“To be honest, I felt like the people saying ‘F the Mormons’ were dumb, but I didn’t associate it with the Oregon Ducks or the school,” said Manumaleuna, who is Polynesian and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. “I’ve always been an Oregon fan, but it’s the first time I’ve seen something like this.”
North Salem High School junior quarterback TC Manumaleuna, right, during a recruiting trip to the University of Oregon. He has had a football scholarship offer from the Ducks since before he was in high school.
Even though he didn’t associate the chant with the Oregon program, Manumaleuna left the game at halftime.
“Definitely felt uncomfortable because I was with my parents and sisters,” he said. “You kind of don’t know what to say or how you feel about it at that time. We left at halftime. My dad said, ‘Let’s get out of here.’”
Manumaleuna received a scholarship offer from Oregon before he was in high school. He also has offers from Florida State, Miami and Louisville, and has not yet made a decision.
“I would never cross the Ducks off my list. I play football today because I was raised going to Duck games, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t have some kind of impact on me,” Manumaleuna said. “(Oregon defensive coordinator and linebackers coach) Tosh (Lupoi) reached out to my dad yesterday after the game and I was able to talk with (Oregon director of recruiting and LDS member) JR Moala for a little bit, too. Those guys are like family, especially JR.
“Oregon has a great coaching staff and I appreciate them reaching out to check on us. That meant a lot.”