Dana Altman says 'I'm not leaving' day after airing frustrations about Oregon support
Dana Altman told longtime Oregon area sports columnist John Canzano Wednesday morning that he’s not leaving the Ducks and that his postgame vent session after Oregon’s 61-58 loss to Wisconsin on Tuesday night was just that — a frustrated head coach venting.
Altman made headlines when he called the Ducks’ attendance for Tuesday night’s NIT quarterfinal game “embarrassing” and said, “If It’s me, then make the change. Make the change. Somebody will hire me somewhere.” In a piece published to Canzano’s substack page on Wednesday, Altman told Canzano he “probably shouldn’t” have said what he said in the manner he said it.
“I was mad at the world,” Altman told Canzano. “It was end of the season. We gave away the game at the free-throw line. We didn’t execute. I blew off some steam. I usually don’t do that. I did last night.”
Altman went on to say he has set the bar at Oregon at Sweet 16. Anything less than a berth in a regional semifinal is a disappointment. He called the Ducks’ 21-15 season a disappointment — one that came on the heels of last year’s disappointing 20-15 season.
“I need to be better,” Altman said, per Canzano. “And we need players who want to be here. My staff has to want to be here. Fans need to want to be there. We need everybody moving in the same direction. That’s what we need — we need everybody all in.”
Altman has four regular-season conference championships, three conference tournament titles, seven NCAA Tournament appearances, and a Final Four on his résumé at Oregon. He’s the program’s all-time winningest coach and has as many regular-season league titles as every other coach in school history combined.
“I’m not leaving,” he told Canzano, “unless they want me to.”
And even after Tuesday night, the Ducks might not yet want him to.