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Former Duck offers perspective on off-field problems

Way back when I covered Washington football, I had an amusing, off-the-record conversation with a Huskies offensive linemen about the players he most hated in the Pac-10.

I won't identify the Husky player -- my guess is he would have made a number of lists among other conference teams -- but I will note that he couldn't stand this guy: Oregon's Saul Patu.

Called him all sorts of names.

I interviewed Patu a number of times, including at Pac-10 media day in 2000 when I was working on a story about Samoans in college football, and found him a colorful guy with a big personality, but more than a few folks told me he had an edge.

Rob Moseley's story about Patu these days notes that he's become "a proud husband and father. He’s the director of youth ministries at Jubilee World Outreach in Eugene, and this past season he worked as a chaplain for the Oregon men’s basketball team."

Patu has a number of things to say about Oregon's recent run of off-field problems, most prominently Ducks quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who has been suspended for the 2010 season.

Based on my mailbag, many folks believe Masoli should be banished from the football team and university and sent to prison.

Patu offers another take.