The Oregon athletic department has provided a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what a home football game day is like for Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens.
Mullens starts the day off by making the rounds through the stadium and into the tailgating scene, getting face time with many of the Ducks’ long-time supporters. I would love to see a statistic on what occurs more on a fall Saturday at Autzen Stadium: hands shaken by Mullens or Puddles the Duck push-ups after a score by the home team.
One of the hands Mullens shakes is former Oregon head coach Rich Brooks. Brooks was Oregon’s head coach from 1977-94 before moving on to the St. Louis Rams, a defensive coordinator role with the Atlanta Falcons and, finally, the head coaching job at Kentucky from 2003-09. Brooks makes his home in Oregon and, after five decades of coaching, it’s great to see him enjoy a game day like a normal civilian.
As game time approaches, Mullen migrates to the field for more conversations with those on hand. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on this night traveled to Eugene to see Oregon face Washington. During the game, Mullens journeys up to the suite level to say hello to more VIPs and watches part of the game with his wife and sons.
At halftime, Mullen greets the media covering the game and visits with ESPN’s Joe Tessitore and Matt Millen, who called the game for a national audience. He then watched the fourth quarter on the field and attended the Ducks’ post-game press conference. Then, it’s time for one last trip to his office to check in with his staff before Mullens shuts the door and heads home.
It’s just one day’s work for the athletic director at a college football powerhouse.