January 21 Report

by Frank Baldwin January 25, 2016

Ducks athletic director Rob Mullens named to College Football Playoff selection committee

Our congratulations to Rob:


Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens has been named to the College Football Playoff selection committee, playoff officials announced on Thursday.

Mullens is one of four new members, joining former coaches Jeff Bower (Southern Mississippi), Herb Deromedi (Central Michigan) and Lloyd Carr (Michigan) on the committee.

Mullens is one of five sitting athletic directors on the 12-member committee and will serve a three-year term.

"It is truly an honor to serve on the College Football Playoff selection committee," Mullens said in a release. "I am looking forward to serving alongside the other distinguished members."

The four replace Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Osborne and Mike Tranghese, whose tenures expired after the 2015-16 season.

"We are delighted that Jeff, Lloyd, Herb and Rob are joining the committee," Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff, said in a statement. "Throughout the selection process, it was essential that the four new members have an in-depth knowledge and passion for college football. Each of these four fit that description perfectly. They will continue the high integrity of the committee."

Mullens is in his sixth-year at Oregon and was nominated for the seat by the Pac-12 Conference. The selection committee is responsible for selecting the top four teams in college football to play in the national semifinals. The committee also ranks the top 25 teams, which serves as a base plate for placing in the New Year's Six bowl games and others.

Oregon now has two connections on the committee, as returning member Tom Jernstedt is a Carlton native who played football at Oregon from 1963-67 under Len Casanova. 

Mullens will be excused from deliberations involving Oregon. [That's really too bad!]

"Rob has always been completely in tune with our program and is passionate about college football," UO football coach Mark Helfrich said. "He's knowledgeable, detail-oriented and will bring a level of energy and commitment necessary for this role."

Mullens came to Oregon in 2010 after arriving from Kentucky, where he served as deputy director of athletics. He received his bachelor's degree in business from West Virginia in 1991 before earning his master's in sports management in 1993. 

-- Tyson Alger


East-West Shrine Game 2016

What: College football all-star game, featuring East team vs. West team

When: 1 p.m. PST Saturday, Jan. 23

Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

TV channel: NFL Network  

Live stream: nfl.com/watch

Ducks and Beavers: The Oregon DucksVernon Adams Jr. and the Oregon State BeaversStorm Barrs-Woods come together this week as teammates on the West roster. Also on the West roster are three other Ducks players — DT Alex Balducci, LB Christian French and OT Tyler Johnstone — but French and Johnstone are listed as injured.



Luke Ridnour Tapped for Conference Honor



Courtesy GoDucks.com


SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 Conference will honor Duck great Luke Ridnour and 11 other former student-athletes with their induction into the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor. The induction will occur on Saturday, March 12, during a ceremony prior to the championship game at the 2016 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the championship game.

The individuals to be inducted along with Ridnour are: Salim Stoudamire (Arizona), Art Becker (Arizona State), Brian Hendrick (California), Scott Wedman (Colorado), Jim Anderson (Oregon State), Kim Belton (Stanford), Keith Erickson (UCLA), Sam Clancy (USC), Vern Gardner (Utah), Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Keith Morrison (Washington State).

Luke Ridnour, Oregon
One of the most gifted point guards in school history, Ridnour created an instant buzz on campus with his precision passing and remarkable dribbling skills. Oregon’s floor general started 96 consecutive games and directed it to the 2002 Pac-10 regular season title - the Ducks’ first outright crown since 1939.

The Blaine, Wash., native was truly outstanding in the 2002 NCAA Tournament where he helped lead Oregon to the Elite Eight. Earning 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors following his initial campaign in Eugene served as a warm-up for his final two seasons.

As a sophomore, the all-league selection used the 2002 NCAA tournament to showcase his skills. In one of the most underrated classics in school history, Ridnour scored 28 points on 7-of-11 shooting from three-point range as Oregon eclipsed a strong Wake Forest team in the second round.

The two-time Associated Press All-America honorable mention pick and 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year averaged 19.7 points and 6.6 assists per game his final year in leading Oregon to the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament crown and a second-straight NCAA appearance. He set the school record with 218 assists as a junior and scored 649 points that year to rank third in school history at the time. He also surpassed a conference pinnacle by making 62 consecutive free throws.

The 14th overall selection by the Seattle Supersonics in the 2003 NBA Draft still ranked 15th in career scoring (1,399 points), third in assists (500), third in three-point field goal percentage (.859), fifth in steals (150), and sixth in three-pointers (203) some 11 years after his final game as a Duck, and went on to have the longest NBA career of any Oregon alum.


Frank Baldwin
Frank Baldwin


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