NEWSLINKS: Will Beavs prove 'experts' wrong?

WHEN THE Pac-10 Media Poll for football comes out in late July, the Beavers are expected to be picked in the lower half of the ten. Again. One columnist says the prognosticators will, as they have in recent years, get it wrong. He also says to watch for a fast start this year. Plus, OSU basketball and baseball..

Beavers to prove experts wrong in 2009 -- Gazette-Times, Kevin Hampton
March Madness will be here in a few weeks. Baseball is just around the corner. So let's talk some football. After all, spring practice is coming soon as well. It's never too early to look at the upcoming Oregon State football season.
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Beavers will try to beat Trojans again -- Los Angeles Times, Chris Foster
There appears to be nothing about the Oregon State basketball team that should cause a coach to toss and turn at night. The Beavers are seemingly as benign a bunch as you could hope for in a regular-season finale. USC should know better heading into today's game.
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Can Oregon State build on 2008? -- Sports Illustrated, Andy Staples
The Beavers have some issues heading into spring practice.
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Rome and Robinson -- The Oregonian, Paul Buker
"What do you do,'' asked Rome, "when the phone rings? And coach Rob replied, "that's a good question. Fortunately, the phone hasn't started to ring yet.'' He elaborated. "I have to let people know I'm in a pretty good situation right here,'' Robinson said. "(OSU AD Bob De Carolis) has been terrific and we're really excited about the things that are going on at OSU.''
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Lathen Wallace interview -- Gazette-Times, Cliff Kirkpatrick
I was also able to briefly talk with G Lathen Wallace before the practice. Here are few answers to some questions.
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Cowboys win battle of OSUs -- -- Gazette-Times
The Beavers (5-3) had the tying run on base in each of the final three innings, but couldn't come up with the big hit.
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The potential No. 6 seed -- The Oregonian, Paul Buker
OSU hoops media relations guru Michael Collins tells me that if OSU beats the Trojans Saturday and the Huskies take care of Wazzu, then the Beavers are the No. 6 seed for the Pac-10 tourney... it would mean a 6 p.m. game next Thursday against the Pac-10 No. 3 seed, which looks to be .... Oh my ... the California Golden Bears. The same Golden Bears, under the direction of Mike Montgomery, who managed to get swept by OSU during the regular season.
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