BeaverBytes - Mar. 13-25

A day-by-day recap of the news regarding Oregon State football and men's basketball from Mar. 13-25.


  • Mike Cavanaugh was officially named Oregon State's offensive line coach.  Just a reminder that Jim Gilstrap is now the running backs coach while Lee Hull moves to receivers.



  • Oregon Magazines Fred Delkin took a nasty swipe at the OSU football team recently stating that the "disrespected Mike Riley" is responsible for the teams "laissez faire attitude."
  • The Associated Students of Oregon State University have asked Rep. Wirth to introduce a bill, HB3282, that would change the name of Oregon State University to Oregon Student University.  Jeez...
  • RB Rickey Herod out of Bakersfield College signed an LOI.  He will be converted to a defensive back or safety.  Read more about him at





  • The official press release for spring practice was released.  One notable statistic is the team lost a combined 296 starts and is returning 178.  Most practices will start at 3 p.m. and are open to the public.
  • Former Beaver quarterback/wide receiver/linebacker Danny Kalavi pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree assault, and driving under the influence of intoxicants.  He was sentenced to 19 months in prison.



  • Point guard Josh Tarver will be looking to contribute heavily on the basketball court next season and does not expect to redshirt.

    "They said they are looking for me to come in and play quality minutes right away," Tarver told the Portland Tribune. "Then halfway through the season, they'll evaluate whether I should get more minutes. I feel if I work hard enough to prepare, I will be ready to play."
  • Seth Tarver, a 6-5 junior is one of the most heavily recruited players from Oregon in his class.  Seth has been offered a scholarship by Oregon State, but has not decided if he will follow his siblings to Corvallis.
  • Following the Ben Siegert incident, Bob De Carolis and Mike Riley made announcements to Beaver Nation about the string of incidents regarding football players.  De Carolis first apologized then stated that university will review the "educational programs and initiatives that speak to responsible behavior, leadership and citizenship of all Oregon State University student-athletes."  The committee will consist of six to eight members.

    Riley was more positive in his statements, saying that he takes team discipline seriously, and there have been many successes in the program and that just a few reflect negatively on OSU football.



  • "At the end of the day, it all rises to the top.  The head coach is responsible, and the athletic director is responsible. And that's why Mike and I have said, from a football perspective, we need to take these steps now." - Bob De Carolis on who is responsible for the players.
  • Wondering why Oregon State is studying homosexual sheep Read on and still be confused as to why money is being dumped into this program.
  • Defensive tackle Ben Sigert will be suspended for an undetermined amount of games.
  • Along with review of university's discipline procedures, the committee will also evaluate its recruiting procedures.

    "We're going to investigate what we are doing in the recruiting process," De Carolis told the Gazette Times. "Maybe we are doing a good job. I don't know. But what are we doing in checking someone out? That may lead us to the decision to not recruit, or if we do, we know there's some baggage. We are getting these kids after 18 years of programming, and if the programming is negative, we are not going change it in 18 months."



  • Oregon State football generated $12 million dollars in 2003, second in the Pac-10 for that year.  Washington was first with $15.9 million, USC third with $10.9 million.
  • The men's basketball team averaged  7,065 fans for home games this year, the highest total since the 1992-93 season.  Upgrades to Gill Coliseum are in the future, but not until Reser's expansion is complete.
  • Chad Johnson recently served as an honorary chairman at a Special Olympics function.

    "There are some people who are telling me that I can change people's lives, or help change their lives," Johnson told "At this point in my career, I've got that kind of power. As I continue to grow and (become) more mature, I think I'll be more active."

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