Preview the Pac-12 championship with Goe and Reid
12:28
The Oregonian: 
Welcome, everyone. I'm Joel Odom, your moderator today, and we will be joined by The Oregonian's Ken Goe and the Orange County Register's Scott Reid to preview Friday night's Bruins-Ducks game in the Pac-12 title game.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:28 The Oregonian
12:28
The Oregonian: 
Please add your questions, and note whether they are for Ken (Ducks-focused), Scott (Bruins-focused) or both.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:28 The Oregonian
12:29
The Oregonian: 
We'll get started soon.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:29 The Oregonian
12:29
[Comment From BryceBryce: ] 
Hello!
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:29 Bryce
12:29
Ken Goe: 
Hi. The sun broke through during our media availability with the Ducks late this morning. What kind of omen is that?
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:29 Ken Goe
12:29
Who will win on Friday?
Oregon in a rout
 ( 94% )
Oregon in a close game
 ( 0% )
UCLA in a close game
 ( 0% )
UCLA in a rout
 ( 6% )

Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:29 
12:30
The Oregonian: 
It never rains ...
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:30 The Oregonian
12:30
Ken Goe: 
Don Essig has been silenced
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:30 Ken Goe
12:30
Scott Reid: 
We've been hearing reports of temps in the mid-20 range Friday night.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:30 Scott Reid
12:30
Ken Goe: 
Well it does cool off in the evenings
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:30 Ken Goe
12:31
The Oregonian: 
Brrr.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:31 The Oregonian
12:31
The Oregonian: 
OK, on to some questions ...
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:31 The Oregonian
12:31
[Comment From Duck Booster 1980Duck Booster 1980: ] 
Football is a game of emotion. With the coaches removed UCLA players will play for themselves and for their school. That’s more powerful than playing for a coach. Do you think it’s possible for an upset if Oregon opens flat?
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:31 Duck Booster 1980
12:31
Ken Goe: 
Bring your long undies
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:31 Ken Goe
12:31
Scott Reid: 
The Bruins did so well in the snow and cold in Salt Lake City.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:31 Scott Reid
12:31
Scott Reid: 
No chance.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:31 Scott Reid
12:31
[Comment From BryceBryce: ] 
Too late late to swap to Rose Bowl for venue?
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:31 Bryce
12:31
Ken Goe: 
Upsets always are possible. Ask the Russian hockey team
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:31 Ken Goe
12:32
[Comment From Duck Booster 1980Duck Booster 1980: ] 
Do you think it will be a sell out...How many actually in attendance. I'm seeing lots of tickets selling for $25 bucks.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:32 Duck Booster 1980
12:32
Ken Goe: 
I don't think it will sell out, and I think some people with tickets might not come
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:32 Ken Goe
12:33
[Comment From Duck Booster 1980Duck Booster 1980: ] 
Did UCLA team quit in the USC game?
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:33 Duck Booster 1980
12:33
Ken Goe: 
I don't think it will sell out. And I think some people with tickets might not come
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:33 Ken Goe
12:34
Scott Reid: 
I don't think so. They gave up a score on the opening drive and came right back and got it to the 1 and couldn't punch it in. It was just a case of inferior talent and a poor defensive game plan.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:34 Scott Reid
12:34
Ken Goe: 
Sorry. Didn't mean to post that twice
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:34 Ken Goe
12:34
[Comment From BryceBryce: ] 
Ken - What, if anything, about UCLA defense might give Ducks fits?
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:34 Bryce
12:35
[Comment From drb1986drb1986: ] 
Any idea of what the UCLA locker room is like with Neuheisel on his way out? Was he popular with his players? I haven't heard a lot on that.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:35 drb1986
12:35
Ken Goe: 
I can't think of much. The best defense for UCLA will be to control time of possession with that pistol offense and keep the UO offense on the sidelines
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:35 Ken Goe
12:36
Scott Reid: 
He was and is popular with the players. They're upset with the firing and a lot of them feel guilty about it. But the program has had a discipline issue and next coach will need a firmer hand..
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:36 Scott Reid
12:36
Ken Goe: 
Looks like Mike Leach is going to be WSU's coach. That's one less candidate for UCLA
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:36 Ken Goe
12:36
[Comment From Duck Booster 1980Duck Booster 1980: ] 
What's your thinking on why they fired him before the Pac 12 championship game.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:36 Duck Booster 1980
12:37
Scott Reid: 
They were never interested in him this time around. Too many quirks. They've really put all their eggs into the two baskets--Petersen and Sumlin although I think Bellotti would be a great hire.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:37 Scott Reid
12:37
Ken Goe: 
Probably didn't want him twisting in the wind for five days. Plus AD Dan Guerrero now gets a jump on the hiring process
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:37 Ken Goe
12:38
Scott Reid: 
They had to fire him because it was already out. I had a story Saturday night saying that he was gone and that they wanted to talk to Petersen and Sumlin. I think Rick, being Rick, the great optimist, was the last guy to figure out he was gone.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:38 Scott Reid
12:38
Scott Reid: 
They're nervous that if they can't get Petersen then Sumlin could be gone if they waited too much longer to get in the game.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:38 Scott Reid
12:39
Ken Goe: 
Who is the third option?
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:39 Ken Goe
12:39
Scott Reid: 
Butch Jones Cincy. Tom Cable's name keeps coming up but I think he has too much baggage for UCLA. June Jones could be a dark horse, same with Bellotti.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:39 Scott Reid
12:40
[Comment From LawDuckLawDuck: ] 
Should we expect to see some creative play calling from UCLA, considering that this will be Neuheisel's last game as coach?
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:40 LawDuck
12:40
Scott Reid: 
Got any suggestions?
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:40 Scott Reid
12:40
Ken Goe: 
If June Jones and Mike Leach are both in the league, it will really open up things
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:40 Ken Goe
12:40
Ken Goe: 
I like June Jones
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:40 Ken Goe
12:41
[Comment From BryceBryce: ] 
Chances of Peterson to UCLA?
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:41 Bryce
12:41
Scott Reid: 
Video game numbers. Yeah, I think June Jones would be a great fit.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:41 Scott Reid
12:41
Scott Reid: 
I would say 50/50 at best. Boise State is a better job.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:41 Scott Reid
12:41
Ken Goe: 
I don't think there is any chance Chris Petersen goes to UCLA
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:41 Ken Goe
12:42
Scott Reid: 
You're probably right but they feel they at least have to make a run at him.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:42 Scott Reid
12:42
[Comment From Silver DuckSilver Duck: ] 
What a shame that this is the first PAC 12 Championship and the national talk is more about firing the UCLA coach and not match ups of the Ducks and Bruins. What effect does this have on PAC 12 national standing?
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:42 Silver Duck
12:43
Scott Reid: 
I don't think it has any impact. The league pretty much lost any chance to influence the season when Oregon got the late wake-up call against USC.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:43 Scott Reid
12:44
Ken Goe: 
I think most people understand the situation. Obviously, Stanford and USC are better teams, and nationally competitive. It's unfortunate that this thing worked out this way
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:44 Ken Goe
12:44
[Comment From CurtisCurtis: ] 
Assuming there is no mega upset who should the Ducks want to face in the Rose Bowl?
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:44 Curtis
12:44
Scott Reid: 
You're right because this conference is a lot better than the rest of the country thinks it is.
Wednesday November 30, 2011 12:44 Scott Reid
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