Least intimidating team names
In the 1957 season Oregon tied Oregon State for the conference title, but earned the Rose Bowl bid because of the conference no-repeat rule.The Webfoots lost 10–7 to the heavily favored and number one ranked Ohio State University in the 1958 Rose Bowl.In the 1916 season, Oregon went undefeated with seven wins and one tie under Bezdek, shutting out all but two opponents.
Enright was the least experienced candidate for the position, having been a high school coach until 1970, Although his 1972 team did beat Oregon State for the first time in nine seasons, Enright's teams only won six games in two seasons.He was succeeded by Shy Huntington, one of the heroes of the 1917 Rose Bowl.Playing at newly constructed Hayward Field, which would be their home stadium in Eugene until 1967, the Webfoots again tied Washington for the Pacific Coast Conference title in 1919, winning the tiebreaker based on their 24–13 victory over the Huskies in Seattle.Flaherty, writing in the San Francisco Examiner, said: "Len Casanova undoubtedly performed the greatest coaching feat of the season for the Rose Bowl classic...there couldn’t have been a bowl team anywhere in America yesterday that dazzled with more spectacular finesse." Casanova led the Ducks to two more bowl appearances, in the Liberty Bowl (1960 vs Penn State) and the Sun Bowl (1963 vs Southern Methodist), before becoming the second Athletic Director for the University of Oregon in January 1967, replacing Leo Harris.Future Pro Football Hall of Fame members Mel Renfro and Dave Wilcox were players under his tutelage.
In a bid to soothe hurt feelings, the conference broke tradition and allowed the Webfoots to play in a post-season contest other than the Rose Bowl.