Author Archives: Matt Walks

Oregon’s Dana Altman wins National Coach of the Year in third year

By on Sunday, Apr. 7 at 2:39 pm.

From CBI to NIT to Sweet Sixteen, head coach Dana Altman has engineered a meteoric rise for Oregon men’s basketball. On Saturday, Altman’s hard work was recognized when the Crete, Neb., native was named the 2013 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year during an end-of-the-year awards banquet during Atlanta’s Final Four festivities. The Ducks […]

Oregon track and field will scrap with the formidable Texas A&M at the Pepsi Invitational

By on Thursday, Apr. 4 at 8:37 pm.

The weather in Eugene is in full capricious spring mode. Sunshine gives way to torrents of rain,followed by heavy gusts of wind. Then, back to sunshine. But Oregon’s track and field team will be ready to compete Saturday in the Pepsi Invitational regardless of the color of the sky. Fresh off recent successes at the […]

Walks: If new allegations are true, stripping Auburn’s national title should be a given

By on Thursday, Apr. 4 at 1:04 pm.

The play was controversial even then. Auburn Tigers running back Michael Dyer was wrapped up by Oregon defensive back Eddie Pleasant with less than three minutes left in the 2011 BCS National Championship game. With the score tied and a title on the line, Ducks defensive tackle Zac Clark held back from piling onto Dyer. […]

Arsalan Kazemi wrote his own narrative during March Madness amid allegations of mistreatment at Rice

By on Wednesday, Apr. 3 at 9:10 pm.

Several Ducks enjoyed an extended bath in the media spotlight during Oregon’s run to the Sweet 16. But one Duck’s past hung over him, just as he was playing on the biggest stage in his life. Arsalan Kazemi entered what was ultimately the last game of his college career averaging 9.3 points and 9.9 rebounds […]

Cheridan Hawkins and Kailee Cuico ignite Oregon’s record conference start

By on Tuesday, Apr. 2 at 3:40 pm.

With senior Jessica Moore simply padding her stats during her last season as arguably the best pitcher in Oregon softball history, the Ducks may have already found their next dominant ace-in-waiting. It was announced Monday that freshman Cheridan Hawkins beat out five other Pac-12 pitchers — including Arizona State’s Team USA starter Dallas Escobedo — […]

Zone Read PM: Oregon’s Damyean Dotson, Dana Altman earn national recognition

By on Tuesday, Apr. 2 at 3:53 pm.

No first-year jitters here. Oregon’s frosh playoff hero Damyean Dotson was honored Monday by being named to the 2013 Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team after averaging 16.0 points in the Ducks’ postseason run to the Sweet Sixteen. The Houston native finished second on the team behind senior E.J. Singler in both minutes played (27.9) and […]

Zone Read AM: Dana Altman’s days before the Ducks, grainy Tall Firs footage and Oregon T&F’s new awards

By on Wednesday, Mar. 20 at 2:45 pm.

Oregon head coach Dana Altman’s pre-Oregon days — While Finals Week stands between students and spring break, Oregon men’s basketball is the only varsity sport with a game scheduled before the weekend. The down time gave The Oregonian’s Adam Jude the opportunity to explore head coach Dana Altman’s days before the Ducks. The all-time winningest […]

Zone Read AM: Facebook reveals nation’s March Madness loyalties, athletic department releases ticketing information

By on Tuesday, Mar. 19 at 11:19 am.

Ah, March Madness. That magical time of year where fans who couldn’t find Creighton or Valparaiso on a map cram their still-perfect brackets down your throat. The only thing more frustrating than everyone flooding your Facebook feeds with their picks is the inevitable moment when your girlfriend sweeps the Midwest region by picking her favorite […]

Oregon’s Robert Johnson threepeats as women’s cross country coach of the year

By on Friday, Mar. 15 at 2:40 pm.

In his first season as sole head coach of the Oregon women’s cross country team, Robert Johnson led the Ducks to a national championship. Now, his hard work has been once again recognized by the USTFCCCA. Johnson was named Women’s National Coach of the Year on Thursday, retaining the same title he won in 2012 […]

Oregon softball pounds New Mexico in home-opening doubleheader

By on Thursday, Mar. 14 at 2:02 pm.

Game One. Oregon softball wasted no time establishing dominance in its 10-0 home-opening win over New Mexico on Wednesday, pairing senior ace Jessica Moore with a four-run jolt in the first that proved to be enough. Moore (12-3) allowed just one hit and tallied four strikeouts and got immediate offensive teammates who scored four in the […]

Oregon women’s track and field take fourth-straight NCAA national title

By on Tuesday, Mar. 12 at 4:49 pm.

Oregon women’s track and field came one step closer to achieving the rare Triple Crown on Saturday, winning a record-tying fourth straight NCAA Indoor Track and Field national title at the Randal Tyson Center in Fayetteville, Ark. The win came courtesy a dominant performance in the 4×400 relay. The team of English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe, […]

12-game winning streak bumps Oregon softball up to No. 10

By on Thursday, Mar. 7 at 1:36 pm.

During its current 12-game winning streak, Oregon softball has looked more like the football team. The Ducks outscored their six opponents 62-12 over the course of last weekend’s Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla., scoring at least 10 runs in four of the six games. Its pitchers are winning conference honors, and the tops of the […]

Oregon softball’s Cheridan Hawkins named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week

By on Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 5:58 pm.

It hasn’t taken long for freshman pitcher Cheridan Hawkins to get noticed. After striking out 15 — one short of the program record — in a dominant six-inning shutout of Boston College, Hawkins was named the Pac-12 Conference’s Pitcher of the Week. The 8-0 win over the Golden Eagles was Hawkins’ fifth on the season. […]

Oregon softball ties home run record in win over No. 14 Michigan

By on Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 1:15 pm.

While softball’s home opener is still more than a week away (March 13 against New Mexico, incidentally), the Ducks paired stellar pitching with hot bats to go undefeated during the weekend’s Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla. With its six straight wins, including a head-turning 13-4 win over No. 14 Michigan, Oregon softball also set or […]

Music: Matt & Kim’s Matt Johnson discusses the band’s sexy new video, what they’ve learned since ‘Daylight’

By on Monday, Mar. 4 at 1:20 pm.

Since breaking onto the scene in 2008 with the ubiquitous indie hit “Daylight,” Matt & Kim — comprised of Brooklyn pop couple Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino — have enjoyed a steady rise to prominence. Driven by stripped-down, frantic melodies that substitute enthusiasm for complexity, the duo’s songs have made the band a staple at music festivals, […]

Oregon softball leans on Moore and Hawkins​ pitching duo

By on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 12:37 pm.

Jessica Moore’s hot start on the mound has come as no surprise to the Ducks. After all, the senior is statistically the greatest pitcher in Oregon softball history. By the end of the year, barring injury, the All-American Moore will push her program-record career numbers in strikeouts and wins further out of reach for others. […]

Best student athlete — De’Anthony Thomas brings the heat on and off the football field

By on Friday, Mar. 8 at 4:39 pm.

Electric. Lightning in a bottle. Maybe more often than anything else — fast. Sophomore De’Anthony Thomas has been called these and more in his short athletic career as a Duck. In fewer than two full years, the Crenshaw High School product has earned Heisman Trophy buzz, two BCS wins and a Sports Illustrated cover. And […]