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Thursday, July 25, 2013
3-point stance: Another Ducks difference

By Ivan Maisel

1. Oregon football just got a lot more interesting. Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich told me on the ESPNU College Football Podcast that he has ceded the play calling to offensive coordinator Scott Frost. Helfrich delayed making a decision until he and Frost went through spring practice and figured out how best to work together. Helfrich said he will maintain input, and the Ducks’ veteran staff means the program will never veer off course. But it’s another thing that will change from the very successful past four seasons.

2. Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian told me he isn’t quite ready to announce the punishment for tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was convicted of driving under the influence earlier this month and was sentenced to one day in jail. But it’s possible that Washington won’t suspend Seferian-Jenkins, whom Sarkisian described as a good kid who made a bad decision. Good kid? Seferian-Jenkins, of his own accord, made an appointment with university president Michael K. Young, went to his office and apologized.

3. David Shaw, the head coach of defending Pac-12 champion Stanford, has avoided being seduced by praise for starting out 23-4. Shaw maintains that he returned to his alma mater with the intention to build a program over 20 years. In an age when coaches job-hop and the pressure to win can be excruciating, Shaw’s plan is so old-fashioned it’s almost quaint. It’s too soon to gauge history. But if Shaw stays and keeps winning, his hiring will be the example that every athletic director will try to emulate.