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The Quiet Affirmation

Mike Bellotti faces the media (Photo/S. Summers)

Media Day held Tuesday for the University of Oregon football program was noticeably different this year from those in the past. And, I'm not talking about the new venue – the plush Stadium Club facility in Autzen Stadium instead of the Pittman Room in the Casanova Center.

This year there was no talk of Heisman Trophy candidates or repeating as conference champions or the Bowl Championship Series. There wasn't even any discussion about why the national pollsters weren't paying the team its requisite level of respect. The event appeared to be devoid of all hubris. How refreshing. I had to read through the media guide to find that Oregon still held the best...

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