The news became official Wednesday morning: Willie Taggart has been hired as the 33rd head coach in the history of the Oregon football program. The Oregonian's Andrew Greif and Tyson Alger share their thoughts on the hiring and also bring on Jeff Odom of the Tampa Bay Times, who has covered Taggart throughout his tenure at South Florida.
After four seasons, Mark Helfrich is out as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks. Tyson Alger and Andrew Greif take listener questions about the move, diving into who might be the next head coach and what exactly happened over the last several months in Eugene.
It's Civil War week here at The Official Visit. And while we had originally intended to have a few players lined up for the podcast, that fell through. But, we're improvisers. So this week, Tyson Alger and Andrew Greif take a look at how the landscape has shifted following Oregon's upset win over Utah and what a Civil War victory might do for this team.
There's no Pac-12 title on the line, but there's plenty at stake this week when the Ducks meet the Cardinal in Eugene. Andrew Greif and Tyson Alger dive in to what this game means for Oregon and head coach Mark Helfrich.
The first time Charles Nelson stopped by The Official Visit he was a wide-eyed freshman on the cusp of stardom. Two years later, he's an elder statesman on the Oregon Ducks who is looking closely at a future after football. This week we talked to Nelson about those two things, along with some confidence issues he may have had earlier in the season and how he's fixed them.
Oregon has lost four games in a row. What's is mean for the program's national image? This week we bring in Sports Illustrated's Lindsay Schnell, who covers college football nationally, for her perspective on Oregon's decline. And that's not all. With college basketball starting soon, the Salt Lake Tribune's Kyle Goon stops by to give his thoughts on the upcoming Pac-12 season.
The news around Eugene is about true freshman quarterback Justin Herbert and the fact that he may start this week against Washington. Our Andrew Nemec joins the podcast to talk about Herbert and what he saw in him when he covered him at Sheldon High School in Eugene.
Jacob Thorpe has an interesting job. Not only does he have his finger on the pulse of all the things on the Palouse, but he gets to be there for every random thing Cougars' coach Mike Leach says. We talk to Thorpe this week about the Cougs, Leach and what the view from around the Pac-12 is of Oregon these days.
Brady Aiello wasn't supposed to start on this year's offensive line, but after Tyrell Crosby was lost for the season last week, the Bay Area native is now the fourth redshirt freshman starting on the line. Aiello stopped by The Official Visit this week to talk about that challenge, this week's game against Colorado and what it was like being a late-blooming football recruit.
Devon Allen has already missed his fair share of practices, that just comes with the territory of being the best hurdler in the United States and a member of the U.S. Olympic team. But just as Allen is getting back into the football groove -- he caught his first touchdown in two years last week -- the junior is set to miss a couple more practices in the coming weeks.