BeaverBytes - Mar. 12-18

A day-by-day recap of the news regarding Oregon State football and men's basketball from Mar. 12-18.


  • The Bakersfield Blitz of Arena Football League 2 singed former Oregon State center David Lose.

  • Jefferson basketball juniors Marquis Hall and Lathen Wallace are both interested in attending Oregon State. The Beavers have shown Hall interest and have offered Wallace a scholarship.

  • The Clemens Foundation to pull their grants to Oregon State have caused much debate. More peopled weighed in saying the foundation is too narrow sighted.



  • Oregon State assistant coach Kevin Mouton was in consideration for the San Jose State men's basketball head coaching position.



  • Defensive tackle Ben Sigert was pulled over for speeding last week, he was doing 60 in a 25 mpg zone. He had a stolen ram in the back of his pickup truck that he took from the OSU sheep barns, the funny thing is that he claims to not remembering taking the ram ("I don't know anything about that," he said. "I'm from a city. I don't know anything about sheep."). The 20-year old also failed a sobriety test registering a .14 blood-alcohal reading, .6 above the legal limit. Former OSU football player Brent Bridges was also in the vehicle.

  • Cottonwood High defensive tackle Simione Fili tested well at the Nike Combine in Los Angeles this week. Keep an eye on this sophomore as he will be one of the most heavily recruited players in Utah.

  • BeaverFootball 101, the annual Beaver football workshop for women, has been set to take place at the Valley Football Center, Saturday, April 23 from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm. For more information visit

  • Brad Coen, who transferred from Oregon State in 2001, played his last game for Southern Oregon. The senior wing was a member of the Cascade Conference All-Defensive team this year. He also averaged 10.4 points per game while hitting a team high 68 three-pointers.



  • An opinion piece from the Gazette Times (kind of hard to disagree with the person):
    Rein in the drunks on OSU team

    The most recent entrant in the "What were you thinking?" category goes to Oregon State University football player Ben Siegert. The junior defensive tackle from Glendale, Ariz., claims to have no memory of wrangling a 200-pound ram from the OSU sheep barns about 1:30 last Friday morning.

  • The men's basketball season ended in the first round of the NIT when Cal State Fullerton's Ralphy Holmes hit a jump shot as time expired to lift the Titans over OSU, 85-83.  The Titans are a very active team with their hands and feet.  They killed the Beavers on the offensive glass and with their back door cuts.
  • Another opinion piece, this one from The Oregonian's John Canzzano, suggests that Riley should be harder on his players.

    "And what about Beavers football coach Mike Riley?

    We just don't know. Because when Riley should have been sending a stern message about drunken driving and publicly ripping his player for embarrassing the university and football program, he went silent."
  • Mike Slaughter, a defensive end from Allan Hancock College recently singed a letter of intent to play at Baylor.  Oregon State was interested in the 6-foot-6,  260-pound player, but did not offer him a recruiting trip until Tuesday, which was too late.



  • The Beaver football program has been receiving a lot of press over the sheep incident.  The Beavers made the front page of  One of the more humorous headlines from the incident came from the North County Times -- "Drunk Beaver found with stolen Ram from gay sheep project." Some Duck fans are trying to work out a plan to buy 40,000 sheep noise makers for the Civil War.
  • According to The Arizona Republic, John Saintignon, who coached at Goodyear Desert Edge High School last year, is on the verge of accepting an assistant coaching position at Oregon State.



  • Two days after doctors suggested that Cincinnati Bengal Dennis Weathersby retire, the cornerback was released.
  • Arizona coach Lute Olson is not happy with the Pac-10's TV arrangements and used the Pac-10 Tournament to voice his opinion on the subject.

    "I'm concerned because I don't think our guys in the Pac-10 get the kind of recognition nationally that they should," Olson said. "Something is wrong that has to be fixed.

    "If that means a change in the TV contract, or that means a change in what is being done at the Pac-10 level, I don't know. But something is haywire."
  • After releasing DeLawrence Grant last week, the Oakland Raiders will try and sign him soon.
  • Baltimore Raven defensive end Dwan Edwards is expected to start this year.



  • Josh Tarver, who will be attending OSU on a basketball scholarship, scored 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out four assists during Jesuit's 57-53 victory over Lake Oswego in the 4A State Championship game.

    "It's a great feeling," Tarver said. "I've always dreamed of this, and now I've got it."

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