BeaverBytes: Mar. 5-11

Riley's contract extended...Joel Cohen gets sixth year...Carl Sommer sweeps Evansville...Jacoby Ellsbury profile from the Boston recaps from the Gazette Times...and more.

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..:: Beaver Football
Riley's contract extended through 2012
Oregon State football coach Mike Riley and the Beavers (essentially athletic director Bob De Carolis) have agreed to a new six-year contract that will keep the 1971 Corvallis High graduate in Corvallis through the 2012 season, according to sources very familiar with the negotiations.

Both parties have reviewed the agreement and it has passed muster with OSU's legal beagles. Look for an official announcement to be forthcoming in the near future ... more from Books Hatch.

Special teams coach to be hired shortly
From Brooks Hatch: Riley has also completed interviews for the special-teams coach vacancy and should make a hire shortly so the new coach can familiarize himself with the team before the start of spring practice on April 2.

The new assistant will come from outside of the current staff. He'll replace Bruce Read, who resigned last month for a similar job with the NFL's Dallas Cowboys after three years at OSU.

Lewis, Enyart on 2007 Ballot for College Football Hall of Fame
Jess Lewis, Oregon State-Defensive Tackle- Named First Team All-America in 1967 - Played in the College All-Star Game, East-West Shrine Game and Coaches All-America Bowl in 1970 - Two-time First Team All- Conference selection (1967, 1969).

Bill Enyart, Oregon State-Fullback-Named First Team All-America in 1968 - Played in the College All-Star Game, All-American Game, Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Game and was named Hula Bowl MVP in 1968 - Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1967-68)

Sommer enrolled for spring term
True-freshman Carl Sommer from Wilsonville High School has been admitted for spring term and will join the football team for April’s practice session.

Sommer, a first team all-state defensive lineman, signed a national letter of intent last month. He will be the second Beaver on the team to join the program after graduating from high school a term early – sophomore quarterback Sean Canfield enrolled in the spring of 2005.

Cohen awarded sixth year
The NCAA has announced that Oregon State University football student-athlete Joel Cohen has been awarded a sixth year of eligibility.

Cohen, a 5-11 249-pound senior from Bartlett, Ill., is the program’s long snapper for field goals and punts. He is part of a unit that returns senior placekicker Alexis Serna, senior holder Jon Strowbridge and sophomore punter Kyle Loomis.

Cohen played in all 14 games last season and the first three of 2005 before suffering a season-ending injury in game three at Louisville. He transferred to OSU from the College of Dupage in Illinois, where he played one season. He missed his first two eligible seasons following graduation from Bartlett High School in 2002 due to an injury and played in 2004.

Stroughter mentioned as one of the top receivers in the nation
Sammie Stroughter, Oregon State: The loss of experienced quarterback Matt Moore will hurt the Beaver offense, but look for Sean Canfield to develop into a solid quarterback. Canfield has a good arm, as evidenced by his 335 passing yards in limited action.

Stroughter is a nice weapon for fantasy owners, but only caught five touchdowns last year. Despite his lack of touchdowns, Stroughter toted up 1,293 receiving yards, which was fifth best in the NCAA. How fast Canfield emerges will dictate how successful Stroughter will be this year ... more from

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..:: Beaver Baseball

Beavers sweep Evansville; improve to 17-3
In OSU's first home of 2007 the Beavers Jordan Lennerton went 3-for-4 and homered in his first home at-bat as the eighth-ranked Beavers beat Evansville 9-2 in non-conference baseball. OSU (15-3 overall), playing its first home game as defending national champion, had Mike Stutes pitch 6 1/3 innings and strike out five before a crowd of 1,907.

In the second game of the series, Mitch Canham’s grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted eighth-ranked Oregon State to a 6-2 win over Evansville. Joe Paterson pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run for OSU (16-3 overall), which won its fifth straight game before a crowd of 1,787.

In the final game of the series, Mike Lissman doubled home Darwin Barney from first base with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as eighth-ranked Oregon State beat Evansville 3-2. Daniel Turpen pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs for OSU (17-3 overall), which completed a sweep of the Purple Aces (9-7) and won its sixth straight game.

The next three game series starts Friday and ends Sunday against San Franciso. It is a 4 p.m. start time Friday and 1 p.m. start times Saturday and Sunday. The first 1,000 fans at Sunday's game will receive a 2007 team poster.

Ellsbury a rare talent
When her son Jacoby calls home, as he did the other day seeking advice on what bedding to buy, Margie Ellsbury said the conversation usually begins like this.

"Ya-ah-teh, Tsui."

"Ya-ah-teh, Shi-yazh." ... more from the Boston Globe.

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..:: Beaver Basketball
This is a bad chapter (MBB)
Jay John is a storyteller.

When the Oregon State men’s basketball coach speaks about his team, he often uses stories to help illustrate his point.

During his epilogue of the season after a first-round loss to California in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament in Los Angeles, John was no different ... more from the Gazette Times | Offseason keys

Wagner: Patience will pay off (WBB)
As promised, LaVonda Wagner remained patient and positive through a trying second season as Oregon State’s women’s basketball coach.

Yes, she hates losing, now perhaps more than ever after a 9-19 campaign that saw the Beavers lose nine of their final 10 and 13 of the last 16 after a surprising start. But she knew — especially after projected starter Tiffany Ducker withdrew from school for personal reasons just before practice started — that a nine-player team with only one Pacific-10 Conference veteran would be hard-pressed to beat the 10th-place finish predicted in the coaches’ preseason poll ... more from the Gazette Times.

Beavs knocked out of Pac-10 tournament in first round by Cal, 70-51
One of the most frustrating seasons for the Oregon State men’s basketball team came to an end Wednesday night.

Senior center Kyle Jeffers quickly left the locker room without talking and junior forward Sasa Cuic hinted he may not come back next season ... more from the Gazette Times.

Beavers left off all-Pac-10 basketball teams
No Oregon State men’s basketball players were on the All-Pacific-10 Conference team voted on by the coaches, which was released Monday.

There were no honorable mention honors and point guard Josh Tarver wasn’t on the all-freshman team.

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