Topic: Don Pellum

Walk-ons will benefit most from unlimited meals, Oregon football coaches and players say

By on Wednesday, Apr. 16 at 3:36 pm.

The NCAA Legislative Council approved a rule on Tuesday that would allow student-athletes to receive unlimited meals and snacks. The rule can be finalized next Thursday when the Division I Board of Directors meets. After Oregon’s spring football practice Wednesday, coaches and players were asked about the new rule, and a common theme emerged. “That’s […]

Raw video: Don Pellum on linebackers and facing Oregon’s offense in practice

By on Wednesday, Apr. 9 at 1:33 pm.

After Wednesday’s spring practice, Oregon defensive coordinator Don Pellum spoke to the media about the linebackers and the defense facing Oregon’s dynamic offense in practice. Pellum specifically discussed inside linebackers Rodney Hardrick and Derrick Malone and the wide receivers, who he said are tough covers and solid blockers. Follow Victor Flores on Twitter @vflores415

Emerald sports quotes of the week: Kailee Cuico breaks Oregon softball career RBI record with three-run home run

By on Sunday, Apr. 6 at 7:02 pm.

Every Sunday, The Emerald sports staff will collect their favorite quotes from the previous seven days. Athletes, coaches, media or anybody with a quote pertaining to Oregon sports can be included. Below are The Emerald’s favorites from the week of March 31- April 6. Softball “I just had to wipe the slate. I just really […]

Take a Knee: Defensive back Troy Hill uses suspension from last season as motivation

By on Friday, Apr. 4 at 1:45 pm.

Redshirt Senior Troy Hill was suspended indefinitely — missing Oregon’s final games against Oregon State and Texas in the Alamo Bowl – after being arrested by the Eugene Police for menacing and fourth-degree assault, including strangulation allegations on Dec. 13. On Jan. 31, he would plead guilty to menacing with a court sentencing that included 36 […]

Oregon football: Ducks defense has a different swagger under Don Pellum

By on Wednesday, Apr. 2 at 3:25 pm.

It’s only been two days of spring practices, but the defensive side of the ball for the Oregon football team is exuding a different swagger under new defensive coordinator Don Pellum. “We’re talking about playing with some confidence and a chip,” Pellum said following Tuesday’s practice. “In football, you’ve got to walk up with attitude […]

Oregon football: Learning and maturing are two of biggest spring keys for a successful season

By on Tuesday, Apr. 1 at 6:43 pm.

Spring football can best be described as a tune-up for the Oregon football team. It’s a 15-practice period where players and coaches gear up for the slowly approaching start of the upcoming season. Regardless of stature and experience, this time frame is also used as a chance to learn and improve for everyone associated with […]

Spring football preview: Far more questions than answers, especially on defense, heading into camp

By on Tuesday, Apr. 1 at 12:33 pm.

Spring football is often times the only period when it’s acceptable for a team to have more questions than answers. It’s the first sighting of what is absent, what is present and is generally a month focused on individual competition and experiencing that first taste of a new aura, which a new year brings. For […]

Through hair-cutting, Rodney Witherspoon has ingrained himself in Oregon athletics

By on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 8:23 am.

His walls are littered with Oregon posters. He wears an Oregon ‘O’ on his chest. But until this year, Rodney Witherspoon wasn’t associated with the University of Oregon. Well, not officially at least. This past football season, the Oregon football team opened its doors to the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, a football facility unparalleled by any university […]

‘Honored’ new defensive coordinator Don Pellum once thought about leaving Oregon

By on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 11:17 pm.

Appearing in a black suit complimented by a white shirt and striped blue tie, Don Pellum held his first press conference as the defensive coordinator for the Oregon football team Tuesday afternoon. Pellum, who has been with the program for 23 years, opened the conference by thanking God, Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens and head […]

Don Pellum officially named Oregon’s defensive coordinator

By on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 11:18 am.

Former Oregon linebackers’ coach Don Pellum was officially announced as the Ducks’ next defensive coordinator on Tuesday morning. Pellum takes over for the Nick Aliotti, who retired after 17 years with the program. “This is a challenge I welcome with open arms,” Pellum told “I have been fortunate to enjoy a long relationship at […]

Emerald Quick Hits: Don Pellum set to take over as Oregon football defensive coordinator

By on Monday, Jan. 13 at 1:54 pm.

- The Oregon women’s basketball team will get the chance to even the series against Oregon State as they travel to Corvallis Monday night for the 92nd Civil War. Oregon lost 88-80 on Saturday as they played host to the Beavers in the first game of the back-to-back series. Ducks center Jillian Alleyne led the team […]

Sources tell Oregonian that Don Pellum will be Oregon’s next defensive coordinator

By on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 3:38 pm.

Former Oregon linebacker coach and recruiting coordinator Don Pellum will succeed Nick Aliotti as Oregon’s defensive coordinator next season, multiple sources told the Oregonian on Saturday. Pellum’s promotion has not been made official by the school and the university is not expected to announce the move until after the weekend, according to one of the […]

Video: Oregon players and coaches discuss Nick Aliotti’s impact on the program

By on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 6:41 pm.

Several Oregon players and coaches talked to the media after Saturday’s morning practice at Alamo Heights High School, and one theme was constant throughout: Nick Aliotti’s retirement. Players such as linebacker Boseko Lokombo, offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone, wide receiver Bralon Addison and safety Avery Patterson discussed their 59 year-old defensive coordinator, from their favorite memories […]

GameDay: For Oregon coaches, Thanksgiving takes a back seat to football

By on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 1:20 pm.

John Neal can’t remember what he did for Thanksgiving last year, but one memory from more than two decades ago still stands out. Oregon’s secondary coach was celebrating the holiday with his family in Alabama. As Neal’s daughters, Kristin and Caitlin, devoured their turkey, his teenage son, Casey, would make an annoying sound with a […]

GameDay: Derrick Malone and Tony Washington have a strong connection through faith and football

By on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 2:41 pm.

Faith. Friendship. Football. These three words summarize the relationship between Derrick Malone and Tony Washington. They’re reasons the duo plays an essential role in a defense that has given up an average of 11.8 points per game, second in the nation behind Louisville. Malone and Washington share a unique bond that combines professionalism and personal […]

Take a Knee: Don Pellum talks defense, new starters at linebacker position

By on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 11:20 am.

Linebackers coach Don Pellum has had  some of the best linebackers in the country in Michael Clay, Kiko Alonso and Dion Jordan, but with the level of comfort Pellum seems to have in the linebackers corps, the Ducks will be in good hands. Welcoming the new guys “I feel very comfortable with this year’s group,” […]

Countdown to the Fiesta Bowl: Grading Oregon’s, Kansas State’s linebackers

By on Friday, Dec. 21 at 3:31 pm.

In the days leading up to the 2012 Fiesta Bowl, the Emerald will take a position-by-position look at Oregon and Kansas State, determining which team has the edge going into the BCS showdown on Jan. 3. Oregon — The heart of Oregon’s defense is two-sided. All year long, linebackers Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso have battled […]