BeaverBytes - Apr. 2-8

News and notes on Oregon State Beaver football and men's basketball from Apr. 2-8.


  • The Oregon Sports Authority is launching to an effort to shut down the Oregon Lottery's Sports Action Line in hopes of attracting the NCAA Tournament to the state.
  • Safety Harvey Whiten quit the team due to health concerns.



  • If Dennis Erickson isn't coaching this college football season he would like to make it Corvallis to see the new stadium.

    “I really want to see the stadium," he told the Portland Tribune. "That’s going to be exciting when it’s completed. A lot of people put a lot of sweat and work into it.”

  • Former Beaver cornerback Brandon Catanese who played for Riley his senior season and was caught using steroids that year, provided some insight into how much discipline Mike Riley uses.

    "Coach Riley has control, and he uses discipline when necessary,” Catanese told the Portland Tribune. “Playing for someone like him makes you a better person all around."

    “In larger cities than Corvallis, people get away with things you won’t get away with in such a small community. You’re under a microscope there. Everyone knows who you are and what you do, so you have to be on your best behavior. At least when I was there, though, there were no problems with discipline in the program. And Corvallis was a good place to live and play football.”
  • Running backs Jimtavis Walker and Yvenson Bernard are competing for the starting spot.  In a recent article Walker was asked about the downside of competing with Bernard.

    "The dreads.  That's kind of the downside of things, Yvenson has the dreads too," he told KVAL.  "But I'm better looking than Yvenson."



  • Defensive end Joe Rudulph pleaded guilty to assaulting Gabriel Sapp and will spend 20 days on probation and 10 days in jail.  Rudulph apologized to Sapp and his wife during the hearing.  He plans to appeal his suspended sentence.
  • Snapper/running back Star Paddock and running back Jimtavis Walker's case is pending after the cab driver they allegedly assaulted  failed to show for a recent court date.  Deputy district attorney John Haroldson expects the case case to reach a grand jury for possible indictment in the next 30 days.
  • Athletic director Bob DeCarolis and football head coach Mike Riley testified in front of the Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Wednesday.  This was due to the bill Rick Metsger wants to introduce establishing minimum standards of behavior for college football programs that receiver state funding. More:  The Oregonian | Statesman Journal | Barometer
  • Cornerback Rickey Herod officially joined the Oregon State football team.
  • Oregon State senior Jim Hanchett was named to the first team all-Academic Pac-10 team. Junior Lamar Hurd made the second team.
  • Former Oregon State forward David Lucas will be playing in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament from Apr. 6-9.  The annual tournament features 64 college seniors who play 11 tournament games in front of 200 NBA representatives and college basketball fans.

    In his first game Lucas shot 7 of 13 from the field and grabbed six rebounds in 23 minutes. 



  • Former Beaver quarterback Tyler Thomas is the starting quarterback for the Tri-Cities Fever after the former starting quarterback quit.
  • Offensive tackle Josh Linehan may miss the entire month of April due to a sprained posterior collateral ligament.  He has sat out three consecutive practices.



  • Go Beavs!



  • FieldTurf will be installed in Reser Stadium.  The field and installation costs are being donated by alumni while several anonymous donors are assisting with the field logos and prep work.  The new field will feature black end zones.  The installation is set to begin in mid April.  See a picture of the playing field.
  • The annual spring game will be held in PGE Park in Portland, Ore at 1 p.m..  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at or by calling the OSU Athletic department at 1-800-GO-BEAVS.
  • State senator Rick Metsger plans to introduce a bill that will establish minimum standards of behavior for the college football programs that receive state funding.



  • Former Beaver linebacker Nick Barnett will be opening a restaurant in Green Bay soon.  The venue will be called Five Six.

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