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July 31, 2006

Interesting Oregon news

Posted by Bob Condotta at 5:27 PM

Found a couple of intruiging stories with an Oregon base today.

First is a report from The Oregonian about how Oregon's plans to build an arena to replace Mac Court are indefinitely delayed, if not completely dead, in large part because of the departure of a key athletic department official who was spearheading the project.

I've always thought Oregon has such a huge home court advantage at Mac Court that being forced to stay there wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. I know it's still my favorite road arena in the Pac-10 to visit every year because of its intimate nature and raucous atmosphere.

But certainly, news that the project may be falling apart isn't good for a Duck program that is facing a pivotal season. If Oregon doesn't at least make the NIT, it's hard to see how Ernie Kent returns given all the unrest down there.

And here's a column from the Orange County Register that includes news of rumors that Kyle Singler, the highly touted forward from Medford who is considering Washington, may be more interested in signing with UCLA now that fellow Oregon native Kevin Love has committed to become a Bruin.

I'll repeat what I've said on here a few times -- everything I've heard is that while Singler is considering UW, the Huskies remain something of a longshot to get his services, with Duke still thought to be the favorite. Still, we all know things change quickly in recruiting and you have to be in the game before you can win it so Singler to UW remains a possibility until it isn't.