Oregon State

Are college student/athletes really just assets?

Oregon's rumored bail from Pac-12 is just bad for the state
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

There’s a lot of online discussions these days about the University of Oregon leaving the Pac-12 Conference for better exposure and bigger financial numbers in the Big 12 or even Big Ten, and it’s all wrong for the state.

It’s probably a good decision to the bottom line for Oregon’s athletic department, and especially its football program, but the school needs to remember it’s a public institution and there should be a lot more commitment to that than a few dollars and better positioning for the College Football Playoffs.

Yes, USC is apparently looking hard at that same move, which has social media abuzz with which other schools would bail from the Pac-12, and Oregon is either next, or right behind UCLA with Washington in there, too.

That would leave the Pac-12 with eight schools, including Oregon State, and a huge drop in revenue for each so that it would then need to add members or merge with another conference such as the Mountain West.

And, it’s all basically related to football and its four-team national championship playoffs.

The Pac-12 does just fine competitively in every sport, right up to the four-team CFP, which is an annual battle to play into ahead of a second team from the SEC. This past season, Oregon won the Pac-12 and was in the discussion for a spot until a late-season loss at Arizona State knocked it out. Even though the Ducks won the conference title game with a dominating performance, being a conference champion of one of the five Power Conferences - along with the ACC and All-American Conference - doesn’t mean anything to the CFP voting committee, which probably still would have put one-loss Alabama ahead of one-loss Oregon into the Final Four.

Is that one thing enough to leave behind the Pac-12 and sister school Oregon State?

Here’s a "no" vote on that.

A key thing to figure in is the athletes that make the school what it is. Sure, each school wants to give its athletes the best experience possible, and that revolves around money to a significant degree. But, is football the complete measure of an athletic department’s capabilities?

If the conference champion can’t compete for a spot in the CFP equally with the second-place team from the SEC or Big Ten without being unbeaten, should the entire world of college sports on the West Coast change?

College football is already crazy with how much money is delivered to head coaches - many of whom are more known in each state than, say, the governor (at least until recently).

The Athletic’s Andy Staples recently wrote this four-team move should happen into the Big 12, which would become the Big 16 (even though the Big 12 only has 10 schools and would thus become the Big 14) - what a crappy name to be part of.

The Pac-12 has tons of history that doesn’t seem to be much of a factor in these rumors, only money does. Plenty of athletes - student/athletes - love being part of the history of the conference. Winning a conference title has that flair attached to it. It’s not just a conference title, it’s a Pac-12 title with a list of former champions that goes back to 1916 for some sports - football and baseball. That would all be gone with a conference title needing wins over schools such as Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas State.

And, again, Oregon State gets absolutely lost in that, as would Washington State for that state.

Oregon State scrimps along to compete in the Pac-12, as does Washington State, but those schools compete relatively equally in many other sports - remember the national title the Beavers’ baseball team won in 2018? And 2006, and 2007?

Rumors are great for social media, especially these days where there’s no actual contests to bounce around. But, Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens would do the state a great favor by talking over this subject with media and putting the Ducks squarely in the conference it’s been a part of for more than 100 years.

 

Oregon finally overcomes

No. 14 Ducks end three-game skid to Oregon State
Staff Report

The Oregon men's basketball team got back on track - in-state anyway - with its drive to own the Pac-12 Conference Thursday by beating Oregon State, 69-54, at Matthew Night Arena in Eugene.

It wasn't a surprise as Oregon entered ranked No. 14, while Oregon State entered just above .500. But, the Beavers had won the past three contests with the Ducks, including a 63-53 decision at Gill Coliseum earlier in the month. Hot shooting in the second half, though, helped Oregon pull away and end that particular skid on the way to moving back atop the conference standings.

Oregon improved to 22-7 overall, 11-5 in conference games, and into a tie with UCLA for the PAc-12 lead. The Ducks have home games with California and Stanford next week to round out the regular season.

Oregon State dropped to 15-13, 5-11 with home games against Stanford and Cal next week.

Senior Payton Pritchard, as he has nearly the entire season, led Oregon with 23 points, including 15 in the second half. Will Richardson added 15 points and Anthony Mathis had 13 for Oregon, which led just 29-25 at the half.

Ethan Thompson and Tres Tinkle combined for 29 points to lead the Beavers, who hit six of 20 3-point shots. Oregon hit 11 of 23 - 5-of-9 by Pritchard.

 

OSU snares its top prospect

Jonathan Smith returns to Corvallis as head coach
Staff report

Oregon State has finalized a deal to bring Jonathan Smith back to Corvallis as its next head football coach.

Sports Illustrated and The Associated Press reported earlier Wednesday that Oregon State chose to hire Smith, a former Beavers quarterback who has been part of a Washington staff that has led the Huskies to consecutive double-digit-win seasons.

"I want to thank President Ray and [athletic director] Scott Barnes for their confidence in presenting me this opportunity to return to Oregon State University to be the head coach," Smith said. "I also want to express my gratitude to Coach (Chris) Petersen for providing me a path to realize my dream as a head coach."

Smith has been working as quarterbacks coach for Petersen since 2012, starting at Boise State, and then at Washington, starting in 2014.

He also had stops as an assistant at Montana and Idaho. He was a graduate assistant at Oregon State from 2002-03.

Smith was a walk-on in Corvallis, playing for the Beavers from 1998-2001. He started a quarterback on Oregon State's 2000 team that went 11-1 and defeated Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl under coach Dennis Erickson.

"We are very excited about having Coach Smith lead our program," Barnes said. "We interviewed several qualified candidates and Coach Smith emerged as our top choice. He brings to Oregon State football an impressive plan to build our program. He has a unique perspective on what it means to be a part of Beaver Nation and to be successful for our student-athletes on and off the field."

A fan favorite during his playing days, Smith ranks third on Oregon State's career list with 55 touchdown passes and 9,680 passing yards.

Oregon State has been in the market for a new coach since Gary Andersen surprisingly stepped down in early October after a 1-5 start, with the victory coming over Portland State.

 

OSU finally runs out of Rodgers

Speed will help Oregon State prep for the upcoming season
Aug. 6, 2012 / By Frank Hoaglin, oregonsports.com

Monday marks the beginning of a new era for Oregon State football. 

For the first fall camp in five years, one of the most recognized names in Beavers history will be absent. Every OSU fan knew this day would come eventually, as both the Brothers Rodgers were destined for bigger things once their careers in orange and black were finished.

The brothers: James and Jaquizz; will never truly be replaced, but the current Oregon State offense is loaded with speed and agility that should help ease the departures.

Although sophomore running back Malcolm Agnew endured an injury-plagued freshman year, he flashed occasional Quizz-like brilliance and will be a fixture in this year's backfield along with oft-injured junior Jovan Stevenson and fellow sophomore Terron Ward.

Stevenson, also known for his speed and agility, has great hands out of the backfield and Ward displays "lightning in a bottle" capabilities, so it will be curious how Beavers head coach Mike Riley allocates touches on a game-by-game basis.

The veteran at the skill positions, Markus Wheaton, returns for his senior season and will surely be used in fly-sweep packages. Sophomore speedster Brandin Cooks is also a candidate for use in the fly-sweep, and will combine with Wheaton to help stretch the field for sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion.

Cooks displayed brilliant speed on several occasions last season, particularly in his first career touchdown reception, one where he got behind BYU defenders and tracked a Mannion pass into the end zone. Writers and analysts talk about "Pac-12 speed," something that teams will have to be weary of when planning for the likes of Wheaton and Cooks.

One last piece to keep an eye on this fall will be sophomore wideout Obum Gwacham, a former Oregon track star who likened his skill-set to that of a former OSU great, Chad Johnson. The tall, lanky receiver has elite athleticism and game-breaking speed that goes along with being a track star. As Mannion improves his accuracy, he'll look to utilize Gwacham's large frame and long reach in the passing game, something an OSU quarterback has lacked in the past few years.

There is no lack of speed in this year's Oregon State offense, something the Rodgers Brothers can look on from on the outside and be proud of.

 

Cunningham leads Beavers past Utah

Oregon State rebounds from blowout loss with a blowout win
Feb. 4, 2012

Jared Cunningham scored 20 points to help Oregon State pound Utah 76-58 in a Pac-12 Conference men's basketball game Saturday.

Cunningham, who scored 27 in an upset of Oregon last week, hit seven of 16 shots from the field and six free throws to help the Beavers win for the fourth time in five games.

Devon Coliier added 14 points on 6-fof-10 shooting and Joe Burton added eight points and 11 rebounds for Oregon State, which improved to 15-8 overall, 5-6 in Pac-12 play.

The Beavers missed all nine of their three-point attempts, but finished hitting 46 percent of their field-goal attempts.

Oregon State plays host to Washington State on Thursday.

 

Beavers get wiped out by Stanford, 103-101

A four-overtime loss leaves OSU with a split of weekend series
Jan. 7, 2012

Oregon State missed an opportunity for a huge upset win when a last-second three-point attempt bounced away at the buzzer and allowed Stanford to exit Gill Coliseum with a 103-101 victory after four overtimes in Pac-12 Conference men's basketball play Saturday.

Jared Cunningham scored 19 points and Devon Collier had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Beavers. Joe Burton added 18 points and Eric Morland had six of the team's 11 blocked shots, which set a team record for a single game.

OSU had never before played four overtimes, and matched its highest point total in a conference game.

Cunningham played 54 of the game's 60 minutes.

"Well, that was one to remember, even though we didn't win," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson told media afterward. "I couldn't be happier with my team. I thought they fought hard. Tonight they realized that they can play with anybody in the country."

The Beavers, who beat Cal on Thursday, dropped to 11-5 overall and 1-3 in conference action. Stanford is 13-3, 3-1.

 

OREGON STATE 92, CALIFORNIA 85

Oregon State won its first Pac-12 Confernce men's basketball game behind dual 24-point games from Jared Cunningham and Ahmad Starks Thursday night.

The Beavers surpassed 90 points for the seventh time this season - a school record - and beat California 92-85 at Gill Coliseum.

OSU led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but needed a 9-3 run to pull away after the Bears had rallied to with 77-73.

"I couldn't be more proud of our team and our effort, especially coming off a weekend (losses to UW and WSU) like we had," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson told media after the game. "I knew that if we could take care of the start, and it almost didn't look like we were going to down 5-0, that we would play well and go toe-to-toe with them."

The Beavers (11-4, 1-2) play host to Stanford Saturday night.

 

Beavers have a win streak in mind

Oregon State prepped for BYU's passing attack
Staff Report

After enduring its first 0-4 start under Mike Riley, the Oregon State football team has a chance to get a win streak going Saturday when it plays host to Brigham Young at Reser Stadium.

The Beavers finally got into the win column with a 37-27 victory over Arizona, a win that helped the Wildcats remove coach Mike Stoops earlier this week.

Brigham Young isn't in the leadership state the Wildcats were when they visited Corvallis, and figures to be a much tougher opponent with a 4-2 record. The Cougars have a win at Mississippi and lost 14-13 at Texas in their first two games. Their other loss came in their home opener against Utah. The Utes ton 54-10.

OSU plays at Utah in two weeks.

Oregon State will have the challenge of matching other team's defensively against the Cougars. BYU has not scored more than 29 points in a game, which it did in a 29-16 win over San Jose State. The Cougars have won their four games by an average of just six points.

OSU got another solid offensive performance last week, with quarterback Sean Mannion throwing for 297 yards and two touchdowns, and Jovan Stevenson getting 99 yards on the ground. The Beavers racked up 27 points in the second quarter and survived a comeback attempt with two key defensive stands in the fourth quarter.

Arizona quarterback Nick Foles threw for 378 yards, but had just one TD pass.

 

Beavers look for answers to get into win column

Oregon State and Arizona are a toss-up to bettors

Oregon State might not have a win this college football season, but the Beavers haven't been losing badly enough to make the nation disrespect their potential.

Heading into Saturday's home game with Arizona, the Beavers are a one-point underdog to the betting community.

The Beavers have an improving passer in Sean Mannion, who set school records for completions (40) and attempts (66) in a 35-20 loss at Arizona State last week, and a potentially explosive running game behind freshman Malcolm Agnew. And, Arizona is 1-3 overall.

Game time is 12:40 at Reser Stadium.

The Beavers should be 1-3, but lost their season opener to Sacramento State in overtime. That loss is coupled with losses to Wisconsin, UCLA and Arizona State. The losses to the Bruins and Sun Devils were competitive games into the fourth quarter.

Mannion is averaging 253 yards through the air and Agnew ran for 223 yards before suffering a slight injury against Sac State, which has kept him out of the past three games.

 

Beavers get a big upset opportunity

OSU plays at Big Ten favorite Wisconsin

The Oregon State Beavers saw how to react to a huge upset win Saturday on their home field, now it's their chance to capture the same feeling for themselves.

OSU lost to Sacramento State of the Big Sky Conference at Reser Stadium in overtime Saturday, and gets Big Ten favorite Wisconsin this weekend - in Madison, Wisc.

The Badgers, ranked 8th, enter the game at 1-0 after pummeling UNLV 51-7 Saturday.

Making the game even more of an upset opportunity is the loss of freshman running back Marcus Agnew to a hamstring injury suffered in practice. Agnew ran for 223 yards and three touchdowns against the Hornets, but will not play Saturday.

Senior James Rodgers also will not play.

The Beavers are still in limbo at quarterback, too, after Ryan Katz and Sean Mannion split time last week.

Game time is 9 a.m.

"We have obviously a big challenge ahead of us," Beavers coach Mike Riley said this week. "A lot of this will be a mental factor for our team. I think if we can, in some fashion, take that last game and learn a lot from it, and then focus, then we'll play a better football game."

The Beavers have the week off after Saturday to prepare for a home game against UCLA.

 

Beavers can't believe loss to Sacramento State

A two-point conversion boosts Hornets to 29-28 win

Sacramento State, a team not even predicted to win the Big Sky Conference, handed Oregon State a frustrating loss Saturday in the college football opener for both teams.

The visiting Hornets scored with a two-point conversion on their possession in overtime and beat the Beavers 29-28 before 41,581 fans at Reser Stadium.

OSU got 233 yards and three touchdowns from freshman Malcolm Agnew and freshman Sean Mannion took over in the second half at quarterback and rallied the team from a 21-6 deficit into a tie score.

The Beavers missed winning the game by inches as regulation time ran out when a 27-yard field-goal attempt by Trevor Romaine hit the right upright, forcing overtime.

Agnew scored on a 17-yard run and Romaine, who kicked two field goals earlier in the game, hit the point-after, but the Hornets scored when Brandyn Reed caught a 6-yard pass from Jeff Fleming and the duo hooked up for the two-point conversion and the win.

Fleming threw three touchdown passes in the game.

Oregon State played eight true freshmen, a record for a game under coach Mike Riley.

 

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