So we have a new athletic director at the University of Oregon. Comes here after an 8 year run in Lexington at Kentucky. Nice that we can get a first hand evaluation from a guy like Rich Brooks who has worked at UK during the entire time Rob Mullens was there. I'll categorize Brooks' evaluation of Mullens as filled with "praise". Cool. He's only 40 years old and according to current Wildcat and former Oregon State A.D Mitch Barnhart he's a numbers whiz so critical in these days of massive operating budgets. Duck coach Chip Kelly was on the committee that hired the new guy says he was impressed by those willing to provide a killer recommendation for Mullens. These are all people I've long admired and whose opinion I value, so I'm on board. Also, I'm not the type of person who delves too deeply so I'll concede to those more in the know.
Quite the day at St. Andrews. The South African Louis Oosthuizen(ooost-hoozen)has the big lead heading into the weekend. Guy has missed 9 of 15 cuts in the previous PGA events he's participated in. He's 12 under. Ties the 36 hole record for the The Open Championship. Last year it was 60 year old Tom Watson, a 5 time winner who nearly stole the title. Here in 2010, the 89 champ, Mark Calcavecchia in the hunt after following yesterday's 70 with a dazzling 67 to sit 2nd. He just turned 50 last month and obviously would be the oldest major winner ever. FYI, it's still Jack at age 46 when he won the 1986 Masters. Tiger and the 1st round leader, Rory McIlroy are still out on the course. The 21 year old McIlroy went in the tank under the conditions. His 63 tied the record for the best round ever at any major. Right now he's +8 on the day with just 3 holes to go. Ouch! Woods is even for the round, and while 7 behind Ooosty, just 2 out of 2nd place and a possible slot in the final pairing tomorrow.