Oregon's Dana Altman roasts Michigan for not yet making return trip in home-and-home series
Oregon and Michigan have played one half of an agreed-upon home-and-home series. The Ducks went to Ann Arbor for a game in 2019. They won by a single point in overtime in front of a sold-out Crisler Arena. The Wolverines have not made their trek west yet.
And it won’t be this season. Maybe next season. Maybe.
Coach Dana Altman was defiant on Monday when he met with reporters that Michigan will, in fact, make the trip that was promised.
“There’s no buyout, they’re coming,” he said. “They have a hard time answering the phone, I guess. They owe us a game and we fully expect them to repay the game. I’m sure if the shoe was on the other foot they would expect us to return it. We sure as hell expect them to return it.”
"They're having a hard time answering the phone I guess. They owe us a game, we fully expect them to repay the game. I'm sure if the shoe was on the other foot, they'd expect us to return it. We sure as hell expect them to return it."
Dana Altman on Mich not coming west, again.
— Matt Prehm (@MattPrehm) October 11, 2022
Oregon defeated Michigan in December of 2019. The Ducks and Wolverines were scheduled to meet at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene in November of 2020, but the pandemic forced the game to be pushed a year.
Then it didn’t happen. And with Oregon booked up this season, it won’t be happening this time around either. The Ducks’ 11-game non-conference schedule this upcoming season includes eight home games and three games in Portland as part of the Phil Knight Invitational from Nov. 24-27.
“Scheduling isn’t an exact science and being out here on the West Coast does create problems with some people not wanting to travel,” Altman said. “It’s a good schedule. It’ll challenge us. Going to UCLA early is going to be a tough road trip. I think Pac-12 will be pretty solid. I think our schedule will give us everything we want.”
The season begins on Nov. 7 against Florida A&M.