BeaverBytes - Feb 19-25

A weeks worth of headlines from around Beaver spring dates announced...Bruce Read hired by Dallas...Pat Casey picks up 400th's basketball splits with Washington schools...wrestling captures Pac-10 title...and more inside.

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..:: Beaver Football
T.J. is one who gets it right
T.J. Houshmandzadeh didn't know why NFL commissioner Roger Goodell included him in a meeting of the influential and ominous-sounding Conduct Advisory Committee last week. But the league, as it often does, got it right when choosing the Bengals wide receiver.

Houshmandzadeh is Exhibit A of what the league faces in dealing with off-field issues. He also is an abject lesson on how to overcome a sad background, and what the rewards of personal responsibility can bring ... more from the New Enquirer.

Football spring schedule announced
Believe it or not, spring football practice is just a little over a month away. The team will be suiting up 15 times in April with the annual spring game set for Apr. 28.

Spring practice kicks off on Monday, April 2 with practices on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for the remainder of the month. The highlight of the schedule takes place on Saturday, April 28 in the annual spring game at Reser Stadium. Practice times have not been officially announced, but are expected to start at 3:00 p.m ... more from

Read off to Texas
Oregon State University assistant head football coach Bruce Read has resigned his post to accept the special teams coaching position with the Dallas Cowboys ... more from
Home and home with Wyoming?
University of Wyoming athletics director Tom Burman said he is in talks with Oregon for a home-and-home series to occur in the next seven or eight years. He also thinks schools like Oregon State, Washington State, Kansas State and Texas Tech would be interested in doing home-and-homes with UW at the right price ... more from
Catchings contributes on the hardwood
Darrell Catchings, the player Escondido High boys basketball coach Paul Baldwin calls his "sixth starter," came off the bench midway through the first quarter Wednesday night to spark the flat Cougars to 17 unanswered points.

That outburst helped the Cougars take control against Granite Hills, as they went on to beat the Eagles 93-67 in a CIF San Diego Section Division I first-round playoff game ... more from the North County Times.

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..:: Beaver Baseball

Baseball Single Game Tickets On Sale Monday
Don’t miss your opportunity to watch the 2006 national champion and No. 9 ranked Beaver baseball team at the new-look Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, as limited single game tickets go on sale Mon., Feb. 26 at 8:30 a.m. ONLY at A state of the art video/scoreboard plus a new infield has been added to one of the nation's top facilities making Beaver baseball an even better experience for fans in 2007.

The Beavers, who have opened the season winning nine of their first 10 games, begin the home schedule March 8-10 against the Evansville Purple Aces, a team that played in last year’s NCAA Tournament and finished in the top-20. OSU also has home dates vs. UNLV, the University of San Francisco and the University of Portland. The Pac-10 slate features perennial national powers USC and Arizona State, along with California and Washington State ... more from

Beavs win 2 of 3 at River City Classic
Oregon State put up five runs in the second inning and five more in the ninth as the 15th-ranked Beavers beat California-Davis 11-2 in the opening game of the River City Classic baseball tournament Friday afternoon at Dobbins Baseball Complex. OSU (10-1 overall) collected 13 hits in the game, and Beaver righthander Mike Stutes pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.

In the second game of the tournament, Oregon State saw St. Mary’s (Calif.) score three times in the seventh inning to send the 15th-ranked Beavers to a 4-1 loss Saturday in the River City Classic baseball tournament at Hornet Field. OSU (10-2 overall) had its winning streak end at three games.

In the final game of the tournament, the No. 15 Oregon State University baseball team pounded out a season-high for runs and hits as it routed the Sacramento State Hornets 18-5 Sunday in the final game of the River City Classic. The win pushed the Beavers record to 11-2 for the season while the Hornets dropped to 2-10.

No. 15 OSU Tops Missouri 9-2 for Casey's 400th Win
Oregon State’s Mike Lissman homered, doubled and drove in a pair of runs as the 15th-ranked Beavers beat Missouri 9-2 on Sunday morning for the championship of the Coca-Cola Classic baseball tournament at Surprise Stadium. It was the 400th win at OSU for head coach Pat Casey, who is in his 13th season at Oregon State (9-1 overall) ... more from

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..:: Beaver Basketball
Beavers Lose a Close One to #9 WSU
Mac Hopson's jumper with 35.5 seconds to go put Washington State ahead for good and the No. 9 Cougars held off Oregon State, 58-54, on Saturday night at Gill Coliseum.

Washington State (23-5, 12-4 Pac-10), which trailed by as many as eight points in the second half, pulled ahead when Aron Baynes scored eight straight points to give the Cougars a 47-45 lead ... more from

Beavers Beat Huskies, 73-65
Josh Tarver had 16 points and seven assists to lead Oregon State to a 73-65 win over Washington on Thursday night at Gill Coliseum.

Marcel Jones added 15 points for the Beavers (11-18, 3-13 Pac-10), whose previous conference wins had come against Arizona State. Wesley Washington had 14 points.

The Beavers had 14 steals, with four apiece from Tarver and Washington, and shot 42 free throws ... more from

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..:: Rotating Tap
Wrestling Captures Pac-10 Championship
The No. 16 Oregon State University wrestling team captured the Pac-10 Championship for the first time since 1994, edging the host Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners at the Icardo Center Sunday. The Beavers finished the tournament with a team score of 110 points, while the Roadrunners had 105 and UC Davis 96.5.

“This is a big step for this program,” first-year head coach Jim Zalesky said. “We train all year for this time of the season. We talk about being champions and today we accomplished a big goal. I’m very proud of this team and I look forward to what is ahead for Beaver wrestling.” ... more from

Combining dream, reality
It wasn't too long ago -- maybe five years -- that Kevin Boss took a long look at his future and saw himself in a high school gymnasium, waving a clipboard and calling for somebody to step behind a screen and shoot.

This was before he grew to be 6 feet, 7 inches and 255 pounds and began using his basketball hands to catch passes for Western Oregon University. Then he started thinking about the National Football League instead ... more from The Oregonian.

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