Thursday, January 6, 6 p.m. MST
We've reached the midpoint of our stay in Arizona ahead of Monday's BCS Championship Game, and with the weekend approaching, both schools will likely notice a steady stream of fans hitting town from this point forward.
Today was the nicest day yet from a weather standpoint, with temperatures finally nearing the mid 60s. Since Monday's hail and rain, there hasn't been a drop of precipitation here in the desert.
More Oregon support staff and families arrived today, and yet another plane with staff and band members is due in on Saturday, signaling the title game's imminence.
Players and coaches continue to go about their daily work, both on the field and in the classroom, maintaining the same approach they've taken all season in terms of preparation.
LaMichael James is staying in school but has become a pro at interviewing over the past month.
Today's press conference consisted of representatives from Oregon's offense, with coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mark Helfrich in the interview room along with D.J. Davis, Jordan Holmes, LaMichael James, Jeff Maehl and Darron Thomas.
Video from the session can be viewed at GoDucks.TV along with footage from yesterday's defensive presser.
Outside of that, all was relatively quiet here in the Valley of the Sun on Thursday.
Former Oregon great Ahmad Rashad has been named an honorary captain for the BCS Championship Game by The National Football Foundation in partnership with the Fiesta Bowl.
Rashad, who played for the Ducks from 1969 to '71 when he was known as Bobby Moore, will share the honor with fellow College Football Hall of Famer and Auburn alum Bo Jackson. Both men will participate in the coin toss, representing their respective schools.
Primarily a running back for Oregon, Rashad set the single-game mark for all-purpose yards with 338 (249 rushing, 89 receiving) vs. Utah in 1971 - a record that stood for more than 30 years. He still ranks eighth in UO history with 2,306 career rushing yards and is tied for second with LaMichael James in career touchdowns with 36.
OREGON NFL SUNDAY
One of Rashad's teammates in Eugene - former NFL All-Pro quarterback Dan Fouts - is hosting The Huddle with Oregon Football on Sunday morning at the Scottsdale Waterfront. The event, presented by Nike Live, starts at 11 a.m. Mountain Time and will feature fellow UO/NFL alums Jairus Byrd, Dennis Dixon, Joey Harrington and Jonathan Stewart.
Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart were on track for a BCS Championship appearance of their own in 2007 before a season-ending injury to the QB.
Fans in town for the game are encouraged to come by, and fans out of town will be able to watch it live on GoDucks.com.
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