13 Things All Oregon Football Fans Know To Be True

13 Things All Oregon Football Fans Know To Be True

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Football season starts up again at the University of Oregon on September 2nd and fans and students are getting ready to descend on Autzen Stadium. For some students, this may be their first real experience with college football, and let me tell you, it's going to be a good one. Going to a Ducks football game is a rite of passage for UO students and here are 13 things you need to know.

1. It never rains in Autzen Stadium

This is a lie, but we say it at the beginning of every game anyways. Even if you haven’t spent a lot of time in Oregon, you are probably aware of it’s rainy, gray reputation. Come prepared for rain and, equally importantly, be prepared to dry off your seat from the pregame rain.

2. Don't park at Autzen

Not only will the parking be crowded and absurdly expensive, you will miss out on the sacred walk to Autzen.

3. The walk to Autzen

There’s something special about walking the mile long path to Autzen with thousand of excited fans. Somehow, everyone walks in sync and if you pause for a moment on the bridge, it feels like the bridge is bouncing from the weight of the synchronized foot steps. If you walk the path to Autzen, you will also get the best photo op with the stadium.

4. The dramatic entrance

No Oregon football game would be complete without the dramatic entrance of the football team, led by our mascot riding a motorcycle on to the field. Even though our mascot isn't the most traditionally intimidating, he's definitely the coolest.

5. The fight song

One of the unspoken rules of Oregon football is that you must learn the fight song or at least clap along. Every time the Ducks score, our Oregon Marching Band plays the fight song and everyone sings along. If you don't know the fight song, it's usually printed on the back of the tees from orientation or the SAA Beat Tees (we'll get back to those later).


6. Shout

This is one of my favorite parts of the football games. At the end of the third quarter, everyone joins in on singing and dancing to "Shout” by Otis Day and The Knights to pay tribute to the toga party in 1978 movie Animal House filmed on the UO campus.

In 2015, Nike made a new video for “Shout” that featured Oregon Alumni, including Marcus Mariota, Ty Burrell, and Kenny Wheaton, and the Duck.

All I can say is I'm glad the Duck wasn't playing Wonderwall.

7. Coming Home

For whatever reason, there’s a lot of singing at Oregon football games. “Coming Home” by Eugene born and raised Mat Kearney is played at every game and honestly I tear up a little bit when I’m singing along because I love Oregon so much.

8. Uncle Phil

Sometimes Phil Knight, the co-founder of Nike, makes an appearance at football games. The University of Oregon is jokingly referred to as the University of Nike by students and fans because of Phil Knight's numerous charitable donations to his alma mater to aid academics and athletics.

9. Beat Tees

The UO Student Alumni Association (SAA) has exclusive t shirts for SAA members for each football home game called Beat Tees. Some students customize their Beat Tees by cutting them up or adding embellishments. SAA members can pick up their Beat Tees at the Duck Store on the Friday before the home game. If you want to snag a shirt early, head to a t shirt folding party! You can pick up your shirt early, make new friends, and most importantly, get from free food.


10. What to wear

When the football schedule is released, the Athletics Department also lets fans know what colors to wear to the games. If you don’t remember to check, you’re generally safe wearing anything Oregon, green, or yellow.

11. Pit Crew

The University of Oregon has one of the most intense student sections in college football and its name is the Pit Crew. They keep the crowd and team hyped up.

If you are a student trying to get tickets, look up the schedule and get online early. Student tickets are distributed on "first come, first served" basis based on class standing, giving upperclassmen priority. Have the ticket page ready to go before your designated time and avoid residence hall wifi if possible, since everyone online at the same time tends to slow things down.

12. Go even if you don't love sports

It’s no secret that I’m not a sports fan. I can vaguely explain what a touchdown is, but that’s about it. Even if you don’t love sports, go to at least one game; it’s an experience unlike any other.

13. Game Day Taylor's

If you can't get tickets to the game or are looking for a place to pregame, check out Taylor's Bar & Grill on E 13th Ave. It's packed on game days and always a good time.

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To The Coach Who Took Away My Confidence

You had me playing in fear.
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"The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure."

As a coach, you have a wide variety of players. You have your slow players, your fast players. You have the ones that are good at defense. You have the ones that are good at offense. You have the ones who would choose to drive and dish and you have the ones that would rather shoot the three. You have the people who set up the plays and you have the people who finish them. You are in charge of getting these types of players to work together and get the job done.

Sure, a coach can put together a pretty set of plays. A coach can scream their head off in a game and try and get their players motivated. A coach can make you run for punishment, or they can make you run to get more in shape. The most important role of a coach, however, is to make the players on their team better. To hopefully help them to reach their fullest potential. Players do make mistakes, but it is from those mistakes that you learn and grow.

To the coach the destroyed my confidence,

You wanted to win, and there was nothing wrong with that. I saw it in your eyes if I made a mistake, you were not too happy, which is normal for a coach. Turnovers happen. Players miss shots. Sometimes the girl you are defending gets past you. Sometimes your serve is not in bounds. Sometimes someone beats you in a race. Sometimes things happen. Players make mistakes. It is when you have players scared to move that more mistakes happen.

I came on to your team very confident in the way that I played the game. Confident, but not cocky. I knew my role on the team and I knew that there were things that I could improve on, but overall, I was an asset that could've been made into an extremely great player.

You paid attention to the weaknesses that I had as a player, and you let me know about them every time I stepped onto the court. You wanted to turn me into a player I was not. I am fast, so let me fly. You didn't want that. You wanted me to be slow. I knew my role wasn't to drain threes. My role on the team was to get steals. My role was to draw the defense and pass. You got mad when I drove instead of shot. You wanted me to walk instead of run. You wanted me to become a player that I simply wasn't. You took away my strengths and got mad at me when I wasn't always successful with my weaknesses.

You did a lot more than just take away my strengths and force me to focus on my weaknesses. You took away my love for the game. You took away the freedom of just playing and being confident. I went from being a player that would take risks. I went from being a player that was not afraid to fail. Suddenly, I turned into a player that questioned every single move that I made. I questioned everything that I did. Every practice and game was a battle between my heart and my head. My heart would tell me to go to for it. My heart before every game would tell me to just not listen and be the player that I used to be. Something in my head stopped me every time. I started wondering, "What if I mess up?" and that's when my confidence completely disappeared.

Because of you, I was afraid to fail.

You took away my freedom of playing a game that I once loved. You took away the relaxation of going out and playing hard. Instead, I played in fear. You took away me looking forward to go to my games. I was now scared of messing up. I was sad because I knew that I was not playing to my fullest potential. I felt as if I was going backward and instead of trying to help me, you seemed to just drag me down. I'd walk up to shoot, thinking in my head, "What happens if I miss?" I would have an open lane and know that you'd yell at me if I took it, so I just wouldn't do it.

SEE ALSO: The Coach That Killed My Passion

The fight to get my confidence back was a tough one. It was something I wish I never would've had to do. Instead of becoming the best player that I could've been, I now had to fight to become the player that I used to be. You took away my freedom of playing a game that I loved. You took away my good memories in a basketball uniform, which is something I can never get back. You can be the greatest athlete in the world, but without confidence, you won't go very far.

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The Legacy Of Urban Meyer

He'll go down as one of the most successful head coaches in the history of college football, but his legacy will be more complicated.

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On Tuesday morning, Ohio State announced that Urban Meyer would be retiring as the Buckeyes head coach at the conclusion of the Rose Bowl. Meyer's offensive coordinator, Ryan Day, was tabbed as the successor to the Ohio State program. As it stands now, Meyer's record at Ohio State is 82-9, he's won three Big Ten Titles, and he won a National Championship with the Buckeyes in 2014.

Before that, Meyer turned Florida into one of the most dominant teams in college football in the late 2000's, winning two National Championships. He even turned Utah and Bowling Green into respectable programs in his four combined years at both schools.

However, his legacy will be a lot more complicated than what he's accomplished on the football field.

Arguably, his last season coaching was the most difficult for Meyer and the Buckeyes. Meyer was suspended at the start of August while Ohio State investigated his knowledge of his ex-assistant coach's domestic assault claims. He was ultimately spared of being fired, but the university handed Meyer a three game suspension to start the season.

While Ohio State rolled on to win the Big Ten Championship, they had several reoccurring problems. The defense struggled in a lot of games, and gave up many chunk plays. On the offensive side, the Buckeyes struggled to establish the run and relied heavily on Heisman-canidate quarterback, Dwayne Haskins.

This came to bite the Buckeyes when they travelled to West Lafayette to play Purdue. Despite Ohio State being ranked in the top 5, the Boilermakers played the perfect game and rolled to a 49-20 victory. This was third time in three years that an Urban Meyer led squad was blown out by 20-plus points.

Ohio State would go on to survive an overtime game against lowly Maryland, 52-51. In a game where defense seemed optional, the Terrapins kept pace with Ohio State throughout the game. If it wasn't for incomplete pass on a 2-point conversion, Maryland would've handed Ohio State an even more devastating loss than the Purdue.

The negative attention continued to get worse when Urban Meyer collapsed on the sideline during a game against Indiana. Meyer tried to get in front of the story by saying he's been dealing with an arachnoid cyst in his brain, condition causes debilitating headaches.

However, Meyer's revelation of his condition had the opposite effect, as members of the sports media began speculating whether or not he would step away from coaching after the season. During games, ESPN cameras would watch Urban Meyer and air his reactions to bad officiating and poor play by his team.

His departure from Ohio State draws a lot of parallels from when he left Florida after 2010. There, he won two National Championships with the with players like Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin, Reilly Cooper, and Aaron Hernandez. However, his success with the Gators wasn't without controversy, as at least 30 players got in trouble with the law during his tenure.

Meyer ended up retiring twice from Florida. Once after the 2009 season after a 13-1 season capped by a Sugar Bowl win, and then he permanently left after a less than impressive 8-5 campaign in 2010. After working a season for ESPN, he accepted the job at Ohio State in 2012.

Whether Meyer will do the same thing this time around remains to be seen. At age 54, he's retiring at a relatively young age. But if one thing was clear when ESPN had a camera on him during games, he looked overwhelmed and at times burned out by the stress of this tumultuous season. Whether or not Meyer returns for one more run at glory will be a discussion for him to have with his family, but I wouldn't be surprised if he came back.

No one can deny he's a brilliant football coach, and will go down as one of the greatest to coach the game. But he's left Florida and Ohio State in sticky situations after off the field issues. In fact, Urban Meyer is extremely lucky that Ohio State didn't fire him for the Zach Smith scandal. Too bad the Buckeyes, like many other scandal-ridden schools before them, value winning over taking a moral stand.

Urban Meyer is one of the most accomplished coaches in college football history. But like many coaches and other important figures in history, he's also very complicated.

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