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Oregon recruit T.C. Manumaleuna leaves UO vs. BYU game because of offensive chant

North Salem quarterback T.C. Manumaleuna and his family left the Ducks game at halftime

North Salem quarterback T.C. Manumaleuna grew up a huge fan of the Oregon Ducks and Marcus Mariota.

In fact, he cites the Heisman Trophy winner as the reason he plays the quarterback position today.

Manumaleuna, a junior, made headlines when he was offered a scholarship by the Oregon football program before he had even begun his freshman year of high school.

Over the weekend, the 6-foot, 190-pound signal-caller took a return trip to Eugene to watch the Ducks take on BYU.

Sitting next to the student section during the game, Manumaleuna and his family, who are members of the LDS Church, heard chants of "F___ the Mormons." 

It rubbed Manumaleuna and his family the wrong way, and his father Clarence elected to leave at halftime.

News of his halftime departure was first reported by The Statesman Journal

"We were up where all of the students were sitting. We were right next to the student section," T.C. Manumaleuna said in a phone call with SBLive on Monday. "At first they weren't (saying) harmful chants, but they got to 'Eff the Mormons.' At that time, just hearing that... it was kind of weird for me. It kind of hurt. My dad said let's just go right after. After hearing those chants we decided to leave." 

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Despite the negative experience, Manumaleuna said the chants don't impact his feelings about the Oregon football program.

"I think it was just the student section," he said. "I have a really close relationship with coach (Dan) Lanning and coach Tosh (Lupoi)... and also J.R. Moala. I have a really close relationship with them. It was just a mishap of that trip, but Oregon is still my favorite. That's the reason I play football, because I was an Oregon fan." 


Manumaleuna is considering BYU, Cal, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State and Washington State - some of whom have offered and some who have expressed interest in recent weeks. 

He intends to visit BYU again soon, as the Cougars are a contender for his services. 

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