It's Official: OL Therien verbals [MEDIA:20319]

The Gazette-Times in Corvalis, OR is reporting that huge OL prospect Hank Therien has given a verbal commitment to join the Vandals in 2002.

An Idahoan for 6 years previously, Therien returns to the Gem State to pursue a degree in business marketing and play football for the Vandals.

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CV lineman Therien headed to Idaho
By STEVE GRESS; Gazette-Times (Corvalis, OR newspaper)

Hank Therien is heading home — sort of.

The Crescent Valley senior, who spent six years of his life in Idaho, will return to the potato capital of the world for at least the next five years when he signs a letter of intent to play football for the University of Idaho next month. He can sign on February 6.

An offensive and defensive lineman, Therien has made a verbal commitment to play for the Vandals next year. He was named honorable mention all-Valley League this past fall as an offensive lineman.

Therien, who was born in Portland before moving to Eastern Oregon, lived in Boise from his second to eighth grade years and had three chances to return to Idaho. In addition to Idaho, Boise State and Idaho State were also interested.

"I have been to Pocatello and I lived in Boise so I don't need to relive Boise and Pocatello is not somewhere where I would want to spend five years," Therien said last week. "I had a great time on my visit up in Moscow."

The school should be a good fit for Therien, who plans to major in business marketing. Idaho has recently built a new business building and is considered one of the top business schools in the country.

"It was kind of surprising and I learned that on my visit," Therien said. "You would never think that in Moscow, Idaho, you would have one of the top business schools. You think maybe (agriculture), but definitely not business."

The football program, which competes in the Sun Belt Conference, struggled to a 1-10 overall record last season. However, Therien says the program is on the rise and that helps make it a good fit.

"I really enjoyed the coaching staff up there," Therien said. "They are really laid-back guys and they just sat around and talked. It is not really a stressful atmosphere at all.

"They are kind of an up-and-coming team also, and I liked that and the prospect of it. I had such a good time with the guys. It is really neat because their team is not like a lot of teams that I have seen, like when I was visiting Oregon and Oregon State unofficially for games, they are really cocky players and it is not that way there."

That laid-back attitude fits the character of the soft-spoken Therien.

"It is really cool because I love football, but I don't get all uptight about it all the time," he said. "There is a time to just sit back and talk about things besides football. It is not their whole life."

Therien said he plans to redshirt next year and then wait and see what happens. He is glad the process is over and is happy with his decision.

"It was kind of tough because lineman often don't get picked up until later because everyone wants to get the skill players right away," Therien said. "So I was kind of like, what's going on? I have these schools looking at me but nothing is really happening yet. Finally it is taken care of."

Steve Gress covers high schools and Oregon State softball for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at 758-9512 or

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