Mike Riley at Pac-12 Media Day

MIKE RILEY, along with WR Brandin Cooks and CB Rashaad Reynolds, took center stage on Pac-12 Media Day.

Mike Riley said the Beavs have had a very good offseason.

He said the Beavers did lose "a lot of good players" to graduation, such as CB Jordan Poyer, DT Andrew Seumalo and WR Markus Wheaton and they're looking for guys to step up in fall camp.

Brandin Cooks said without Wheaton, he expects more double coverage. But he said other receivers on the team, such as Richard Mullaney, Obum Gwacham and Malik Gilmore are more than capable.

Riley said he doesn't forsee the new practice guidelines (maximum of two full contact practices a week) changing things at OSU and he's pleased the conference has implemented the new safety rules.

Riley said replacing starters will be the biggest challenge in fall camp and this season, specifically in the middle of the defense, while the OSU strengths are players like Cooks and Reynolds, the leadership on the squad and the experience level on the Beavs.

  • Larry Scott, Pac-12 Commissioner, said the Pac-12 offered a deal to DirecTV "fundamentally the same" as the one they have with 50-plus other distributors, but that they remain as far apart as they were last year -- and he said it was clear there would be no deal with DirecTV this season. He urged DirecTV subscribers to switch if they want to get the Pac-12 Networks -- "I urge our fans to drop Direct TV," said Scott.

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  • The Pac-12 announced the final 2014 bowl tie-ins, with the Las Vegas Bowl and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl joining the already announced Rose, Alamo, Holiday, Fight Hunger and Sun Bowls with Pac-12 tie-ins.

  • Scott said the new safety initiative as it pertains to limitations on practice contact would be released later today.

    Update:
    The Pac-12 announced they will limit full-contact practices to two days per week during the regular season. Pac-12 schools will also be limited to two full-contact workouts per week during spring practice. Contact is also being limited during two-a-days in fall camp, with only one of the sessions can feature full contact.

    The Pac-12 defines full contact as "any live tackling, live tackling drills, scrimmages or other activities where players are generally taken to the ground. Full contact shall not include thud sessions or drills that involve "wrapping up" where players are not taken to the ground and contact is not aggressive in nature.


  • Scott said that confidence in the NCAA enforcement process "is at an all-time low," and said a summit to be held down the road to discuss change in the NCAA, in January, will be key.

  • Oregon State was picked to finish third in the Pac-12 North, behind Oregon and Stanford. USC, despite four first place votes, was tabbed third in the Pac-12 South behind No. 2 ASU and No. 1 UCLA.


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