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Ducks going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Oregon has always been (well) ahead of the curve when it comes to uniforms.  Now, the Ducks are joining in the month-long effort to raise awareness to an insidious disease.

On their official Twitter feed Thursday, Oregon unveiled the uniforms they will wear for Saturday’s game against Washington State.  The Ducks will be in their semi-standard black tops and pants… and pink helmets, gloves, socks and cleats to go along with it.

The pink tip of the cap is in recognition of October being designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  And, to its credit, the football program is not just giving lip service to the cause.

A total of 25 of the pink helmets will be auctioned off following the game, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.  You can either bid on the helmets or donate to the fund established in the name of the former North Carolina State women’s basketball coach, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009, by clicking HERE.

You can also see the very classy gesture in picture form below:

Oregon Pink

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.