BeaverBytes - July 7-13

Football recruiting news ... August practice dates announced ... Pat Casey may take Notre Dame job ... Jay John likes where the basketball program is at ... Oregon high school prep news ... NFL Beaver updates

..| Beaver Football
Wide receiver joins football program
Chris Johnson of Grossmont College in California has signed a Financial Aid agreement and is expected to join the Oregon State University football team for the start of practice Aug. 4, head coach Mike Riley announced.

The 6-1 180-pound wide receiver will enter the program with three years of eligibility remaining. He made 15 receptions for 312 yards and four touchdowns in seven games last season at Grossmont, helping the team to the California state title ... more from
Perry hoping to build Oregon State pipeline
Corvallis, Ore., is a tightly knit community where businesses and supporters proudly hang signs such as "Beaver Nation," kick-starting the hype surrounding an Oregon State football team whose season is months away.

Jeremy Perry, a Kahuku High School alum who was Pac-10 co-Freshman of the Year last year, is all too familiar about the hype as he enters his third season with the Beavers ... more from the Honolulu Advertiser.
PAC 10 upsets? Leave it to Beavers
Last month, Oregon State finally won a national championship -- in baseball. Will the rising tide lift all Beavers?

Maybe, although it would be a stretch to call Mike Riley's OSU football team a contender for a BCS championship. Still, the Oregon State Beavers have an intriguing team, and they have four of their toughest PAC 10 opponents -- Cal, USC, Arizona State and Oregon -- at home ... more from
Chatting with Saints Receiver Mike Hass
This week it was the pleasure of the Super Saints Weekly to speak with Saints rookie receiver Mike Hass. Hass was selected on the second day of the draft by the Saints in the 6th round. A wide receiver out of Oregon State, Mike Hass is 6 ‘1' 208 lbs, but has proven on the field in college that his play is truly unmeasurable. While Mike found amazing success in college, going from a walk-on to being a vital part of his team's offensive success, he has managed to keep a confident, yet humble approach and a workman like attitude when it comes to football ... more from the MVP network.
August Camp Dates Set
Corvallis – The Oregon State University football team officially begins preparation for the 2006 season Fri., Aug. 4 with the first day of practice. The Beavers open the season Thurs., Aug. 31 against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Reser Stadium in Corvallis ... click to see full schedule.
Running back Coleman to transfer from UNLV; possibly to Oregon State
UNLV pulled off a recruiting coup in February 2005, finally convincing a local football player to stay in town rather than rush off elsewhere.

Torrie Coleman from Cheyenne High was more than just a local player, however. He was one of the top signees in coach Mike Sanford's first recruiting class, a running back with the potential to elevate the Rebels ... more from the Review Journal.
Sir Henry Anderson was released from the New York Giants.
COMMITMENT: Long journey home for Cole
If Michael Cole had verbally committed to Oregon State out of high school, he probably would have had to pinch himself, for surely he had just had a nightmare. It just wasn't going to happen. But Cole has gone through a lot since those days as a Lake Oswego Laker, and now a verbal commitment to the OSU Beavers feels as good as a trip back home .. more from

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..| Beaver Baseball
Casey mulling over his options
Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey spent Thursday mulling his options.

Casey met with OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis for several hours early in the day to go over contract possibilities and options if he were to stay in Corvallis ... more from the Gazette Times.
Beavers' Wallace carres on family tradition
Before the biggest baseball game of his life, Oregon State freshman John Wallace sat in the dugout and sent his mom a text message on her cell phone.

The Beavers stood on the brink of elimination against North Carolina in the College World Series last month. Wallace casually zipped "Happy Birthday" to Vicki Wallace's seat in the stands at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb ... more from Scripps News.
Casey gives OSU a chance to define itself
The crisis involving (please circle only one of the following) Oregon State/Notre Dame baseball coach Pat Casey continued Thursday.

What we know is that Casey interviewed for the Fighting Irish baseball head coaching job Wednesday. And Thursday, Beavers athletic director Bob De Carolis interviewed for the job of continuing to be Casey's boss. Then, pretty much everyone in Corvallis lit candles and said prayers ... more from The Oregonian.

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..| Beaver Basketball
John has program where he wants it
Jay John is starting to feel at home.

Speaking to a crowd of about 30 enthusiastic fans at the rejuvenated Albany Beaver Huddle Tuesday at Pop's Branding Iron Restaurant, the Oregon State men's basketball coach said his program is just now where he was hoping it would have been when he arrived.

"The infrastructure was unsettled when I arrived but now it's where I wanted it to be when I first got here," John said. "Our staff is approaching it as if we just got hired." ... more from the Democrat Herald.

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..| Miscellaneous Athletic Articles
Lincoln QB sticks with the gridiron and a Pac-10 plan
It's a whole new ballgame for Connor Kavanaugh.

Last summer, Kavanaugh played only basketball, and traveled around the country for Amateur Athletic Union games. This summer, he's packing footballs. In the last three months, he has been to football camps or combines at USC, Stanford, Oregon State, Oregon, Idaho, Boise State and Washington ... more from the Portland Tribune.
These prep quarterbacks have something to prove
Dan Wagner had big plans for his junior football season last year.

If everything went right, he would beat out Austin Pearce for the starting quarterback job at Jesuit, lead the Crusaders to the state championship and show everyone what he could do ... more from the Oregonian.
Is Mike Riley greater than Pat Casey?
Who is more valuable to Oregon State, Mike Riley or Pat Casey? Pat Casey might be the obvious answer, which begs the question: Why is Pat Casey paid nearly one-eighth the salary of an unproven football coach?

Even the gods of common sense, reason and logic don't understand why. Speaking of which, someone in the front office should lob a phone call to Spock about Casey's salary. Maybe he can show the logic behind Pat Casey getting a meager $100,000 a year. Even Chris Coffin thinks Casey is getting screwed ... more from the Barometer.

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