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Players, Coaches split on 9 am kickoffs

As the concept of kickoffs at 9:00 a.m. across the Pac-12 gain more traction, Oregon players and coaches sound off on the pros and cons of the early games.

Posted: Aug 2, 2019 7:44 PM

Eugene, Ore. -- Lots of things to talk about heading into fall camp if you're an Oregon fan. New defensive coordinator, the return of Justin Herbert and Troy Dye all with the high expectations along with the pomp and circumstance of a marquee week 1 game against Auburn looming. But the biggest conversation was about the recent rumblings around the Pac-12 of potential 9 am kickoffs, which were met with split reactions from players and coaches.

You've heard of Pac-12 After Dark. But how about Pac-12 before dawn? Some Oregon players say no thank you.

It would really be a crazy, crazy mess to be honest," says Oregon senior linebacker Troy Dye. "Cause you gotta think, you gotta have your pregame meal before your at least 3-4 hours before your game so if the pregame meal is 3-4 hours before the game. I mean... so what time do I have to wake up." 

Head Coach Mario Cristobal didn't sound too jazzed on the idea either, but offered a possible competitive advantage for the conference.

"It's a challenge," Cristobal mentios. "I think it's interesting. I don't judge until it's done. You might say, hell play someone at home and we'll play em at 9 am. It's uncharted waters." 

That said, stacked against the late game times, where players and fans may come home at 1 am or later...some Ducks thought it over.

"When you looking at it like that, I'd much rather get it in the morning," jokes senior linebacker La'mar Winston. "But that morning gonna get me maybe just a little bit. Once I see the opposition then I'll be fine. But in the morning as a personal person looking myself in the mirror I know you shouldn't be up right now."

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