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Podcast Episode 070: Entropy in Eugene

Max Price from Examiner.com talks Oregon Ducks

Is Chip Kelly heading down a similar path as Jim Tressel? AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Over the past few years we have witnessed Oregon elevate their entire athletic program to the point where the football team has become a legitimate title contender and Pac 10 (Pac 12) favorite. The Ducks were always thought to have an advantage based on their close relationship with Nike. Now it appears as though there was some other factors that may have benefited the Ducks, and it is not good.

Yahoo! Sports recently published a detailed report and interview with Willie Lyles, who was one of the main characters in a recruiting scandal linked to Oregon. What started off as a $25,000 investment in recruiting knowledge could end up costing the school $150,000. With that much money you could buy 1,250 pairs of Jordan 2011 Q-Flight kicks.

If what Lyles says is true, then Kelly comes off looking particularly bad, which is why some are calling for his job already. The NCAA will take a good look at everything of course so we likely will not see much happen any time too soon, but Kelly could be heading out the same door that Tressel walked through earlier this summer.

To help give us more of an inside look at the Oregon situation I invited Max Price, who covers Oregon football for Examiner.com and Oregon Sports News to join the show.

We also take a look at Oregon’s 2011 season, scandal or no scandal, and figure out if Oregon has the pieces in place for a return trip to the BCS championship game or not. The Ducks look to be a favorite in the Pac 12 North division, and they could be in good position for a BCS berth if they get to host a game in Autzen Stadium.

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About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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