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Eastern at Oregon, the drama builds

I've followed Duck football since 1975, when I was a freshman in at University of Oregon. "Following" the Ducks is more time-consuming these days, what with the program's success and the fans' insatiable appetite for news. How good/bad is it? So far this week, I've been a guest on three Oregon radio stations, with two more interviews scheduled for today - so they must be desperate for news about the ever-dangerous Eagles. Are they worried? I don't know, but the Eagles are coming into Saturday's game with confidence, not fear, of Oregon's high-flying offense, the subject of my story today. I also solicited the opinion of Andrew Greif, who  covers the Ducks for the Oregonian. He graciously answered five of my most pressing questions about the Ducks. (By the way, I'll be chatting at noon today to answer you questions about the Ducks, the Eagles and anything else you care to discuss. ... Today we published our annual football section, and I wrote two stories on the Eagles, including this feature on longtime offensive line coach Aaron Best and another on the keys to success for the Eagles this season. ... There's more coverage from the Oregonian, including a feature on how Vernon Adams is viewing Saturday's reunion with his former teammates; plus, a look at the Ducks' other big-name transfer, former Notre Dame center Matt Hegarty.

Jim Allen
Jim Allen joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently covers K-12 education and women's basketball.

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