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With the PK80 taking place during the Thanksgiving weekend to honor Nike co-founder Phil Knight, Oregon has elected to move their Civil War football game with Oregon State back a day from Friday November 24 to Saturday the 25th.
The school issued a press release, listed below, explaining the move and how it also caters to the women’s basketball team, who is hosting a their own even for the PK festivities.
“Fans of Oregon football and men’s basketball will be able to watch both teams in showcase events the final weekend of November.
The Civil War football game, originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 24, has been moved back a day to Saturday in coordination with ESPN, which will televise the PK80 basketball tournament in Portland that same weekend. The UO men’s basketball team, which played in this year’s Final Four, is participating in the event, with games Thursday, Friday and Sunday of that weekend.
Oregon and Oregon State will meet in the Civil War football game at Autzen Stadium on Nov. 25, with kickoff time and television information to be announced. The Ducks are entering their first season under head coach Willie Taggart, and opened spring practice Wednesday.
That presents the possibility of a doubleheader featuring UO football and the women’s basketball program, which reached the Elite Eight this season and returns all five starters.
The UO women are hosting a four-team event called the PK Invitational in Matthew Knight on Nov. 25, in which the Ducks will face Oklahoma and Connecticut will play Michigan State.
The men’s PK 80, named to honor the 80th birthday of Nike co-founder Phil Knight, begins Thursday, Nov. 23, and features two eight-team tournaments to be played at the Rose Garden and Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Participating schools include Arkansas, Butler, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, 2016-2017 NCAA runner-up Gonzaga, Michigan State, newly crowned national champion North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas.”
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