"They were like little kids out here throwing snowballs around," said Oregon head coach Chip Kelly of his team and the playful atmosphere of Wednesday morning's practice inside Autzen Stadium. "Some of them have not seen (snow before)."
The cheery mood of the team resulting from Tuesday's snowfall seemed to play well on Kelly, who allowed even himself to indulge in the moment as he jokingly offered a snowball in the shape of a heart to members of the media. While severe weather conditions aren't necessarily in the forecast for Friday's game against Arizona, Kelly addressed questions as to whether or not he believed his team had an advantage heading in to the game.
"Sometimes I think more is put in to that than it is," remarked Kelly. "It is what it is. They're a real strong team and I got a lot of respect for Mike (Stoops). I don't think the weather is going to be a factor in this game."
Heading in to the Ducks' game against the Wildcats, a bit of drama has surfaced surrounding the eligibility of sophomore running back LaMichael James after a published report suggested that James may have been the beneficiary of improper benefits. The Willamette Week reported that questions arose when James acquired a white 2003 Range Rover from a family friend living in Portland. James reportedly exchanged his 2000 Ford Mustang for the new vehicle after being lead to believe he was being stalked by a person who was leaving notes on his car. It has been determined that the exchange of vehicles did not constitute a violation of NCAA rules and James has been effectively cleared of any wrongdoing by both the NCAA and the University of Oregon. Today, Kelly addressed the article.
"I'm not concerned with it at all," said Kelly of James' situation. "We knew about this. Every one of our players has registered their cars with us and when LaMichael switched cars, he registered his car with us.
"He switched cars with a friend that is a pre-existing friend before he got (to Oregon). It was a 2003 (Range Rover) with I think 96,000 miles on it...if he was going to be ineligible, we would have held him out for Cal, but we have nothing to worry about and he has nothing to worry about."
Official Oregon Injury Report:
QB Nate Costa (knee), DB Marcus Davis (knee), WR Lavasier Tuinei (shoulder), OL Darrion Weems (leg)
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