EUGENE — The plan is indeed reality.
Marcus Arroyo, Oregon’s outgoing offensive coordinator and UNLV’s new head coach, will coach and call the play for the No. 6 Ducks (11-2) against No. 8 Wisconsin (10-3) in the Rose Bowl.
“Marcus will be the offensive coordinator for the game and in the same capacity he’s been working,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “It was important, No. 1, to make sure that the players, the program are the most important thing to keep in mind when making that kind of decision. In coming to that decision it was a matter of realizing that we’re very systematic. We do things a certain way; we work together and we’ve gotten here together as a family, as a program, as team, the players and coaches, by doing things a certain way and everyone’s earned it. Everyone’s had a piece of that, a part, a major role in doing so.
“In meeting with Marcus we had talked about the type of regimen and schedule that must be kept up in order for this thing to be successful, because that’s always the first question you want to ask: how can a guy balance two things? There’s not a single second that we typically commit to a weekly process that is being compromised. He’s pulling some real long hours to make it work with his new appointment, which I’m super and we’re all incredibly happy for him. He’s done a really good job. He’s a tremendous human being that has been really loyal to the program and to our players. Our offense ends up being second or third in just about every category in the Pac-12 conference and I believe top 15, top 14 in the country. A lot of credit to him. Appreciate all the work he’s done. We’ll wish him the best – after this game – in his new job.”
During his introductory press conference at UNLV last week, Arroyo said, “the Rose Bowl is an opportunity that I plan on being a part of.”
Oregon returned to a regular schedule Sunday, to the practice field Monday and will practice the remainder of the week before breaking for the holiday and reconvening in Los Angeles Dec. 26.
Arroyo and defensive coordinator Andy Avalos will hold interviews after practice Thursday.
With National Signing Day over, Arroyo can focus on game-planning for the Rose Bowl and complete his staff hires after bowl games are completed.