If it looks like a duck, if it sounds like a duck, if it acts like an undisciplined team of ducks...
The University of Oregon started this football season flying high. Both the preseason AP and Coaches Polls ranked the Ducks #3 behind Alabama and Ohio State. There were aspirations for a national championship.
The season unfolded -- the way seasons always do -- and Oregon stumbled along the way. A loss at Stanford put the title hopes on ice. Still, the Rose Bowl -- "The Granddaddy of 'Em All" -- was not only within reach, it was within the Ducks' control. Yet several high-profile players scoffed at the idea, saying it was "not a big deal" to play at the Tournament of Roses.
They didn't have to worry about it for long, as a loss to Arizona took Oregon out of the Pac-12 title game and a run for the roses. That put the Ducks in a much different pond, eventually resulting in a bid to the Alamo Bowl to face equally-troubled Texas.
Then THIS happened:
Let the record show, Your Honor, that I said plenty of stupid things and did plenty of stupid things in my youth. However, I never endangered others in such a manner. This goes beyond the pale of college shenanigans.
The lack of discipline at Oregon has been noted many times. So have the [ahem] less-than-rigorous academic standards at the university. Oregon has a bad reputation already; this will not help.
If it walks like a Duck...