BeaverBytes - Mar. 5-11

A day-by-day recap of the news regarding Oregon State football and men's basketball from Mar. 5-11.


  • Torrey Pines punter/defensive back Jake Harry signed with Oregon State.
  • Forward David Lucas was named to the first team All-Pac-10 team for the second time.  Sasa Cuic and Nick DeWitz made honorable mention. More: Oregonian
  • The final peice of structural steel was put into place at Reser Stadium and Mike Riley received his first official tour of the expanded stadium.
  • South Medford sophomore Kyle Singler (his father Ed Singler, played quarterback at Oregon State from 1979-82) will lead his team when the 4A OSAA basketball finals start March 10.
  • Taylor Barton will become a graduate assistant football coach at Washington.
  • Former OSU assistant Charlie Camp was hired as linebackers coach at San Jose State.



  • Former Beaver receivers coach Robert Jackson was hired as Rutgers running backs coach.  Jackson coach from 1998-04 at Illinois as the WR coach and from 1991-97 at Oregon State.
  • Former men's basketball player Joe Harge who played at OSU from 1984-89 is the coach of the ABA's Arkansas Rimrockers.  Harge and his team are the No. 2 seed in the ABA playoffs.  Former Beaver forward Brian Jackson who played at OSU from 1999-2003 is a player on the Rimrockers where he is averaging 10.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.5 steals a game.  Jackson has started 21 of 25 games this year.
  • Beaver ABA alumni update.  Jimmie Haywood is playing for the Bellevue Blackhawks, Brandon Payton is playing for the Portland Reign, Charles McKinney is playing for the Portland Reign, and Deaundra Tanner plays for the Utah Snow Bears.
  • When basketball recruit Josh Tarver arrives on campus this fall, expect his brother and wide receiver, Zach Tarver, to welcome him with open arms, just not a place to stay.

    "I love my brother," Zach told the Oregonian.  "He's just a great, great person.  But no, I don't want to live with him when he comes to Corvallis.  That probably wouldn't work."
  • No one will face criminal charges in the death of OSU cornerback Justin Williams.



  • James Day of the Statesman Journal writes, "Ten days ago we offered readers an opportunity to sound off on whether it was a good idea for Oregon State football coach Mike Riley to reinstate four players who had been involved in an altercation at a Corvallis night spot. We got three responses, all of them criticizing the decision.

    What does this mean? Oregon State fans will accept a certain level of irresponsible behavior on the part of football players in exchange for winning seasons and bowl games. How high is that threshold? I don't know, but we're not there yet.

    Riley's base salary for the 2005 season is $750,000. He gets an extra $100,000 if the team goes to a BCS bowl. He gets an extra $25,000 if team members behave themselves well. Do the math."

  • Team doctors suggested that former Beaver cornerback Dennis Weathersby should retire from football.
  • The Clemens Foundation has suspended grants to OSU due to "serious issues with the quality of education at OSU...The university's recent leniency toward the unlawful conduct of certain student athletes has tarnished the school's reputation as a character-building institution."
  • Oregon State cornerback Brandon Browner will be working out on March 24th at Hawaii's Pro Day, which will be held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California where he intends to run the 40-yard dash again for scouts/coaches. Several NFL teams are looking at moving him safety, but Browner has said he would like to stay at the corner position.
  • Kamehameha High’s football head coach Kanai Souza will join OSU as the Beavers' offensive graduate assistant. He will work with the tight-ends.



  • More people weighed in with their opinions on the Clemens Foundation decision to take away scholarships to Oregon State Students.

    One person commented, "It is extremely shortsighted that members of the Clemens Foundation would believe recent trouble, involving a few football players, exists only at Oregon State University. These are large-scale social issues being brought to the forefront here only because of student athletes. They exist in every walk of life, at every school, and they cannot be fixed by denying our children a top quality education at the institution of their choice."

  • Former Beaver running back Ryan Cole signed with Eastern Washington.



  • The men's basketball team downed UCLA 79-72 (their first road win of the season) to advance to the second round of the Pac-10 tournament where they will face #8 Arizona at 6:15 pm, Friday on Fox Sports Net. The Beavers played good team basketball and did most of their damage without first team All-Pac-10 member David Lucas who was slowed down with foul trouble.
  • More b-ball notes: The Beavers have clinched their first overall winning record since 1989-90 ... They also have their most wins since that season (22) ... The Beavers earned their most conference wins and had their best conference finish since 1992-93 (nine wins, tied for fifth place) ... OSU is poised to take part in a postseason tournament beyond the Pac-10 Tournament for the first time since 1990.
  • Former Beaver quarterback Tyler Thomas is the back-up quarterback on the National Indoor Football League’s Tri-Cities Fever.
  • Pro Day was held at Reser Stadium on Thursday. Derek Anderson, Brandon Browner, Mitch Meeuwsen, Aric Williams, Jonathan Pollard, Doug Nienhuis, Kevin Davidson, and Bill Swancutt all participated in several drills which include weight lifting, agility drills and 40-yard dash.



  • The men's basketball team could not pick a win on the road this year as they fell 78-68 at USC to finish the regular season 16-13, 8-10 in conference play.  The Beavers will play UCLA in the opening round of the Pac-10 tournament on Thursday, March 10.
  • Forward Nick Dewitz was awarded the Fred Hessler Award given to the top Newcomer of the League.



  • A day of rest!

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