There was good news and potentially not-so-good news on the Scott Pagano front Thursday for Oregon. A transfer from Clemson this offseason, Pagano suffered a broken bone in his foot in the Tigers’ mid-November win over Pitt that forced him to miss the remainder of the regular season. After moving on to the Ducks as a graduate transfer in mid-April, UO’s medical staff decided he needed to undergo surgery to repair the damage in his foot. First-year head coach Willie Taggart Thursday declared the defensive lineman ahead of schedule in his recovery from the medical procedure, but didn’t guarantee he’d be on the field for the 2017 opener. “Something he had that he needed to be corrected,” Taggart
The names of most of the boosters listed in the Notice of Allegations vs. Ole Miss are now public. The school released the names of 12 of the 14 boosters listed in the notices on Friday to comply with a Mississippi Ethics Commission order. The names had previously been redacted from the public notices, causing some guessing to take place as to who the boosters were.
Hugh Freeze may have been blindsided by his unceremonious exit from Ole Miss, but at least one of his former players has his back. Homeless for stretches of his teenage life, Michael Oher was taken in by the Freeze family — a 2014 Bleacher Report article notes that “Oher spent one to two nights a week at their house” — while Freeze was the head coach at Briarcrest Christian High School in Memphis. Oher went on to play football for Freeze in high school, with his compelling life story forming the basis for the Academy Award-winning film “The Blind Side.” The player and the coach have formed a deep bond that stretches back more than a decade, a bond that hasn’t been broken despite the latter’s