One of the best signing day pieces I’ve come across was produced by George Schroeder of Oregon’s Register-Guard, who put the puzzle together of how Plant DB Eric Dungy ended up with the Oregon Ducks.
Among the story’s revelations were:
-Dungy wasn’t on Oregon’s radar until a few weeks before signing day.
-According to Oregon coach Chip Kelly, Dungy was not recruited because of his famous father, former NFL coach Tony Dungy.
-Kelly did call Tony Dungy after Ducks RB LeGarrette Blount threw a punch in a game last fall, but Kelly claims the elder Dungy never mentioned his son.
-Kelly had a previous relationship with Plant coach Robert Weiner. He had recruited past Panthers because their offense is similar to Oregon’s.
-Kelly’s decision to recruit Dungy was based partly on the strong recommendation Weiner made last month at a coaches convention.
-The fact Oregon wanted Eric for Eric and not for Tony apparently helped him pick the Ducks. “That’s what I think really sold my son on Oregon,” Tony Dungy said on Dan Patrick’s radio show. “He just got to the point where he didn’t feel like it was coach Kelly and his staff doing anything special for me, but they were really interested in him.”
--KEITH NIEBUHR (firstname.lastname@example.org)