NEWSLINKS: Will 13 preseason polls be wrong?

LOOKING AT a compilation of 13 preseason polls for the 2009 season, is Oregon State slotted where they have finished the past three seasons, in the Top 25? And now that Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen is leaving, he says a Pac-10 television network is inevitable.

Oregon State failed to surface on pretty much every preseason poll the past three seasons. But after finishing each of those three seasons ranked in the final Top 25, the prognosticators appear to be getting tired of missing so badly on the Beavs. Despite losing to graduation their entire starting secondary, three of four defensive linemen and and six players on offense, the Beavs are either ranked or knocking on the door of 13 different Top 25 rankings this offseason. Two Sports Illustrated writers are showing the Beavers the most love.

The possibility of a Pac-10 network has gathered steam. In an Orange County Register article, the disparity in gross revenues between the Pac-10 and other conferences is highlighted. It's a stunning gap. So why is the Pac-10 only now getting around to seriously considering their own network? Apparently, the current economic climate. And that begs the much larger question, why is the Pac-10 always seemingly so reactive, rather than proactive? The Pac-10 receives approximately $43-million annually from all its television deals with Fox and ABC/ESPN. The Big Ten? They received, from the Big Ten Network alone, $66 million in 2008.

Students may begin purchasing Dad’s Weekend tickets Mon., May 18 for the Nov. 14 home football game against the Washington Huskies. Parents may purchase up to two tickets for Dad’s Weekend for $75 each. A free student ticket will be processed with the purchased parent ticket(s) at the time of order. The student’s OSU identification number must be provided at that time. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS and can also be purchased at the Ticket Office in Gill Coliseum, Room 107. The Ticket Office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette Times just reported that Oregon State and Boise State signed a home and home series. The Beavers will travel to Boise in 2010 on Sept. 25 while the Broncos will visit Corvallis on Sept. 15 in 2012. OSU leads the series 4-2 with the last four matchups being won by the home team. In the last matchup between the two teams BSU dominated the Beavers 42-14 in Bronco Stadium. Read more here.

Mike Riley is in a very stable situation at Oregon State following a string of three seasons finishing in the Top 25. But 22 other schools, including two from the Pac-10, have changed head coaches for 2009.

Oregon State's charge at an NCAA berth in baseball has been interrupted by the unseasonable weather in the Willamette Valley. And fans who bought tickets to rained out games, well, you're apparently out of luck according to OSU. Next up for the Beavs, a key series with the Cougars.

Student-athletes in minor sports at Oregon State are bracing for budget cuts according to the Oregonian.

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