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Brent Barry, Zach Hagemeister, and Steven Jackson are just a few Beavers that made the news this week. A recap of Oregon State men's basketball and football news can be found inside.

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FOOTBALL BYTES

  • Lions running back Artose Pinner should be in the mix now that James Stewart is gone, but his lack of durability is cause for concern. Team president Matt Millen will be looking hard at Virginia Tech's Kevin Jones and Oregon State's Steven Jackson with the No. 6 pick in April's Draft, so Pinner's value could be swallowed up before spring minicamps...more
     
  • Zach Hagemeister has qualified and will enroll at OSU on March 29 in time for spring ball...more
     
  • OSU officials have applied to the city of Corvallis for several minor modifications to the Reser Stadium expansion/renovation project, which was approved by the Corvallis Planning Commission on Oct. 15...more (at the bottom of the article)
     
  • Calvin Carlyle was released by the Green Bay Packers this week...more
     
  • Taylor Barton is recovering quickly after having his colon removed in August.  He has gained weight and energy...more
     
  • 2004 Spring Looks:  The Pac-10...CollegeFootballNews.com

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BASKETBALL BYTES

  • From Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune:  "In November, the father of The Seattle Times' terrific sports columnist, Steve Kelley, died in his native Wilmington, Del.

    The next day, Steve wrote a moving piece about Bill Kelley's lifelong love affair with sports, and in particular, University of Delaware football, always the connecting rod between father and son.
    A month ago, Matt Wade, a former community director for the Seattle SuperSonics, ran into Kelley.

    "Hey, that was a cool thing Brent Barry did," Wade said.

    "What are you talking about?" Kelley asked.

    Unbeknown to Kelley, the Sonic guard had read the column and quietly made a $1,000 donation to University of Delaware athletics in the name of Bill Kelley.

    Does that tell you just about all you need to know about Brent Barry?

    "He is the absolute best," Kelley says of the former Oregon State standout. "Brent is not a phony, he is not a suck-up, he's just who he is -- a special young man who is interested in people and in being a good person."

    Whoa, can the NBA use a few more of those.
     

  • Oregon State has shot 60 percent or less from the free throw line five times in 26 games, including the last three. The Beavers have hit just .536 (30-56) from the charity stripe over the last three contests after making .722 (65-90) over the previous four.
     

  • Oregon State has turned the ball over less than 10 times in three conference games this season, all victories (vs. UO, @ WSU, vs. UA). On the other side of the court, the Beavers have forced 18-plus in each of its last four games, well above their opponents' season averages. OSU entered the week leading the conference with a plus-2.65 turnover margin.

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HEADLINES YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

Building interest
Slowly, the numbers are starting to add up for the Oregon State men's basketball program.

It isn't reflected yet in the standings, where the Beavers are 11-15 overall, ninth in the Pacific-10 Conference at 5-11, and on their way to a 14th consecutive non-winning season as they prepare to host UCLA at 7:37 tonight at Gill Coliseum...more


Jackson climbing NFL Draft ladder
Steven Jackson's decision to leave Oregon State a year early appeared to be a no-brainer at the time, and now it is looking even smarter.

Jackson's stock appears to be rising as the NFL Draft approaches, and now he is waiting to see whether he will be in New York or Las Vegas for the April 24 draft...more
 

Tongue samples market
If you had plans to fly to Seattle this fall to watch Reggie Tongue in a Seahawks game, you're probably going to have to change them because the Lathrop High School graduate is an unrestricted free agent in the National Football League.

The 30-year-old strong safety could be leaving Seattle the same way he came to the Emerald City. The Seahawks signed him in 2000 as an unrestricted free agent from the Kansas City Chiefs, who selected the former Oregon State University standout in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft...more


Game plan shifts quickly on coach
Hmm, on second thought, maybe this 49ers coaching job isn't everything Dennis Erickson dreamed it would be. Maybe it's not even close.

He had good reason to want this job when he took it a year ago -- and 49ers fans had reason to believe he was the right man for it...more

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