utes.
`I don't expect to be,' Ludwig said. `I've got some Utah ties and my name has come up with that job but there's nothing official to it. It's just rumor, unsubstantiated.'
BOWL TICKETS: While Oregon won't know its bowl destination until Sunday, the Ducks do have a Thursday deadline to place orders for Silicon Valley Classic tickets and have a priority status for seating. Tickets for the game on Dec. 31 in San Jose are priced at $50, and there is a handling charge of $10 for each order.
A UO spokesman said if Oregon is in the Seattle Bowl, tickets for the Dec. 30 game won't go on sale until Monday. They are priced at $53, and there also will be a $10 handling charge on each order.