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Monday, December 19, 2011
Oregon site 'compromised' with fake quotes

By Eamonn Brennan

Today, I published a post citing a page from the Oregon Ducks athletics site in which coach Dana Altman was transcribed as giving several quotes -- funny, rather harmless, but altogether out-of-character quotes -- to the assembled media following Oregon's 67-54 loss to Virginia last night.

Those quotes were fakes, according to Oregon sports information director Chris Geraghty, who this afternoon confirmed to ESPN.com that Oregon's site had been "compromised" sometime Sunday night. The Ducks athletics office is working to resolve what appears to have been a hacker's additions to Altman's postgame pull-out quotes.

The fake included Altman saying Virginia forward Mike Scott "didn't impress me" and included a phrase in which Altman complained that even the Ducks' pregame meal of spaghetti had been overcooked. A screenshot of the fake quote sheet is available here.

Video of Altman's press conference is available at the Ducks' men's basketball site. Geraghty recommended readers view the video, which has not changed since it was posted originally Sunday night, to get an accurate measure of Altman's postgame comments. He also said he reached out to Virginia as early as Sunday night to make sure coach Tony Bennett and others knew the quotes weren't real.

Geraghty said the school would update with more information as it became available.

In any case, Altman did not say he was unhappy with his team's pregame meal (spaghetti or otherwise), and he was not "unimpressed" by Virginia forward Mike Scott, who had 17 points and 13 rebounds in Virginia's road win. We know that much.

Of course, that leaves aside the part where we all wonder who, exactly, takes the time to perform such a hack, but perhaps that's another discussion for another time. Weird day, this.