What do you anticipate from Ryan Katz in his second year as starting quarterback?
MR: He's capable of a big leap. He kind of went as our team went [in 2010]. Or maybe our team went as our quarterback [did]. Those games that we won he was terrific, but when we were just average we lost, and he didn't play as well. I anticipate him growing to be more consistent.
What's it like being just up the road from the Ducks in Eugene these days?
MR: It's not unlike what happened to this whole league when all of a sudden USC was [beyond] everybody else. Oregon has raised the bar. We want to get back to where [the rivalry] is on an even keel. It's just one more challenge we have to deal with. We have an identity here. We do good things. We love our life, basically.
SI: HOW DO YOU REPLACE JACQUIZZ RODGERS?
MR: THAT'S THE MILLION-DOLLAR QUESTION. YOU COULD GO A LIFETIME AND NOT COACH A GUY LIKE THAT. IT MIGHT HAVE TO BE BY COMMITTEE.
Your off-season retreat is an old German farmhouse in Texas hill country. What do you like about that area?
MR: We always enjoy [our] little place on the Guadalupe River down there. We like the music and the food in the area. It's really kind of fun. We're thankful to be able to do it.