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Former Oregon coach Mike White: ‘You cannot say this wasn’t politics’ to send Ducks to Texas for NCAA softball regional

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EUGENE — Mike White recognizes the NCAA Regional pairing of No. 12 seed Texas with Oregon will naturally draw interest, but don’t count the former Ducks coach among those who find the likely postseason matchup entertaining.

White, who spent nine years at Oregon and led the Ducks to a 435-111-1 record with five Pac-12 titles and five Women’s College World Series appearances, left UO for Texas in the summer of 2018. He and former Ducks Lauren Burke, Shannon Rhodes and Mary Iakopo will host their former team, as well as Saint Francis (PA) and Texas State, in Austin starting Friday afternoon.

“It’s something you kind of expected that the political forces would get together and want to do something like this,” White said. “Oregon doesn’t deserve a (No.) 21 seed given their record in a lot of people’s eyes. You could say the same for Clemson. You can say the same for Washington not being the 16 seed. There’s a lot of things that could have…

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