This is Casey Mitchell guest blogging for ST today. For the first time since 1917, the Ducks are bringing the roses to Eugene. In case you missed the award ceremony, Lavasier Tuinei came out with offensive MVP honors, and linebacker Kiko Alonso scrapped his way back from Chip Kelly's doghouse to win defensive MVP. It's people like Kiko that you really seem to root for. He ended up with five tackles, 1 and a half sacks, and of course, the clutch interception late in the third quarter that set up an Oregon scoring drive. Alonso has come a long way since his second DUI last May. Being a Junior, we will get him back for one more season. Speaking of star players coming back, De'anthony Thomas will be returning for potentially three more reasons. Thomas racked up over 300 all purpose yards at the Rose Bowl while averaging 77.5 yards a carry. In what could have been his final game in a Duck uniform, LaMichael James went out with a bang with 159 yards on the ground, but most of all, he brought a Rose Bowl back to his city.
According to sources, Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O' Brian has been hired as Penn State's new head football coach. O' Brian coached 12 years in the ACC as an assistant and was hired by the Pats in 2007. He went to Brown University and that was actually Joe Paterno's Alma mater. It won't be an easy task to take over the situation over there at Penn St. We'll see how it all pans out.