A new year is almost here, and for us Duck fans, that means a chance to renew our excitement around Oregon Football, Oregon Basketball and all of Oregon Athletics.
With 2017 quickly approaching, we're offering members a chance to save on an Oregon Club of Portland membership. Save $10 on any membership level now until December 31!
Need to know more about the value of OCOP? Here are 10 reasons to become an Oregon Club of Portland member in 2017.
- Join a Community of Fellow Fans - There is no better way to experience the excitement of Oregon Athletics than spending it with fellow Oregon alumni, fans and friends. Join our hundreds of members!
- Insider Access - Our members, especially those who attend our dinners, get access to insider info on our top programs, including the upcoming Signing Day Dinner.
- Hear Directly from Coach Taggart - Oregon Club of Portland members have a chance to hear from new head coach Wiliie Taggart, in person, at the Signing Day Dinner and will hear from him other times throughout the year at various OCOP events.
- Save Money for Being a Supporter - All members save money when registering for our various events, whether that be dinners, auctions, tailgaters, etc. Every member also enjoys a 20% off coupon to the Duck Store!
- Celebrate Basketball Success - The Men's and Women's Basketball seasons are just heating up, but there are plenty of expectations set for both squads as March Madness approaches. Celebrate their success with fellow members!
- Duck Talk - Our weekly newsletter, providing the best rundown of Oregon Athletics news you'll find anywhere, is becoming a member-only newsletter in 2017. Stay informed!
- The Whole Family is Invited - Oregon Club of Portland serves all generations, from grandparents down to grandchildren and every age in between. Our events are family-friendly and a great time for all.
- Tailgaters! - Not to brag, but we feel we have the best tailgate at Autzen. Good food and drink, plenty of Oregon pride and tons of Oregon fans make our tailgaters can't-miss events.
- Honor All Oregon Sports - Most of our events focus around football and basketball, but we support all Oregon sports, whether that be through our auctions, promoting when teams come up to Portland or honoring them and their accomplishments across our social media accounts.
- Coach and Player Interaction - You know you'll get to meet and hear from the coaches, but there are opportunities to ask questions to players to, especially at our annual football luncheons. Come one, come all!
It's official! News broke early Wednesday morning that the University of Oregon and Athletic Director Rob Mullens have hired University of South Florida's Willie Taggart to be our next head football coach.
Taggart, 40, comes to Eugene after guiding USF to a 10-2 record in 2016. Taggart took over the Bulls program four years ago, building it from a perennial loser into one of the top non-Power 5 teams.
Taggart brings to Oregon an offensive mind, strong recruiting skills, the endorsement of Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy and an amazing level of enthusiasm.
Here are four more things you need to know about new Oregon head football coach Willie Taggart:
Quarterback Success: Taggart played at I-AA Western Kentucky, earning the starting quarterback spot four years in a row, while twice being named a Walter Payton Award (I-AA's Heisman Trophy) finalist.
Florida Native: The Ducks haven't had the best of luck recruiting Florida in years past, but that may all change with Taggart at the helm. A Tampa Bay native who was an all-state quarterback in high school, Taggart maximized his time in Florida, recruiting in the number one class in the American Athletic Conference multiple years - this going head-to-head for kids against Florida, Florida State and Miami.
Turnaround King: As noted, Taggart took USF from 2-10 his first year to 10-2 in his fourth. That comes after taking WKU from 2-10 (they lost 20 straight games prior to his arrival) his first year to 7-5 his third year. What's often overlooked is his time as an assistant coach at Stanford, where he helped guide the Cardinal back up the national rankings as the running backs coach. Taggart not only coached Toby Gerhart, who was arguably the top running back in the country, but was a linchpin in recruiting Andrew Luck.
Belief in the Run: Taggart coached Stanford's running backs, creating one of the most impressive backfields in the country. After his time in Palo Alto, he coached a multi-time All-American running back at WKU, while guiding USF to the tenth best offense in the country in 2016. This year's USF team held one of the nation's most potent running attacks, with two 1,000+ yard backs, while ranking fifth in the country averaging 291.8 yards per game. He should make Royce Freeman, Tony Brooks-James, Taj Griffin, Kani Benoit and the rest of the Oregon running back crew very happy.
At Oregon Club of Portland's 2016 Big Green Benefit, we honored the legendary 'Voice of the Ducks' Jerry Allen. Thank you Jerry for all you have given to Oregon Athletics. Go Ducks!
There are four nationally selected bowls for the College Football Playoff, then the Pac-12 tentative bowls are:
ROSE vs Big-10
ALAM0 vs. Big 12
HOLIDAY vs. Big-12
FOSTER FARMS vs. Big-10
LAS VEGAS vs.MW
CACTUS vs. Big 12
Article contributed by OCOP member John Gram
It's incredible how many current and former Oregon track and field athletes competed at the Olympic Games and we kept track (pun intended) of all of them. See how our Ducks finished in the finals against their international competition.
Sunday, August 21
Galen Rupp (marathon) - BRONZE - The former Duck hung with the lead pack the entire race, while hanging on for bronze and running one of the finest marathon efforts in U.S. history...and it was only the second time he's competed over the 26.2 mile distance.
Carlos Trujillo (marathon) - Competing for Guatemala, Trujillo ran tough to finish 67th overall (out of 155 runners) in 2:20:24.
Saturday, August 22
Matthew Centrowitz (1500m) - GOLD - The surprise performance of the Olympics, Centrowitz ran a perfectly executed race and came out on top of the men's 1500m, becoming the first American to win the event since 1908!
Phyllis Francis (4x400m relay) - GOLD - Francis placed fifth in the women's 400m earlier in the Games, this time teaming up with three other Americans and winning gold with a tremendous third leg split.
Friday, August 19
English Gardner (4x100m relay) - GOLD - Gardner, who placed seventh in the women's 100m earlier in the week, ran the third leg for Team USA in the relay final, running brilliantly and earning her first Olympic medal.
Thursday, August 18
Ashton Eaton (decathlon) - GOLD - The greatest decathlete of all-time proved to be the world's best once again, this time setting the Olympic record with a total of 8893 points.
Wednesday, August 17
Deajah Stevens (200m) - 7th - Stevens, a rising junior, made the final and ended her remarkable season with a time of 22.65 seconds.
Tuesday, August 16
Devon Allen (110m hurdles) - 5th - The gold medal threat finished fifth place overall in his first international competition, running a time of 13.31 seconds.
Johnathan Cabral (110m hurdles) - 6th - The 23 year old competes for Canada. He trains with Allen in Eugene and finished sixth in the hurdle final in a time of 13.40 seconds.
Monday, August 15
Phyllis Francis (400m) - 5th - What a season for Francis, nearly earning a medal by finishing fifth in 50.41 seconds.
Sunday, August 14
Galen Rupp (10,000m) - 5th - Rupp put himself in contention to win a medal until the final lap when he just didn't have the wheels to hang with the leaders; he gets another shot at a medal in a week in the men's marathon; finished in 27:08.92.
Saturday, August 13
Brianne Theisen-Eaton (heptathlon) - BRONZE - Competing for Canada, the former Duck took home the bronze medal in the women's heptathlon with a fantastic score of 6653 total points.
English Gardner (100m) - 7th - The rising U.S. sprint star didn't have the best of starts, but still placed seventh in the final in 10.94 seconds.
Friday, August 12
Alexi Pappas (10,000m) - 17th - Pappas, who runs for Greece, finished in 31:36.16 and set a national record.