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Report: Oregon WR Huff arrested on DUI charges

Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:17 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Unfortunately for Chip Kelly and Oregon, traffic-related arrests are nothing new for Ducks. And thanks to wide receiver Josh Huff, they're going to remain nothing new for a little while longer.

The Eugene Register-Guard reported that Huff was arrested by Eugene police in the early hours of Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence, as well as driving without a license and speeding. A police spokeswoman said Huff was pulled over at 1:22 a.m. after being spotted speeding in Eugene. Huff was taken to Lane County Jail and released to an acquaintance after completing sobriety tests.

An Oregon spokesperson said the Ducks were aware of the incident but would have no further comment or disciplinary action at this time.

Huff, a rising junior, is the Ducks' leading returning receiver at the wideout position, having caught 31 passes a year ago for 431 yards. Huff has also returned kickoffs and had more than 200 yards rushing as a freshman in 2010. Though Kelly is -- as always -- somewhat spoiled for choice when it comes to offensive playmakers, the departures of LaMichael James, Darron Thomas and Lavasier Tuinei means that Huff should nonetheless play a much more prominent role in the offense in 2012 than he did a year ago; any absence via suspension would likely have a noticeable impact, despite the presence of De'Anthony Thomas.

Complicating matters is that Huff's arrest will do nothing for his program's continuing image as one rife with discipline issues and petty lawlessness. Even if the charges stick, Huff's punishment isn't likely to be too stiff--but Oregon's history might make it stiffer than it would be elsewhere, and that punishment in turn could have serious on-field ramifications. It's safe to say Kelly has had better weekends.

Of course, Kelly also has bigger things to worry about right this second. For columnist Gregg Doyel's take on the Ducks' impending NCAA violations case, click here.

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Since: Feb 3, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:48 pm

Report: Oregon WR Huff arrested on DUI charges

Two things here: number one you're a Washingotn State fan and you're talking trash? Your school's program hasn't been relevant since Ryan Leaf, and you have the audacity to comment on anything?
Secondly, your school hired Mike Leach, a man who has proven that he is not the best guy when it comes to morality. (Insert Adam James) here. When the Cougars manage to win more than 5 games in a season during this decade then maybe, just maybe your opinion will matter. This comment coming from a non Oregon ducks fan.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:12 pm

Report: Oregon WR Huff arrested on DUI charges

Spread the news! A college student was drinking! This is news! This has never happened before! Yeah, right. Jerry Hinnen must be new here. He must be new to college athletics. He must not understand the reality of college athletics. They are played by student-athletes. And students are learning to deal with new freedom and life. Huff will learn a valuable lesson here. The university will deal with his infraction. But it is not news. It does not reflect on the university. Anyone that thinks it does is naive beyond all measure. Just a kid, boozed up and driving - big mistakes but correctable. Just like on every other college campus. Oregon is not a program out of control. Last year they did not give themselves their best chance to beat LSU in Dallas because Harris needed a lesson and got one. This year the same will likely apply. That is because coaches set standards for their players and must, above all, be consistent in applying those standards. Chip Kelly has addressed his team's issues timely and completely. Nothing to see here. Let's move along to real news.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:03 pm

Report: Oregon WR Huff arrested on DUI charges

Trouble is, you referenced a on Oregon which deliberately omitted facts and sources an admitted criminal who had been fired by Oregon.

Gregg Doyle says:

What we know is this: The Oregon football team paid some guy in Houston $25,000 for scouting materials that didn't exist. What did exist? A number of high school football players who were mentored by that same guy in Houston, highly regarded recruits who ignored all those football schools in Texas to play way the heck up there in Oregon. Why would they do that? That's not for me to say, but those are the dots. Feel free to connect them.
Facts omitted: that the team received numerous scouting materials at the time over the phone. He provided input for a spreadsheet they maintained on each player. That information was timely. That information was valuable. That information caused the NCAA to back off stiff sanctions. That information did not meet the letter of the allowance for scouting services so they asked for the base documents to support that letter of the requirements. They received garbage instead. The seem to have met the spirit of the requirements. They also only obtained one recruit friended by Lyles and that recruit, Seastrunk, never played a down for the school. As for Texas recruits playing in Oregon, Doyle perhaps has never been to Oregon (I have, it is beautiful) or if he has it does not suit his hatchet job intentions. Recruits play in Washington and Oregon from Texas and Florida. Recruits play in Florida from Washington and Oregon. With the national prominence of Oregon and the extremely successful offense that Oregon runs what recruit would not consider Oregon? Hatchet-job Doyle wants you to think Oregon is paying recruits. This despite an NCAA investigation that cleared the program of any such wrong doing. Doyle wants the reader to forget his own earlier hatchet job since the NCAA failed to support his allegations then. The NCAA must be wrong.

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:53 pm

Report: Oregon WR Huff arrested on DUI charges

If Mike Leach coached the hooligans at Oregon they would have half a roster come fall.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:45 pm

Report: Oregon WR Huff arrested on DUI charges

This is Oregon.  Nothing to see here.  He might sit out a quarter against a non-conference cupcake but no more than that.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:22 pm

Report: Oregon WR Huff arrested on DUI charges

Oregon will be having open tryouts this spring if they have anymore transfers or arrests in the football program. It seems that when the lid comes off a program, it explodes off. For years, people have been saying that something smells in Eugene. The last few weeks with the NCAA on the Texas scouting service scandal, the transfers, and the arrest have proven that the smell had a dead source.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:41 pm

Report: Oregon WR Huff arrested on DUI charges

It is true that a 4 game suspension would send more of a message. You have to look at it though from what college football is really about. Money and Wins. 90% of teams would not even suspend their players for this action in the offseason so they can maintain the competitive edge. Chip Kelly's job as a football coach is to win games for the school so it can make money. Trying to keep the integrity of the program is a very hard job when you consider how players are treated on campus and all the media coverage. These kids are stars and get a celebrity mentality that no one can touch them. Who can blame them with the all the ESPN, SI, and talk show media coverage college athletes get. Shoot even High School kids today. 1 game makes sense due to the fact it shows the NCAA that they are taking this infraction seriously and punishing the player. Also, allowing Oregon to keep its competitive edge during the regular season. 

As much as a hard lesson would help this player learn his lesson, that is not why he is at the University of Oregon or any player at any school in the NCAA for that matter. These players are recruited to put wins on the board and get their schools into big bowl games so the school can make money. Plain and simple. The idea of student athlete and these schools care about these players is a joke.  

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:37 pm

Report: Oregon WR Huff arrested on DUI charges

Everyone makes mistakes, some people learn from them and move forward, not making the same mistake again.  Other's continue to make poor choices and end up in more trouble.  You never want a gifted athlete to be the next Lawrence Phillips (Nebraska), but you have to punish players when they make mistakes, just as anyone else would suffer for the same offense.  He should likely get suspended for a few a games and have to attend additional counseling, etc.  Players have to realize (fair or not) they are held to a higher standard.  Their actions, in addition to impacting themselves, impact team mates, the program and the University, all in negative ways.  if you cannot be big enough to understand this and act appropriately, then you do not deserve to represent the school.  Hopefully this was a one time blunder, he learn from it and become better for it.  If he does something stupid again, you have to dismiss him as he is going to continue on the wrong path.

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:10 pm

Report: Oregon WR Huff arrested on DUI charges

@Lance, I disagree. I think a stiffer penalty is in order. As I said for Skov, I think the same should be true for anyone really. First time offense, 4 game suspension, and second offense dismissal. That would set a very low tolerance bar, while at the same time send a very clear message to the rest of the team.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:06 pm

Report: Oregon WR Huff arrested on DUI charges

As a Duck Fan I am getting tired of all these arrests by players. They need to start thinking about their program's image and not of themselves. I'm sure Chip Kelly will slap an opening game suspension on Huff and put him on a team probabtion just like he did with Cliff Harris. This arrest is a serious matter in the sense that a DUI can be a dangerous crime. However, this was a misdemeanor crime committed in the offseason and not on campus. Most schools would not even slap a suspension on Huff and just let him pay his fines and take his DUI courses. Chip Kelly is a coach that believes in the image of his program when it comes to his players breaking the law. That being said I think a 1 game suspension will be plenty and Huff will be on probabtion. If he breaks his probation then further suspension or removal of the team will be necessary.


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