Altman performing feats of strength

It seems like a long time ago now that Oregon was conducting a prolonged search for its head coach, and a lot of that has to do with Dana Altman's hiring calming down the masses.

It hasn't yet been a month on the job for Altman, but bits and pieces have been trickling out about him getting acquainted with the program. For example, sophomore guard Teondre Williams mentioned to Justin Young of ESPN Radio The Score that Altman works out in the weight room right alongside the players.

"He doesn’t bench heavy, heavy stuff," Williams said. "He does a lot of stretching and benches medium weights."

OK, so the 51-year-old Altman isn't Hercules. But brick by brick, he's begun rebuilding a program that's set to move into Matthew Knight Arena with high expectations.

First comes first: you need players. Three of them transferred after Ernie Kent was fired and the search dragged on, with the latest news being sophomore forward Josh Crittle's decision to leave for Central Florida.

Altman was late to the recruiting games and didn't have a legitimate shot at Terrence Jones, but managed to sign point guard Johnathan Loyd and junior college forward Tyrone Nared -- two players who the coach had a previous relationship with from recruiting them to Creighton.

"I had a chance to see the new arena we're moving into -- that really drew my attention," Nared said in a statement.

So the buzz right now around Oregon is good, and it's going to be Altman's job in the coming months to build upon that.

Some of the heavy lifting has already begun.