In his first year as the head coach at Oregon, Mario Cristobal has added some experience to his Ducks secondary.
A photo made the rounds on social media Sunday that showed Tim Hough wearing an Oregon Ducks uniform, indicating a transfer to the Pac-12 school was seemingly in the offing. The cornerback also confirmed to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com that he has indeed decided to transfer to UO.
As a graduate transfer, Hough will be eligible to play immediately for the Ducks in 2018. The upcoming season will be his final year of collegiate eligibility.
Earlier this offseason, Hough decided to transfer from UNLV.
In 36 career games played with the Rebels, the defensive back started 17 of those contests. Hough started nine of those games in a 2015 season that saw him intercept four passes, tying the school record for a freshman. Those are the only picks of his collegiate career thus far.
Coaches getting paid years after they stopped working for a school is nothing new and is seemingly a fact of life at just about every major program as buyouts are handed out with regularity. Some drawing a pension from being in various university systems is somewhat common as well.
Those amounts typically vary quite a bit but it might be hard to top the paycheck that former Oregon head coach and athletic director Mike Bellotti is drawing from the place he once coached. The New York Times put out a detailed look at the pension issues affecting the state and noted that Bellotti, who is an ESPN analyst nowadays, is the third-highest paid pensioner in the state of Oregon system at roughly $559,000 a year.
“It was basically to augment the university’s ability to pay a competitive salary to its coaching staff,” he told the Times, noting that he never asked for the large pension but it was included in his contracts with the school. “It was pay later as opposed to paying now.”
For those that weren’t math majors, Bellotti is drawing just over an estimated $46,000 a month. To put that in perspective, the yearly total puts him six-figures ahead of what current Ducks assistant coaches Michael Johnson ($335,000) and Keith Heyward ($450,000), among others, are making in 2018.
We all know the buyout life that some coaches (cough, Charlie Weis, cough) are living can be cushy but Bellotti is certainly proving the pension life isn’t too bad either after hanging up the whistle.
It doesn’t get the attention of the Iron Bowl nor does it have as cool of a name as ‘The Holy War’ but the rivalry between Oregon and Washington is one of the most intense in college sports — especially football — and extends well into everyday life in the Pacific Northwest.
One of things that many Huskies fans have taken issue with over the years has been the accent of the Ducks to a national power thanks in part due to aid from alum Phil Knight, who just so happens to be the longtime leader of Nike — the two schools’ common apparel outfitter for decades. Washington recently ditched the swoosh as part of a record-setting nine-figure apparel deal with Portland-based adidas and some interesting tidbits are coming out about the new pact and how it went down.
Namely, per Seattle Times reporter Adam Jude, that Nike refused to offer Washington more money than they were paying rival and featured program Oregon.
While one could argue about the business merits of refusing to pay the Huskies more than the Ducks and allowing them to leave for adidas, something says that dollars and cents were not the only thing considered when negotiating with the purple and gold.
Tabari Hines‘ graduation transfer tour, which has already taken him to Austin, will now see him headed for Eugene.
On his personal Twitter account Wednesday, Hines announced that he will take a visit to the Oregon campus on Thursday. That excursion comes a couple of weeks after the wide receiver made a late-March visit to Texas.
In late February, Hines announced that he would be transferring from Wake Forest. As a graduate transfer, the receiver will be eligible to play immediately at whichever FBS program he ultimately chooses.
This past season, Hines’ 53 receptions tied for the team lead, with his 683 receiving yards good for third on the Demon Deacons. His seven receiving touchdowns were also third on the team.
For his collegiate career thus far, Hines has totaled 123 catches for 1,496 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 2015, Hines set school freshman records for receptions (32) and receiving yards (366) in a single season. He’s started 14 games the past two seasons — six in 2017, eight the year before.
Surprise, surprise — more roster attrition.
Oregon joined its in-state Pac-12 rival with a recent departure as, as first reported by Steve Mims of the Eugene Register-Guard, Darrian McNeal is no longer a part of Mario Cristobal‘s football team. The Oregonian subsequently confirmed the original report.
There was no reason given for the wide receiver’s abrupt and unexpected departure.
McNeal was a three-star 2017 signee coming out of high school in Florida in 2017. As a true freshman, McNeal played in seven games last season. He caught a pair of passes for 10 yards, and also carried the ball three times for 21 yards.