Worst Oregon Sports Injustice Ever
You know, I was pretty miffed back in the day when Joey Harrington and his Oregon Ducks were forced by the BCS to play in the Fiesta Bowl instead of the Rose Bowl, despite being ranked #2 in both the polls. But I think what the Oregon women's soccer team just got smacked with is far worse.
After the Ducks' emphatic 3-1 victory Sunday over USC - a team that ended the season fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference standings but received a tournament bid Monday - Oregon was so sure of its postseason chances that coaches cautioned the Ducks to take care of homework because they would be traveling Friday to a first-round NCAA Tournament game.
There are 64 teams in that tournament, the Ducks were 2nd in the conference, and they didn't get a bid.
But the team's tournament dreams came crashing down Monday when the brackets were announced and Oregon discovered that it hadn't been picked, putting an abrupt end to the Ducks season and leaving Oregon coaches and players bewildered.
The team beat No. 24 Arizona 2-1 and No. 3 UCLA 2-1, winning eight out of 10 games to end the season.
It ended the season as the No. 17 team in the Soccer America rankings - the first time an Oregon team had ever been ranked.
Worst. Injustice. Ever.