Snow Day, Coach of the Year
Monday, December 14, 4:00 p.m. PT

While Monday was a day off for students throughout the Eugene/Springfield area due to a rare December snowfall in the Emerald Valley, Oregon's student-athletes still had to take care of business - practicing, lifting, meeting, etc. - in preparation for their Holiday Bowl showdown with No. 13 Oklahoma State Dec. 30. The Ducks will have time to enjoy the wintry weather over the next two days, while coaches return to the recruiting trail, before resuming workouts on Thursday.

 

Native Hawaiian Pono Kam is a bit out of his element, running to make the start of practice in the Moshofsky Center.

Coach of the Year After All
The Sporting News released its annual college football awards today and named Mike Bellotti as its Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Of the four major conference awards chosen, coach of the year was the only one that differed from the Pac-10's choices released last week. Bellotti's 2008 charges finished second in the Pac-10 and won nine games (thus far) - a feat accomplished only 11 times in the 113 years of Oregon football. Seven of those nine-win (or more) campaigns have home during Bellotti's 14 years as UO head coach.

Kickin' It Cold School
Jim Radcliffe, Oregon's Strength and Conditioning coach, typically handles the kickers (punters and placekickers) and long snappers during football practices, and saw no reason today why his guys should workout indoors.

 

Who says kickers are soft? These guys didn't seem to mind the 21-degree temperature.

 

If it snows at the Holiday Bowl, Matt Evensen will definitely have an advantage over the opposition in the kicking department.

Easily one of the coolest pics ever posted on Duck Feed, courtesy of Ben Gese.

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