BeaverBytes - Feb. 28-Mar.3

A day-by-day recap of the news regarding Oregon State football and men's basketball from Feb.28-Mar.4.


  • OrangeAttack updated subscribers on the status of several greyshirts on the premium board.

  • Oregon State senior defensive end Bill Swancutt did 23 reps of 225 pounds at the NFL Combine.

  • UCLA basketball player Chris Thomas became just the third player in college basketball history to accumulate 2,000 points and 800 assists in his career.  The other two players are Syracuse alum Sherman Douglas and Oregon State alum Gary Payton.

  • The Tennesse Titans are interested in drafting Brandon Browner.

  • From McCall.comDwight Perry of the Seattle Times figures Oregon State will avoid major repercussions after two of its football players were charged with trying to pay a Corvallis cab driver with marijuana for a $14 fare and then, when the driver objected, stiffing him altogether.

    ''The weed didn't trigger any NCAA violations for extra benefits,'' he wrote, ''since the Beavers are scheduled to play only one game on grass next season.''



  • unviled the Recruiting Flash a regular feature covering Oregon State football recruiting. 

  • PigSkin Pete of Oregon Magazine says Beaver football needs a better leader.  "As Leo Durocher once famously pointed out, 'nice guys finish last' and we don't expect Riley is headed in the direction of proving this judgment wrong." - Ouch, the Beaver football program can't catch a break these days.

  • The NCAA released data on the Academic Progress Rate Monday.  If the standards were put into effect today, Oregon State football would not meet the minimum standards and would be penalized.  Men's basketball would not be penalized.  All of the women's sports qualify as well.

  • The Pac-10 will not institue instant replay next year.  Head coach Mike Riley liked instant replay while in the NFL.  "I liked it," Riley said of the NFL version. "I think the intent of it is very good, which is to get it all right. But it's not that easy. It's expensive to get it all the stuff."

  • University of Hawaii offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh interviewed with OSU Monday.



  • Former Oregon State football head coach Dennis Erickson called it quits Wednesday.  When asked if he would have done anything differently before moving from OSU to the NFL he responded.  ''What I would have done differently is evaluated the situation before I decided to take the job. If I knew that some of these things were going to happen, I would have never left Oregon State."

  • Oregon State officially announced that Montgomery Gentry will perform after the season opener against Portland State.

  • Football season ticket applications will be mailed out Monday, March 7.

  • Oregon State professor Dr. Lynn Lashbrook who is the founder and president of Sports Marketing WorldWide, a Portland-based company that provides sports management training for people seeking careers as agents will stop teaching at OSU after this term after a conflict of interest.



  • Oregon State junior defensive back Brandon Browner between 4.62 and 4.69 in the 40, while weighing 6034, 221 pounds, but also did just 13 reps of 225 pounds.
  • Oregon State senior cornerback Aric Williams recorded the lowest number of reps in the 225-pound bench press at the cornerback position with just eight reps.
  • Hawaii coach June Jones told the Hawaii Advertiser that he would be "in total shock" if Mike Cavanaugh, who recently interviewed for an offensive line coach job with the Cleveland Browns, took the Oregon State job.

    "He wants an NFL job," Jones said. "He doesn't want to go to another college."
  • Former Beaver receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh resigned with Cincinnati"It was tempting to get out and really test the water as a free agent, but in my heart, what I wanted was to be in Cincinnati," Houshmandzadeh said. "I told my agents that, and we were able to get a good deal done."
  • Former Beaver linebacker James Allen signed a one-year deal with St. Louis.


  • The men's basketball team fell to UCLA, 69-61 Thursday night.
  • Dennis Dodd of tabbed Oregon State as one of ten football teams to watch in 2005.
  • Former Beaver defensive tackle Dwan Edwards high school jersey will be retired at Columbus High School in Montana Friday.
  • Former Beaver kicker Jose Cortez was not resigned by the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Former Beaver defensive end DeLawrence Grant was waived by Oakland.  The Raiders hope to sign him in a few weeks though at a reduced salary.
  • Nine scouts attended Oregon State during the first NFL Pro Timing Day at OSU Thursday. 

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