Oregon speedster Devon Allen finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles at the Rio Olympics, a disappointment, for sure.

But the bigger shock this summer was Oregon football only taking “bronze” in the Pac 12 media poll. And that was just in the conference’s North Division.

Skeptical scribes awarded preseason gold to Stanford, which lost to Oregon last year in Palo Alto, and handed silver to Washington, which has lost 12 straight to its lower-land rivals.

What in the name of Baron Pierre de Coubertin is going on here?

Did Phil Knight declare for bankruptcy? Did someone pull the plug on Oregon’s talent pool, which was greener than the diving pool in Rio? The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.