Pac-12 coaches play the injury game.
Gotta say, John, I totally disagree with you on this one. As far as caring about people wagering on the game, I don't at all. It's called gambling for a reason, if that's your thing great, but Coach ain't there to help folks cover the spread. And as far as being there to support your favorite players, this is college, folks are there to support their favorite team, town, university... Regardless of who plays. And Coach is right, releasing that information benefits the opposing coaching staff. Why do that?
If I'm Whittingham, I'm preparing for Nix and then I count my lucky stars if the Ducks send out one of the guys that made getting Nix necessary in the first place.
Since players are now getting paid, college football is a minor league version of the NFL. Injury reports should be mandatory.
Gotta play outlier here John. I think betting on sports is out of control and getting more so by each year. When I watch a game with fans who are more interested by how the players in their pool are doing in other games and how teams are faring against the point spread it drives me nuts. Don't even get me started on the over/under - these folks are fans of gambling not sports. I'm interested in one thing and one thing alone - who wins. I'm happy to bet someone straight up win or lose, hell, on my teams - Bears, Leafs, Trail Blazers, Cubs - I'll bet straight up even when the book makers say I should get points. Who cares if the Bears beat the point spread against the Packers and lose the game? Then I have to watch that arrogant cheesehead scream at our fans "I own you!" What a jerk. Guess Tannehill owns Aaron now eh. 80% completion rate for 333 yards versus 55% and 227 yards for Rogers. Can you spell 'loser' Mr. Rogers? I knew you could. 😉
Of course he's gonna play. He's gotta lay it all out there for the program he's loved so much for the past...3 months.
I have been wrong most times I try to understand college injuries and how these types of situations play out. So I will just say that the Oregon run game is good enough to let a bruised Nix or backup find success. Will that equal a win? Not if the defense can't create some big plays.
Mark my words: It's truly only a matter of time until we get a CFB betting scandal of some type. Say you're a 19-year old Power 5 player with insider information, or you're in a position to influence the outcome of a game, well, I'll let you take it from there...
Setting aside the immense economic side of the situation (not that you really can or should), I enjoy a game a lot more when I know who is actually going to be playing, as well as other aspects of how the game gets played. And I've talked to enough other people at everything from this level down to the local kid teams to know that who's actually playing is of interest to a lot of people who don't have a dime bet on it. The players are people, not nameless, faceless robots.
Good points John. I’m a Duck season ticket holder who lives in Portland. It would sure be nice to know if Bo is injured or not. If he is it may determine whether I go to the game or not. It’s a pretty big commitment I’m not sure to drive down for a Pac12 After Dark game, watch the Ducks go 3 & out on every series, put up w/horrible refereeing, then get home at 2:30 am after battling terrible traffic from Eugene to Portland. Give the fans a little consideration.
I wonder if "fall down and fake an injury if we need a free timeout" will still be in the game plan this week
I don’t buy the “student privacy” angle to not releasing injury status. They aren’t disclosing grades. They aren’t disclosing personal medical issues. The disclosure is (nearly always) directly related to on-field injury.
The NCAA as a whole needs to address this soon with the expansion of sports betting.
The line doesn’t swing 6+ points without SOMEONE in Vegas knowing what’s happening. Amounts to insider trading, pure and simple
I am grateful that I do not have the desire to bet on games.
AUDITION ALERT! San Diego State plays tonight, check it out to see if they are PacX worthy. I watched SMU - Tulane last night, and sure enough, SMU looked up to it, if you like Colorado!
Good job John to help keep this issue in the forefront. It's just silliness that it takes a subpoena to even get a timely and accurate depth chart out of most programs.
Poor game planning, bad clock management, and ridiculous play calls that lose games have a lot more to do with losing games than the opponent having some idea about who is more likely to play does. Not that coaches often want to take responsibilities for their mistakes.
Gee John, sure glad you state that Bo will either play or not play. I had no idea. Only Bo knows . The more I read some of your takes, the more I disagree with you. Will they still play the game at 7:30 pm tomorrow in Eugene? Is it still senior night, and the last home game of 2022? Will the place be full, as it was last week for the Huskies? I am sure the Ducks will give 100%, and have 11 players on the field for each play. Utah beat us twice last year, in a short time span, as sub-super Mario Cristobal had no clue on how to prepare for the second beating the Utes put on us. He could not figure out clock management at the end of tight games either. Slick Willy Taggart had his players doing the Willy jive on the side-lines during the game, as they were getting beat. Good riddance to these two, and am very happy that we now have a very good coach in Dan Lanning. He accepted responsibility for the loss to the Monsters from Montlake last week. He cares about his players, and I am quite sure they love and respect him. Thank God we finally have a good coach,which we have not had since the Chipster left. I predict the Ducks will play a very good game tomorrow. I know Utah is a very good team. They have a top flight coach. Is a huge game for both teams. On my column on substack.com titled DONNIE DUCK'S LATEST, I explain about wagering on football at the two casinos in Sheridan, Or and Lincoln City Or where i place my bets. Has to be cash in person. On the year I am at just barely over .500, including college and pros. I love many sports,but my favorite is college football, followed by the NFL. I also made my picks for tomorrow including Beavers losing in the desert, Cal losing at home vs. Cardinal, and USC over UCLA from the Rose Bowl, Ducks vs. USC for Pac-12 title in Las Vegas, after winning the non civil war in Corvallis. All will be close, well-played games , decided by just a few plays. Can't wait! My dream is for Ducks to win Pac-12 championship, and Bo comes back for one more year in Eugene. Only Bo knows. GO DUCKS
Yo. Make it an NFL style system.
Also. Let’s eliminate fake injuries.
Did you know that certain NFL players get paid to fake an injury?