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The Oregon Ducks are part of the Pacific 10 Conference. Donald Duck was the mascot for a number of years, under an agreement with Disney. The Oregon Ducks are best known for their football team, and for the Track and Field program, which has helped to make Eugene be known as "Tracktown, USA".

The evolution of the Duck


The University of Oregon mascot is a cartoon-like duck similar to Walt Disney's Donald Duck character, often referred to as "the duck", and may also be referred to as Donald or Puddles. The mascot wears a green and yellow costume, a green and yellow beanie cap with the word "Oregon" on it and originated from cartoons drawn of a white duck known as Puddles that frequented football games during the early 1900s. The cartoon duck became more similar to Donald Duck over time, and the University received permission from the Walt Disney company to use the likeness of the Donald Duck character as a symbol of the University. The mascot that appears in graphic art is more similar to Donald Duck than the actual mascot that appears at University functions, which has a rounder head and body than typical renditions of the Donald Duck character. A Nike-designed futuristic rubber-suit wearing duck, nicknamed "Duck Vader", "Mandrake", or "RoboDuck" by the student body, began appearing at athletic events in 2003.

Relationship with Nike

UO track and field coach Bill Bowerman revolutionized the athletic shoe by pouring melted rubber into a waffle iron, creating a prototype rubber sole. Bowerman went on to co-found the Nike corporation with UO alumnus Phil Knight. Nike has maintained a close relationship with UO ever since, manufacturing all university logo clothing and uniforms for the football team, including research prototypes for high-tech "smart clothes", such as jerseys with cooling systems. Controversy surrounding Nike's labor practice precipitated protests in 2000 led by a group of students calling themselves The Human Rights Alliance. The protests included a 10 day tent city occupation of the lawns in front of Johnson Hall, the main administration building. Protesting students demanded and initially received independent oversight by the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) of Nike's overseas factories. The University of Oregon joined the WRC but was quickly admonished by Phil Knight in a scathing letter [1] resulting in the rescindence of a US$30 million dollar contribution to renovate Autzen Stadium, and a pledge for no more future donations should the University continue its membership in the WRC. The University eventually terminated the relationship with the WRC within a year of joining, citing "legal complications." Phil Knight later reinstated the donation and increased the money to over US$50 million dollars. [2]


The University of Oregon football team is known to college football fans around the country for creating different kinds of uniform combinations and colors. In the 2005-2006 season, they have used 9 uniform combinations, including white jerseys and white pants, yellow and green, yellow and yellow, green and green, white and green, green and yellow,white and yellow, black and black, and white and black, which they wore in the 2005 Holiday Bowl against the University of Oklahoma. In 2005, the uniforms have been voted by the readers of and other college football fans as the ugliest in college football.

The Oregon Athletic Department has announced that new uniforms will be introduced at the beginning of the 2006 college football season, which will include the introduction of new helmet designs as well.

2005-2006 football season

The Ducks finished the regular season with an outstanding 10-1 record, their best finish since their Joey Harrington-led, Fiesta Bowl-winning 2001 team. They finished 5th overall in the BCS ranking system, usually enough to earn them a BCS Bowl. This year, however, there were no at-large bids available to Oregon. Ohio State finished just ahead of the Ducks, in 4th place, guaranteeing them one of the at-large berths (though they had an inferior 10-2 record). Notre Dame finished 6th in the BCS, also securing a BCS bid due to a pre-existing clause in the BCS contract stipulating that any non-BCS conference-affiliated school to finish in the top 6 in the final rankings would be guaranteed an at-large spot in a BCS bowl game. Many college football fans were outraged that two teams with worse records were selected over the Ducks. Moreover, for the second consecutive year, the Pac-10 conference had a team finish with a one-loss season that was snubbed by the BCS (the Cal Bears finished 10-1 in 2004). Furthermore, the argument that TV ratings hurt the Ducks' BCS chances was disproved later by The Wall Street Journal, which published an article showing that Oregon drew the highest bowl ratings in college football. The situation (and others like it in recent years) has led to more and more calls for a playoff system to replace the BCS, which has received widespread criticism from college football fans.


The Oregon Ducks basketball teams play at McArthur Court on the campus of the University of Oregon. The Ducks football team's home is Autzen Stadium, just north of the main campus. Track and field events are held at Hayward Field, on the campus adjacent to McArthur Court.

National Championships

Men's NCAA National Titles

Women's NCAA National Titles



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School Type: University

President/Chancellor: Dave Frohmeyer(sp?)

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Campus Size:Sixty major buildings on 295 acres



Mascot: Donald Duck

Stadiums: Auzten Stadium and McArthur Court

Colors: Green and Yellow

Team Nickname: Ducks

Conference(s): Pacific 10


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Football Ranking:12

BCS Rating:12

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