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Oregon sports history

1986: Ducks pick D-coordinator; Drexler favorite for Sixth Man Award


Jan. 7, 1986

 The Oregon Ducks have been looking for a new defensive coordinator (sound familiar?).

Coach Rich Brooks selects Denny Schuler, 39, who played wide receiver at UO from 1967-69. Schuler returns after one year as an unpaid special assistant with the NFL Los Angeles Rams. Before that, he spent two years as D-coordinator at Cal. He replaces Joe Schaffeld, who is stepping down as coordinator but will remain on the UO staff. Schuler also is named secondary coach.

 Clyde Drexler says it is a "real honor."

What is it?

He has just been named NBA player of the week.

Drexler is considered a virtual shoo-in for the 1985-86 NBA Sixth Man Award. He was second to Kevin McHale in the Sixth Man voting last season.DREXLER

 At Corvallis, Lorenzo Romar sinks a 20-footer with three seconds to go as Athletes in Action sinks Oregon State 73-72 in a nonleague basketball game.

• The Class AAA boys basketball rankings for the week have these teams in the 1-5 spots: Corvallis, Benson, Grant, Wilson and David Douglas. And Jefferson is No. 10.

Two months from now, Tony Ross-led Grant will give coach John Stilwell the state title as the Generals edge Mike Doherty's Corvallis Spartans 56-54.