"He said absolutely - he was gonna call us," McGarity said.
The impending expansion of the Pac-10, bringing Colorado and Utah aboard, is creating scheduling issues for those teams. Oregon did not want to have to go to the other coast in 2016, any more than Georgia wanted to do the same the year before.
"It worked out great. Both schools just said this is something we don't need to worry about anymore," McGarity said.
"We're getting back at 6 a.m. Sunday morning, and we've got a big game to prepare for the next day. It'd just be like you or me getting back. You're not gonna sleep on the plane, I don't care what you say. So you really lose a day. You're gonna be worn out already."
Durham says he's ‘fine'
Despite the nagging injuries, Durham leads the team with 17 catches and 324 yards receiving. He expects to be back on the field this Saturday against Colorado.
"The neck is fine," Durham said. "I pinched a nerve, caused a little numbness, tingling, that sort of thing. I should be fine for this week. I don't expect any kind of delays or any kind of missing or anything like that."
And Durham even downplayed the tendinitis, playfully blaming offensive coordinator Mike Bobo for making such a small issue public.
"That's been fine," he said. "That was Bobo saying something. I got a little tendinitis but that's fine. It's hasn't slowed me down. I'm not the fast of foot, but it hasn't slowed me down any."
His recovery is going well, he says, and he expects to be on the field more often this weekend against Colorado.
"It's a lot better than it was," he said. "It's been getting better every day. If it keeps going like it's going, I think I'll be good to go."
Chapas initially hurt the ankle in the second quarter of the South Carolina loss three weeks ago. He was blocking a defender when another player fell and rolled over his ankle.
The worst part of missing time, Chapas said, is that he is actually more nervous watching the game than playing.
"Yeah I've learned that you get a lot more nervous when you're watching, especially in that Arkansas game," he said. "I was going crazy over there. I guess when you're playing you don't really feel the nerves as much I guess. So you know, and it is frustrating just watching it and not getting in there. We're looking to turn this thing around. We'll be all right."
He said it
"Yeah, I would say I feel like they don't trust me. What their reasons are, that's between them. But you know, like I said, I'm just asking that they keep coaching me and eventually one of those days give me a shot to do what I can do."
- Reserve inside linebacker Marcus Dowtin, who is frustrated with his playing time.