OSU: Lots of coach, recruiting movement

THINGS ARE GETTING very interesting on the assistant coaching and recruiting fronts at Oregon State. Beav offensive coordinator John Garrett isn't being retained. QB verbal commit James Pensyl tells the Oregonian new coach Gary Andersen says he'll have to wait until the new OC is named before knowing if his scholie offer will be honored. Meanwhile, Andersen's DC at Wisconsin is said to be ...

... staying at Wisconsin. Dave Aranda is expected to be joining Paul Chryst's new staff when Chryst is announced as the new Wisconsin coach later today, according to multiple reports.

And according to Salt Lake City radio, Gary Andersen is "doing all he can" to hire Utah defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake (pictured above).

Sitake is seemingly in high demand because Utes’ AD Chris Hill’s made a decision (one he has since come under fire for) not to extend Sitake's contract, leaving Sitake headed into the last year of his deal as a virtual free agent this past season.

Sitake was making $500,000 and former Beav DC Mark Banker was making $505,008, according to USA Today.

Sitake will likely be seeking a raise but OSU is at least was in that general area so it's at least easier to see how that might happen.

Sitake’s resume speaks for itself.

Something to keep in mind: it’s always possible with these moves, that Sitake could use Oregon State to leverage Utah into a very sweet deal in both terms of salary and security. It happens continually over the course of the silly season of college football hirings.

On the other hand, the Utah media has said repeatedly that not showing Sitake the love, and loyalty, has damaged the longstanding relationship with Utah, with one Salt Lake City columnist pegging the chances of Sitake staying at Utah at mighty slim.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin offensive line coach T.J. Woods and defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a are expected to be named as soon as today as the first official members of Andersen's staff at Oregon State.

BYU director of football operations Zach Nyborg, who worked under Andersen previously, as well as Wisconsin strength and conditioning coach Evan Simon, director of recruiting Vince Guinta and director of football operations Jason Thomas have all been reported as coming to Oregon State and could also be announced as early as today.

Back on the recruiting front, DL Hunter Mattox told Scout.com he flipped his OSU verbal to WSU after days/weeks of not hearing from anyone at Oregon State after Mike Riley jumped ship to Nebraska.

Oregon State's verbal commit list has dwindled to 15 including soft verbals but one thing to keep in mind:

Andersen has weighed the pros and cons, across multiple fronts, of honoring recruits' scholie offers from the previous staff or ... setting out at this late date in the recruiting cycle to try and get more of the types of recruits who will better fit his systems. And so in some cases, such as James Pensyl's, Andersen has made the decision to at least potentially go in another direction.

On the surface, it may look like OSU is losing guys. And in some cases, that's certainly going to be true. But in others, it will be by design.

It's going to be one helluva wild offseason for Beaver Nation.

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