Oregon to name new sports science center after Mariota

The Oregon Ducks are really good and they are just about to get much better. The school is planning on building a new sports science center and they will honor one of the team’s best players of the last ten years.

Go Ducks reported that the new science center will be added on to the Casanova Center’s first floor and is scheduled to be finished by September of next year. The center is being labeled as a gift from Phil and Penny Knight and will be named after 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota.

“Thanks to the incredible generosity of Phil and Penny Knight and their commitment to the University of Oregon, we’ll be able to enhance our total commitment to the student-athlete experience with another world-class facility,” UO athletic director Rob Mullens said. “Marcus is the epitome of a student-athlete, and the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Complex will be an outstanding tribute to his legacy.”

The already existent Casanova Center will see a massive overhaul, most notably a corner of the building that houses extra weight equipment. It will be turned into a state-of-the-art sports science center.

“The facility is really based on trying to objectively measure things we currently measure subjectively, as well as provide resources we currently don’t have that we know are important for recovery,” said UO director of athletic medicine Dr. Greg Skaggs.

What a great way to honor a great player who did so much for the Ducks’ athletic program.

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