March 16, 2010 |
Ernie Kent, the winningest coach in Oregon history, was dismissed Tuesday after 13 seasons with his alma mater. "You may find a better basketball coach, but I don't think you'll find anybody that has the passion and love that I have for this university," said Kent, who had to pause for several moments to fight back his emotions. Oregon went 16-16 overall and 7-11 in the Pac-10 this past season, finishing with a 90-74 quarterfinal loss to California in the conference tournament.
January 31, 2010 |
The coach couldn't believe it. He looked at a reporter and said, "Can you believe it? Can you believe it ?" Then USC's Kevin O'Neill left the bowels of McArthur Court, still shocked -- not that the Trojans lost to Oregon, 67-57, Saturday, but that they lost their chances of winning when a student manager was called for a technical foul late in a tight game. The call came with 4 minutes 35 seconds left and Oregon leading, 49-47. Stan Holt, a third-year manager, was deemed responsible.
January 30, 2010
USC today AT OREGON When: 3 p.m. Where: McArthur Court, Eugene. On the air: Radio: 710. Records: USC 12-8 overall, 4-4 in Pacific 10 Conference; Oregon 11-9, 3-5. Update: USC has won its last four games at McArthur Court and has won six of its last seven games against the Ducks. USC is coming off a 51-45 loss at Oregon State on Thursday in which the Trojans committed 19 turnovers; Oregon won in overtime that night against UCLA.
January 30, 2010 |
USC's nonconference schedule next season is shaping into something tough. There are agreements to play at Kansas, Tennessee and Nebraska; Texas would come to the Galen Center. There is also a tentative deal for USC to host Marquette in the first of a two-game series. "We're trying to play a heavyweight schedule," USC Coach Kevin O'Neill said. "We want to be able to recruit high-level recruits to play in a high-level league and play a high-level nonconference schedule."
January 29, 2010
USC up next AT OREGON 3 p.m., Saturday, McArthur Court USC has won its last four in Eugene against the Ducks, but this will be the Trojans' last trip to McArthur Court -- also known as "The Pit" -- because the Ducks will open Matthew Knight Arena next season. The Ducks are led by guards Tajuan Porter and Malcolm Armstead, who are each double-digit scorers. -- Baxter Holmes
February 21, 2009 |
The Galen Center has often been the failin' center for opposing teams. The reason why is a head scratcher. The three-year-old arena isn't smack-dab in nowheres-ville (ever been to Pullman, Wash.?). Fans are occasionally loud, but are hardly vicious (ask former UCLA forward Kevin Love about Oregon). It lacks the oppressive mystique (having a banner season is defined differently at UCLA).