Beaver Bytes

Football news has started to pickup which means that fall camp is just around the corner. Here's a weeks worth of news and notes regarding the Men in Black of the gridiron and other college football tidbits.

  • As expected QB recruit Jake Gelakoska will not be in Corvallis this fall as he failed to met the Division-I minimum requirement for grade-point average. The OSU coaches are still in contact with him though and have advised him to go to a junior college to get his grades up. Read more from the Everett Herald.

  • CB Coye Francies has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rule leaving depth at the cornerback positions thin. A good thread debating Francies' importance to the team has started on the football board: Francies suspended!

  • Corvallis Gazette Times reporter Brooks Hatch had several interesting bits of interesting information about Reser Stadium and surrounding areas in his blog last week.
    • The installation of the new ribbon scoreboard on the Valley Football Center has started.
    • With the expansion of the sound end zone and the construction of the Gill Annex about 110 parking spots have been eliminated. Additional parking will be available at 17th Street and Western.
    • The school is working with the city of Corvallis to use Berg Park on Highway 20/34 as a free park and ride during football games.
    • Football season tickets are set to be mailed during the first week of August.
    • A ESPN GameDay crew will also be on campus during the second week of practice to video a feature on the kidney donation by offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf to Laurie Cavanaugh, the wife of offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh.

  • Single game tickets went on sale Monday. The ticket office also introduced a three game ticket package for $105 where a fan chooses between three groups of games: Group 1: Utah or Idaho State, Group 2: Arizona or Stanford, Group 3: UCLA or Washington. Order online at OSUBeavers.com.

  • The Beaver Football Workshop for Women is being offered Saturday, August 25. The workshop includes classroom instruction with Beaver coaches, rules and regulations explained by Pac-10 referees, a look at Beaver football facilities, a Q&A with Beaver coaches' wives, a t-shirt and a gift bag.

    The workshop costs $40, with a portion of the proceeds going to the OHSU Organ Donation program. Registration must be received by Aug. 18. For more details and a registration form visit OSUBeavers.com.

  • The OSU marketing department released a commercial and a radio spot promoting Beaver football last week continuing their "The Fever" theme. The video, which features Gerard Lawson, Roy Schuening and Kyle DeVan, can be viewed for free on OSUBeavers.com. The radio spot can be heard at the official website and on local radio stations, including 860 AM KPAM.

  • Beaver coach Jim Gilstrap passed away last week. He had been in the hospital since May after undergoing surgery for intestinal cancer. Gilstrap came to Oregon State for his first stint in 1997 with Riley as the offensive line coach. He stayed at OSU through the 1998 season and then returned with Riley in 2003. During his second tenure in Corvallis he coached the offensive line, running backs and then moved to the coordinator of support services.

    Funeral services will be held Thurs., July 26. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, any contributions be sent to the Garfield Elementary School Playground, c/o Heidi Garza, 1205 N.W. Garfield Ave., Corvallis, 97330, or to the Northwest Hill Community Church, c/o Uganda Orphans, 3300 N.W. Walnut Boulevard, Corvallis, 97330.

    Online condolences can be made at McHenryFuneralHome.com.
  • Heismanpundit.com has some good reading material for the offseason including the Fastest Players in Pads '07 and College Football's Fastest Players. Most include videos of the players feats.

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