Somehow, it could get worse for Oregon

Oregon will be down to eight scholarship players if it is determined that guard LeKendric Longmire is ineligible for the season.

The Register-Guard reports that this is likely to happen due to Longmire's academics and that the senior currently isn't participating in individual workouts.

"It doesn’t change much," [coach Dana] Altman said of working out with a reduced roster. "We're fine. ... The guys are working hard and I would prefer to talk about the guys who are here."

Altman did say that "maybe" the roster could be augmented with scholarship players, with the possibility that one or more transfers could enroll at the UO in the next week. Altman also plans to hold tryouts for possible walk-ons, after school starts.

Longmire, who at this time is the team's second-leading returning rebounder, would be joining a long list of players unavailable for Altman, who has dealt with plenty of bad news in the first few months of his tenure.

Michael Dunigan abruptly turned pro earlier this month and is among the subjects of an extra benefits investigation. Four players have transferred, including three who decided to leave during the school's lengthy coaching search.

Altman is left not only with a short-handed roster, but one that was also banged-up enough for him to cancel a scheduled preseason tour of Italy.

Forward Joevan Catron is working his way back from missing nearly all of last season with a back injury, and two walk-ons have been hurt as well.

If the Ducks end up pulling students out of the stands at Matthew Knight Arena and handing them jerseys, you'll know things have gotten worse.