Is It Whining or Speaking Fact? Oregon Accuses Ohio State Of Cheating

Caleb M.Analyst IApril 20, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  (R-L) Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks talks with head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes at the 96th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Rumors have been flying ever since the Rose Bowl ended about how Ohio State stole play signals, and won the game unfairly.

Was Ohio State cheating? Did they know what was coming?

It sure seemed like it at times. And they have been suspected of cheating in the past. In fact, nearly every school has. But this was for much higher stakes than a normal game... this was the Rose Bowl.

Mark Helfrich, Oregon's offensive coordinator, stated he felt that Oregon's signals were "compromised". Remember this is the losing coordinator talking...he may very well just be complaining because Ohio State won.

On the other hand, however, it definitely seemed as though Oregon's playbook had been cracked wide open. This means one of two things:

One, Ohio State did a lot of hard work and studying, and simply outplayed the Ducks.

Or two, they cheated and stole Oregon's signals.

Obviously Oregon doesn't like the idea of their signals being stolen, and an investigation has been started. But if you ask me, though I'm a Duck fan for life, this is ridiculous.

In fact, this is more ridiculous than high school drama, ninth grade girls, and Dancing With the Stars. 

Yes, there's some reason to think OSU stole their signals. But grow up Helfrich...I'd daresay every school in the NCAA has stolen plays, signals, or in some way cheated. It's part of the game. And as a comment stated on a similar article, if Ohio State can somehow crack Oregon's offense...good for them!

I mean, I love the Ducks. As I said I'm a Duck for life...and it pains me to see them lose the Rose Bowl like that. But let's not go overboard here. 

Did I predict the Ducks to win?Yes.

Was I pissed off when they lost? You better believe it.

But that doesn't mean they cheated. I think it's pretty low of Oregon, and doesn't reflect well on the university to be accusing schools of cheating.

And the last thing Oregon needs right now is more bad publicity.

However, this has inspired a rather interesting approach to playcalling for next year.

In addition to hand gesturing from the sidelines, members of the team will be holding up posters of four symbols or pictures. It's quite a peculiar sight...

For example, one card contained a planet earth, Shaq's head, a shamrock, and a sprinting animal. Ridiculous? Yeah, pretty much. But it's easier and faster to read, and even harder for defenses to decipher. 

The more clever and funny the picture, the easier it is to remember according to the team. Hopefully this will make for an even faster Oregon offense next year, and they're already a team built on speed. 

Even with the offseason setbacks, next season is starting to look very promising for the Ducks, and I think they may be heading to Pasadena yet again.


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