Altman Firmly on Oregon Trail

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Byline: Bob Clark The Register-Guard

Oregon coach Dana Altman was in Kansas on Wednesday watching the junior college national tournament, in Houston on Thursday to see some more recruits and he'll be in California today as the recruiting trail leads him back home to Eugene.

Any question he's affirmed his commitment to Oregon simply by his actions?

Altman, reportedly a candidate for the head-coaching job at Nebraska, backed those actions up with words Thursday night when he said he's staying with the Ducks.

"We've started to build something here at Oregon," he told The Register-Guard, "and we want to continue it. I'm here, this is what I'm doing and this is what I will be doing."

Altman, a Nebraska native, declined to comment specifically about the Huskers' job, but he did speak extensively on his continuing task at Oregon.

The question about an Oregon coach leaving is more relevant to assistant Brian Fish, one of five finalists for the head-coaching job at Eastern Illinois, that school announced Friday.

As for the future of Altman and the Ducks, the coach said Thursday evening he's at work on only one project: improving his program at Oregon.

"We're getting some stability, but we're definitely not where we want to be," Altman said. "We're still piecing some things together and getting the foundation where we want it."

Altman's second season with the Ducks concluded Tuesday with a loss to Washington in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. …