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Eugene makes its pitch as a decision nears for the 2019 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Published Jan 01, 0001

Sebastian Coe heads a IAAF Evaluation Commission that spend Sunday and Monday in Eugene.

EUGENE – The Eugene bid for the 2019 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships kicked into overdrive this week as local organizers made a two-day presentation to the visiting IAAF Evaluation Committee chaired by Olympic great Sebastian Coe.

The commission visit is a key step in the bid process.

Three cities – Barcelona, Doha and Eugene – are bidding for the 2019 World Championships.

The commission previously visited Barcelona, and heads next to Doha, the capital city of Qatar.

The three local organizing committees have seven days to address in writing any concerns raised during the commission visits.

The 10-member commission then will report to the governing IAAF Council on its findings.

Final presentations will be made and a decision is expected at an IAAF Council meeting on Nov. 18 in Monaco.

The World Outdoor Championships take place every other year. They never have been held in the U.S., a point Coe said Monday in a news conference at Matthew Knight Arena, had been driven home emphatically during the commission's 48 hours in Eugene.

"Clearly it would be a big moment for a city to stage a games that has never held them before in a country that has never held them before," Coe said. "If I may say so that was probably the refrain for the previous two days. That probably was the underlying theme."

Eugene would not seem to fit the profile of Barcelona or Doha, or other cities who staged the World Championships recently.

Included are Helsinki, Finland; Osaka, Japan; Berlin; Daegu, South Korea, and Moscow.

The World Championships are scheduled for Beijing in 2015 and London in 2017.

Eugene's has sought to turn what could be a disadvantage into an advantage by promising a smaller, more intimate experience for athletes, with a full stadium, enthusiastic fans and unwavering local support.

Gov. John Kitzhaber met with the commission over dinner on Sunday night. Earlier on Sunday, commission members were greeted coming out of a meeting at the University of Oregon's Ford Alumni Center by people wearing TrackTown t-shirts and chanting: "We want Worlds!"

Still, Hayward Field, which has a listed seating capacity of 10,500 in its current configuration, would need a substantial upgrade to meet the IAAF minimum of 30,000 seats.

Virgil Wells of Boring sells trees and turns them into bowls, back scratchers on other itemsSebastian Coe 

Hotel space in the Eugene/Springfield area is limited, especially when compared with Barcelona and Doha.

Coe, who chaired the organizing committee for the 2012 Summer Olympics, is well versed on infrastructure issues.

"You have some quite clear, specific operational needs," Coe said. "Some of them are very clear in the functional areas, and we interrogated them in private. ...

"The primary client group that you are delivering anything for, of course, are the athletes. If you get it right for the athletes, you get it right. ... You can't give athletes sub-standard accommodation. You can't give them training venues that are not integrated to the competition venues. You can't give them transportation that unravels."

The Eugene bid is headed by Vin Lananna, the former UO track coach and president of the TrackTown USA local organizing committee, and has substantial assistance from USA Track & Field.

Eugene successfully staged the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for track & field, and the 2014 World Junior Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field under Lananna's direction. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials for track & field also will take place in Eugene.

TrackTown USA managed the successful bid for the 2016 World Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held in the Portland Convention Center.

Coe said bids for the three cities bidding for 2019 would be evaluated by criteria that include:

-- Community support.

-- Infrastructure.

-- How successfully the championships are integrated into the life of the host community while they are taking place.

-- That the meet's presentation be geared to attracting young fans to help the sport grow.

"We are looking for innovation," Coe said. "We don't want to deliver the 2013 World Athletics Championships in 2019. It is very important that the heart of any bid is the recognition that world changes rapidly and young people are in a very different landscape than they were 10, 15, 20 years ago."

Lananna wouldn't offer specifics about Eugene's bid.

But he promised innovation.

"We believe people want to see things happen quickly," Lananna said. "They want to see them happen in an exciting way with the in-stadium production as well as what is on television. We believe we'll be able to do some really great things."

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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Goe: As bad as the Beavers looked, it would be unrealistic and ill-advised to sack Mike Riley

Published Jan 01, 0001

Riley is less than two seasons removed from a 9-3 regular season.

STANFORD, California — The picture isn't pretty no matter what size lens you use.

Oregon State didn't just lose on Saturday at Stanford Stadium.

The Beavers were blown out. Stanford won 38-14, sacked OSU quarterback Sean Mannion six times and led by 31 points before reserve running back Damien Haskins punched in OSU's final score in mop-up time.

OSU wasn't competitive.

The big picture isn't any more flattering.

The Beavers are 1-8 in their last nine Pac-12 games.

The lone Pac-12 victory was the skin-of-their-teeth 36-31 affair earlier this month at Colorado, the game in which an enraged CU coach Mike MacIntyre chased the officiating crew off the field.

When the only Pac-12 opponent you beat is Colorado, you might not be the worst team in the conference, but you can see the basement.

None of this is disputable. The question is, what to do about it.

One answer would be to change coaches. Clean house. Start over.

It's not realistic. OSU coach Mike Riley is under contract through the 2021, the year in which Beavers linebacker Michael Doctor turns 31.

Oregon State Beavers vs. Stanford CardinalOSU coach Mike Riley says it's on him to get things turned around. 

It's not always the best answer, either.

Since 2006, Riley has helmed the Beavers to four of their best five seasons since the Dee Andros teams of the mid-1960s.

OK, he doesn't have a major bowl game on the resume. OSU fans chafe while watching rival Oregon play on the national stage and forget the Ducks didn't get there overnight.

Before Mark Helfrich, before Chip Kelly and before Mike Bellotti, Rich Brooks coached Oregon for 18 seasons, and had a career losing record. In the three years before his breakthrough 1994 Pac-12 championship team, Brooks guided the Ducks to records of 3-8, 5-6 and 5-6.

Had the UO administration listened to the fire-breathers in the fan base, Oregon might be more like Arizona.

Arizona fired Dick Tomey — along with his 95-64 record as Wildcats coach after a disappointing 5-6 season in 2000 — for never delivering a Rose Bowl team.

The Wildcats then went into the John Mackovic/Mike Stoops tailspin. Guess what? They still have never played in the Rose Bowl.

Arizona's fortunes finally are looking up with coach Rich Rodriguez, who is in Tucson because Michigan lost patience with him and hired ... Brady Hoke.

Examples of ill-considered coaching changes are everywhere.

Every new coach means a new philosophy and a transition.

The program retools while the administration and fans cross their fingers and hope the hot assistant who just took over doesn't turn out to be like Joe Avezzano or Karl Dorrell, or the guy with the proven record as a head coach doesn't unravel like Dan Hawkins or Mike Leach.

Riley is less than two full seasons removed from a 9-3 regular season that landed the Beavers in the Alamo Bowl, which makes it a little soon to reach for the tar and feathers.

This isn't to suggest Riley shouldn't be expected to win.

He conceded the current urgency when asked directly whether he was concerned about the direction of the program.

"Sure," he said. "We've got to turn this thing around."

There are obvious problems. Mannion has been sacked 23 times in seven games and the receivers are young, which has made Riley's trademark vertical passing game problematic.

But this is a conference in which every team has issues. The silver lining is that Stanford, Utah and USC — three of the four best defenses in the conference — are in the rearview mirror.

The Beavers have Cal at home next week. Riley said his players haven't given up, nor has he given up on them.

"I haven't lost faith in who these guys are," he said. "We just played badly. So we have to fix it. That's our job as coaches."

OK, let's see how he does.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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The Oregon men trail No. 1 Colorado and the UO women remain No. 3 in college cross country

Published Jan 01, 0001

The University of Portland men's team drops to No. 8.

BBMLUQCZJEWNCKG.20130910234948.jpgEdward Cheserek 

The Colorado men are a unanimous No. 1 in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association college cross country poll.

Oregon is No. 2.

The Buffaloes had a dominant performance while winning last weekend's NCAA Pre-Nationals meet in Terre Haute, Ind.

Oregon's Edward Cheserek won the race and teammate Eric Jenkins was third. But six Colorado runners crossed before Oregon's No. 3 individual, Daniel Winn, 19th overall.

The University Portland slipped from No. 5 to No. 8 in the men's rankings.

In the women's poll, Michigan State unseated Michigan at the top of the rankings. Georgetown moved from fourth to second, jumping over Oregon, which remained No. 3.

Here is how the top five looks in this week's men's rankings: Colorado, Oregon, Syracuse, Oklahoma State and Iona.

Here is the top five looks in the women's poll: Michigan State, Georgetown, Oregon, Michigan and Arkansas.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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It's showdown Saturday in the Rose Bowl, as Oregon and UCLA look to break out; Issues & Answers

Published Jan 01, 0001

Reports indicate Jake Fisher will play for Oregon, and that could be a game-changer.

Will Jake Fisher be back today to anchor the offensive line for Oregon?

Well, who knows for sure?

Injury information is as closely guarded in Eugene as the crown jewels.

If I heard the report on ESPN College GameDay correctly, it sounds as if he will.

This report from Aaron Fentress of CSNNW.com indicates Fisher "is expected" to start.

Of course, the technicalities of starting vs. nonstarting don't matter. If Fisher, plays -- regardless of whether he is on the field or not for Oregon's first snap -- it could be a game-changer.

Offensive line issues have plagued the Ducks for the past two games. The big senior could stabilize the situation and help the Ducks move the ball consistently, rather than depending on quarterback Marcus Mariota to do something extraordinary.

That's advantage Oregon in a game that could decide which of these two teams will remain in the jockeying for a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Could a two-loss team still get into the four-team playoff? Well, maybe. But crashing the party with two losses would mean getting lots of help elsewhere, and it's probably not something to rely upon.

Besides, expecting a team with two losses in October to win out seems foolish.

OK, more links:

Excellent story by the Orange County Register's Scott M. Reid, describing the the Nike-driven athletic culture at Oregon, and the faculty backlash.

Arik Armstead has a big body and big dreams, but the Oregon defensive lineman hasn't reached his goals. Really nice piece by the O's Andrew Greif.

UCLA's Owamagbe Odighizuwa, the former five-star recruit from David Douglas, looks for a happy ending to his college career.

Beat UCLA and the Ducks are back in this thing.

No margin for error for UCLA and Oregon.

Aaron Fentress of CSNNW.com picks UCLA to beat the Ducks -- unless Armstead and Jake Fisher play.

The Bruins have a chance to prove their big-game mettle.

Quarterbacks take center stage when Oregon plays UCLA.

R-G analyst Ken Woody says the Ducks have been uninspired and undisciplined.

Three things the folks at FoxSports.com will be watching today in Pasadena.

The O's John Canzano wants to know, do you trust the Ducks?

Some quick facts about Oregon-UCLA.

Three UCLA players who must step up against the Ducks.

Gallery preview 

Until this year, OSU receiver-turned-defensive end Obum Gwacham's biggest impact had been off the field. Well, and as a high jumper. Gwacham has cleared 7 feet 1 3/4 while jumping for OSU, which technically doesn't have a men's track program.

OSU pass rusher Lavonte Barnett is making the most of his opportunities.

Gina Mizell and Connor Letourneau of The Oregonian discuss the Beavers as they begin prep for Thursday's game with a very good Utah team in a podcast.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham won't tip his hand about who will start at QB against the Beavers.

Utah opens up competition for the starting receiving spots.

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News picks UCLA, USC and Cal to win this week.

Chris Dufresne of the Los Angeles Times: Sorry state of the SEC East marginalizes the conference.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times: Another maddening loss in Washington State's maddening season.

Bud Withers of the Seattle Times: Youthful Cougars wilt in the clutch.

Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle: Stanford doesn't look like an upper-echelon team.

Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman-Review: The officiating crew let the two teams play, which was to Stanford's advantage.

Assertive defense carries Stanford over Wazzu.

Stanford's size and strength are too much for the Cougs.

Stanford rediscovers the tight ends to roll over WSU.

Cardinal tight end Greg Taboada emerges as a threat in the red zone.

Stanford pulls away late to beat WSU.

Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star: Life suddenly is very different at Arizona, the little program that could.

Five story lines for tonight's Arizona-USC game.

Arizona wins for the love of the game.

Undefeated Arizona looks to continue a crazy season of success.

Defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel is the under-appreciated, mad genius behind Arizona's defense,

Tonight's game at Arizona will be a turning point for USC.

The Trojans are at a crossroads.

USC hopes the disaster at the end of the Arizona State game isn't a precedent.

Cal isn't looking past Washington. Just an aside here, but why on earth would a team that plays defense as poorly as the Bears do look past anybody.

Huskies go on the road to test a vastly improved Cal team.

Colorado cornerback Ken Crawley is nothing if not aggressive.

The links from Ducks Sports Now.

The links from Beaver Sports Now.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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UO men move up one spot in the cross country rankings; Pilots remain No. 5

Published Jan 01, 0001

Oregon's women hold steady at No. 3.

LYAWYKDTZRVPFZA.20121204010824.jpgCole Watson 

The Oregon men's cross country team moved from No. 3 to No. 2 in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association poll.

Led by senior Cole Watson, the Ducks won the Chester Bowles Invitational on Saturday in Salem against small college competition while resting many of their top individuals.

The University of Portland men's team is ranked No. 5. The Pilots also were fifth-ranked last week.

Also unchanged were the UO women, still third in the national rankings.

Here is the men's top five: Colorado, Oregon, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma State and Portland.

Here is the women's top five: Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Georgetown and Arkansas.

This is the release from the USTFCCCA about this week's poll.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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