Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Oregon players set own curfew
By Ted Miller
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- To curfew or not to curfew? That is a good question for the teams playing in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game.
Auburn is taking a loose approach to nightlife. Oregon is not.
But the Ducks aren't angry or jealous. Their strict curfew is their decision.
Ducks coach Chip Kelly a few weeks ago went to his players -- the team has 16 captains -- and asked them to decided on a curfew.
"We said, 'Hey, it's a business trip for us. We don't want to be out until 2 or 3 o'clock, partying every night,'" senior linebacker Spencer Paysinger said.
So the decision was made: Oregon players must be in the hotel by 10 p.m. and in bed by midnight.
Why not have fun? Well, it seems that some Ducks feel like they might have had too much fun at the Rose Bowl last year, which turned into a loss to an underdog Ohio State team.
"We're more focused [this year]," Paysinger said. "This game is not as big as the Rose Bowl to us, in the sense that there's not a lot of pressure on us this year. In the Rose Bowl last year, we were caught in the headlights, being in Beverly Hills, having a bunch of things going on. Down here it's a lot more relaxing. We're taking the year of experience we had [at the Rose Bowl] and applying it to this."
More than a few observers -- reporters, bowl volunteers -- have noted that Auburn's players seem more loosey-goosey, while the Ducks are more reserved and business-like.
Guess we'll find out which approach works on Jan. 10, eh?