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Oregon State TE Rocco Carley dismissed from team after racist remarks

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Oregon State TE Rocco Carley dismissed from team after racist remarks

Late Thursday night, a recording surfaced on Twitter of Oregon State tight end Rocco Carley making disturbing racist remarks.

After hearing the recording, Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith called Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes and the two discussed what further course of action was needed and agreed upon. 

That same night, Smith told Carley that he had been released from the team. 

Carley released this statement on Twitter Thursday night:

The 6-foot-6, 236-pound tight end from Mt. Angel, Oregon was about to enter his second season at Oregon State.

Some of his teammates responded on social media:

Many on social media also praised head coach Jonathan Smith for acting quickly and making the decision to release Carley from the team, including a couple of Oregon Ducks:

Jonathan Smith, Wayne Tinkle understand that of which they don't understand

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Jonathan Smith, Wayne Tinkle understand that of which they don't understand

With protests breaking out against social injustice and police brutality nationwide, which was sparked by the death of George Floyd while in the hands of Minneapolis police custody, many are speaking out against systematic, racial injustice.

Add two Oregon State head coaches to the list.

Beavers football head coach Jonathan Smith and Beavers basketball head coach Wayne Tinkle released statements over the weekend responding to the death of George Floyd and the activism against police brutality it has sparked, most notably the Black Lives Matter movement. 

"As a white man, I will never completely understand the fear and daily experiences that people of color face regularly," wrote Coach Smith.

"The tragedies of the past few weeks have left me hurt, angry, confused; tough to completely describe. What I do know is, over my 20+ years in football, I have worked alongside and coached unbelievable men of color and my heart hurts for them. Change needs to happen. I want to add my voice to so many others that these acts... all acts of racism need to end."

"While trying to wait a few days to come down from the sadness, frustration and anger I felt over the recent atrocities to our black community, I am to realize that day won't come anytime soon," wrote Coach Tinkle. 

"I won't pretend to understand what it's like to be a person of color in today's world, I will, however, try to help end the shameful injustices that have become all to commonplace throughout our society.

"I'm standing up to join the millions that are going to find a way to eliminate racism completely, by choosing love, prayer, compassion, respect and understanding over hatred and ignorance!" 

George Floyd's death went viral last week after a video showed police officer Derek Chauvin using his knee to pin Floyd's neck to the pavement for eight minutes and 46 seconds, two minutes and 53 seconds of which happened after Floyd became unresponsive, per a criminal complaint against Chauvin.

The officer ignored Floyd's pleas for him to stop: "I can't breathe... Please, the knee in my neck, I can't breathe."

The lack of charges brought upon Chauvin nor the other three officers standing by the Minneapolis Police Department sparked nationwide outrage leading to national protests and riots against police brutality and public pressure to arrest the four officers. 

Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd’s family said in a statement with their attorney, Ben Crump, that they “expected a first-degree murder charge.”

According to Nicquel Terry Ellis of USA Today, an independent autopsy determined that it "was homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain." 

This report comes a few days after a complaint from the Hennepin County Attorney stated that "Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.” 

While both Smith and Tinkle accept that of which they don't understand, both are advocates to put an end to racism and social injustice, something we can all agree on. 

Jonathan Smith reveals how long it would take to get Oregon State ready to play football

Jonathan Smith reveals how long it would take to get Oregon State ready to play football

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing throughout the United States, the world of college athletics has been shaken.

It's been two months since the cancellation of all spring NCAA events including spring football practice and each program has been managing in their own way.

In a Zoom press conference with UCLA head coach Chip Kelly and Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards, Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith spoke about multiple topics including how long he would need to get his team ready to play a game.

“Six weeks," claimed Smith. "I feel like that’s a minimum but doable. Starting with the health and safety, getting them into shape and we want to put a good product out there. We want to have enough time to be able to play quality football.”

As for the possibility of canceling nonconference games such as games against Colorado State and Portland State, both of which are scheduled to take place at Reser Stadium, Smith says that's a question for athletic director Scott Barnes who "has done a great job of communicating with all of our coaches."

Earlier this week, USC head coach Clay Helton said the conference is considering playing 11 conference games which would eliminate all non-conference opponents. According to ESPN's Paul Finebaum, Alabama and TCU are in discussions to play each other rather than scheduled games against USC and California due to a belief that neither Pac-12 school will be ready to play. Currently, Alabama and USC are scheduled to begin their seasons at AT&T Stadium on September 5th and TCU was going to travel to Berkeley, Calif. on the same date.

Additionally, last week Oregon Governor Kate Brown advised that "all large gatherings should be canceled or significantly modified through at least September." Barnes later reassured that football will be played during the upcoming academic year.

Smith addressed the governor's comments on Wednesday.

“We’ve talked to them continually about – we’re always learning. It’s almost like we’re learning on a weekly basis. We’ve talked about there’s going to be a light at the end of the tunnel. We don’t know exactly how long this tunnel is that we’re in but we’re going to get an opportunity to play, to get them back and when we can get them back we want to do it safely and properly.

“The unknown is what it is, and we’re working through that. Just continue to work hard on that day-to-day because the light’s at the end of the tunnel.”

Jonathan Smith has "been on Zoom in different position meetings and doing some recruiting" and leaving the conversations about the future of the schedule to the athletic department. He also mentioned watching a ton of tape from last season due to the lack of spring ball video. 

The Beavers staff as a whole has begun recruiting virtually which has paid off already landing a verbal commitment from 2021 four-star inside linebacker Easton Mascarenas, who hasn't set foot on campus yet. 

“There’s no question it’s been an adjustment," said the Beavers head coach. "The virtual tours – they can’t come to your campus, you’re trying to bring it to them. There are high school players that are worried about being able to play their senior year and what the fall is going to look like. We’re all having to adjust as we go through this recruiting process.”

Once the pandemic has subsided enough to play football, the Beavers will be ready.

You can listen to the full Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and Coach Berg here.

One player that stood out to Jonathan Smith during spring football

One player that stood out to Jonathan Smith during spring football

The collegiate winter sports season was just beginning postseason play as spring sports and spring football had just begun. That was life all before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the sports world was ultimately shut down.

At least we got a little taste and outlook on the 2020-2021 Oregon State football team with a few spring football practices under belt.  

It only took four practices for one player to really stand out in head coach Jonathan Smith’s eyes.

That player is Zeriah Beason.

Smith joined host Nigel Burton on the latest Talkin’ Beavs Podcast:

One guy that jumps out is Zeriah Beason. We did get in a few spring practices so we were excited about signing him in December [2019] but then being able to get around him for a few months, working out and then we got into spring ball, he made some plays in the first four practices as a freshman receiver. He was trending in the right direction, like ‘man this guy can contribute and do some stuff for us this year. — Jonathan Smith

Beason is a 6-foot, 195-pound consensus four-star wide receiver (according to Rivals) from Duncanville, Texas. He held offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Florida, LSU, Nebraska and Utah among others, but ultimately chose Oregon State for his collegiate career because of the “family-feel” from the program. 

There is an opportunity for Beason to come in and make an impact right away. Beavs star receiver Isaiah Hodgins is off to the NFL getting selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 2020 NFL Draft and Oregon State has a plethora of young talent in the wide receiver room: a healthy redshirt senior Trevon Bradford; speedy redshirt junior Champ Flemmings; and redshirt junior Tyjon Lindsey to name a few. 

Unfortunately, it may be some time before we see Beason and the Beavs back in action, when it is safe to do so, but for now, enjoy these highlights of what just may be the next great receiver to come through Corvallis, Oregon:


You can listen to the full Talkin’ Beavs Podcast here.

Jonathan Smith received a bunch of calls regarding Jake Luton leading up to the NFL Draft

Jonathan Smith received a bunch of calls regarding Jake Luton leading up to the NFL Draft

Just over one week ago, Oregon State had its most successful NFL Draft weekend since the 2015 season with several Beavs finding new homes in the NFL whether it was hearing their name come off the Big Board on draft night or signed as an undrafted free agent.

Those who were drafted were: quarterback Jake Luton (round six, pick 189 to the Jacksonville Jaguars); offensive lineman Blake Brandel (round six, pick 203 to the Minnesota Vikings); and wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins (round six, pick 207 to the Buffalo Bills).

Oregon State head football coach Jonathan Smith joined host Nigel Burton on the latest Talkin’ Beavs Podcast:

All three guys - just fired up for each of them. Well deserved. I think all three of those guys can play at that level. — Coach Smith

The NFL Draft is full of surprises, but one thing in particular that did not surprise Smith at all was Jake Luton getting drafted. 

We got a bunch of calls on him leading into the draft because some of it was on his tape. He was doing NFL things: playing under center, play action passes, had a great year. Felt pretty comfortable going into it that Luton was going to get himself drafted. — Coach Smith

Luton is headed to the opposite end of the country, approximately 44 hours and just under 3,000 miles away to Jacksonville, Florida. He will be in competition with second-year QB “Minshew Mania” Gardner Minshew II, who was also a sixth round selection by Jacksonville in the 2019 NFL Draft, and recorded 21 passing touchdowns and 3,271 passing yards in 2019, both the most by a rookie in franchise history.

[RELATED]: What the Jacksonville Jaguars saw in quarterback Jake Luton

You can listen to the full podcast with Coach Smith and host Nigel Burton here.

Jonathan Smith, 2000 Beavers inducted into the Oregon State Hall of Fame

Jonathan Smith, 2000 Beavers inducted into the Oregon State Hall of Fame

What a big month for Coach Smith. 

Not only did he secure the Beavers' best recruiting class since 2013 on National Signing Day, but it didn't stop there. 

Oregon State has announced that its current head coach has been inducted into the Oregon State Hall of Fame, along with the rest of the 2000 Oregon State football team.

The 2000 Beavers are known as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, teams in program history. By the end of the season, they had a real argument for best team in the country. 

They finished the season 12-1 and ranked No. 4 in the final AP and Coaches Poll after blowing out Notre Dame 41-9 in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. Jonathan Smith passed for 305 yards and three touchdowns, all three to either Chad Johnson or TJ Houshmandzadeh, to close out that historic season.

Other notable victories in 2000 include No. 8 USC and No. 5 Oregon. Their lone loss was a 33-30 road game to No. 11 Washington. 

Coach Smith took to Twitter to show his gratitude, and tease an appearance from the squad this fall.

 

There's also a documentary currently in production about the team.

Despite bittersweet ending, Beaver fans should be optimistic

Despite bittersweet ending, Beaver fans should be optimistic

The ending of the season has to sting, but it shouldn’t sting for long.

Yes, the Beavers did not qualify for a bowl game continuing a six-year bowl drought despite needing just one more victory in the final two games. But, think back to your expectations for the year, did you really expect to be in this position?

OSU was considered one of the worst teams in Division I football by some, but had the ball down just a touchdown with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter in Autzen Stadium needing one more win to be bowl eligible. If you had told any Beavers fan this situation at the beginning of the season, or even after losing at Hawai’i, any rational fan would have been thrilled. 

Head coach Jonathan Smith has exceeded every expectation for the program so far. Just two years removed from a 1-11 season (with their lone win being a nailbiter over Portland State), to being one more goalline stop in Pullman and a touchdown tying drive away from going bowling..?

The Beavers’ win total over/under was 2.5, and they nearly doubled that. They earned five wins despite losing very winnable games against Hawai’i, Stanford, and Washington State.  This Beavers team could have easily been 8-4. 

Smith, and offensive coordinator Brian Lungren, installed an offense that put their best players in positions to succeed. Senior quarterback Jake Luton had easily his best career season being among the nation’s leaders in touchdown to interception ratio, as did senior running back Artavis Pierce and junior wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins. Hodgins even got named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award: An award given to the nation’s most prolific wide receiver. 

The defense also showed immense improvement highlighted by Hamilcar Rashed, Jr., who entered the Civil War leading the conference in sacks and tackles-for-loss. The same defense that got lit up by Hawai’i held the Ducks 21st ranked offense to just 10 points heading into the fourth quarter. The same defense balled out against Washington keeping them in the game as long as possible. Those two teams were widely expected to dominate the Pac-12 North, according to the preseason media poll, and the Beavers hung with both of them. 

Smith has the players believing in themselves and they’re playing like they belong on the field with whoever they face. Before running onto the field for the Civil War, the Beavers chanted “We all we got! We all we need!” Then they stepped onto a field where the home never lost this season, and gave the 14th ranked team in the country a scare with their backup quarterback, Tristan Gebbia. 

That back-up quarterback? He looked good, too. And he’ll be back next season as the presumed starter with an entire offseason under his belt, gaining chemistry with his receivers and becoming more knowledgeable of the playbook.

Hodgins and Rashed, Jr. may also return, hungry to finally play in a bowl game. If they do return, a bowl game should be the expectation going into next season. With Smith’s rehaul of the Beavers’ culture, I think it’d even be likely. 

As the team hangs around for more games, they’ll gain the experience needed to close out games. They did just that this season against Arizona State converting a fourth and short to ice the game.

There's a lot to be optimisitc about if you're a Beaver fan. 

OSU's Jake Luton: 'I just haven't been able to throw all week'

OSU's Jake Luton: 'I just haven't been able to throw all week'

EUGENE – Oregon State senior quarterback Jake Luton stood amidst a crowd of reporters, fighting his emotions and his disappointment after his team's 24-10 loss to Oregon.

Six years of trying to finish his college football career, of fighting off injuries – including a serious spinal problem – and with a bowl game and a storybook ending to that career on the line, he just couldn’t do it.

He couldn‘t finish it. He couldn’t even suit up. And there he stood, dutifully answering questions from media who had no idea until gametime that he would have to sit out the Civil War in Autzen Stadium with an injury to his right (throwing) forearm.

“I don’t think I can even put it into words, how frustrating it is for my last game, to not even suit up,” he said, fighting back tears. “I just couldn’t throw the ball. If I could play in any fashion, there is no way I wouldn’t suit up.”

Luton, a senior who was the lynchpin of the Beaver resurgence this season, said he hit his arm on another player’s helmet during the Washington State game last week.

“It happened pretty early in the game,” he said. ”I was able to play through it. I knew something was up. I was having trouble squeezing the ball. But once I got off the field, it started swelling up.

“I’ve been trying all week, but it got worse. The trainers have been trying to get it right. I haven’t been able to throw all week… I couldn’t throw the ball.”

So, after one last-ditch effort in pre-game warmups, Luton had to do one of the toughest things he’s ever had to do in his life – tell his coaches he couldn’t get the job done.

“I mean, still, right now, it’s the most disappointing thing I’ve had to do personally,” he said, struggling to find the words. “My last game as a ‘Beav.’ I’ve worked really hard and not to be able to finish was really frustrating.”

So, sophomore transfer Tristan Gebbia was thrust into the starting lineup after playing sparingly throughout the season. He acquitted himself fine, going 26-40 for 243 yards. But Luton was missed, no question about it.

“Right before the game, when I got the pads on, that’s when I knew,” Gebbia said. “I have the most respect for Jake Luton anybody could have for another person. My heart is broken for that man. I told him I was sorry I couldn’t do it for him.”

Luton said, “I’m proud of him – super-proud of him. He did a great job.”

The Beavers outgained the Ducks 380-355 yards and Oregon didn’t do anything to put a lot of fear into Utah, whom the Ducks meet for the Pac-12 title Friday.

Oregon got a touchdown on 98-yard kickoff return and a punt return set up another score.

In the end, Luton – and the Beavers – will always wonder what it would have been like if Luton, their leader, had played.

“Jake had overcome so much,” OSU Coach Jonathan Smith said. “And he stayed healthy throughout this year. I’ll give him credit, too, he wasn’t going to put himself out there if he couldn’t help the team.”

Beavers head coach Jonathan Smith scouts the Oregon Ducks and their ‘elite’ quarterback

Beavers head coach Jonathan Smith scouts the Oregon Ducks and their ‘elite’ quarterback

Coming off a demoralizing loss to Washington State, the Oregon State Beavers (5-6, 4-4 Pac-12)  look ahead to their biggest game of the season against their rival, the No. 14 Oregon Ducks (9-2, 6-1 Pac-12). 

With the Beavers sitting at five wins, they need to win the Civil War to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2013. But, it won’t be easy given how talented the Ducks roster is.

The Beavers head coach spoke about the Ducks’ offense at his press conference.

I think they have some balance on offense, they can run the ball but they got an elite quarterback. He can throw it and make some plays. I think they do a good job of matching up some of their run game with their [play-action] pass, they’re not all vertical throws which they can do but they also do a nice job [with] the screen game, getting the [offensive] line out in space and making guys tackle that way. So really balanced.

He also commented on the talent of Oregon and further elaborated on his respect for Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert.

Got some big time players which starts with the quarterback [Justin Herbert], one of the guys in this league I got the most respect for. Justin’s been through a high level of football, coming from this state,great family, those type of things, putting together a great year.

You can watch his full thoughts on the Ducks ahead of the matchup in the video above.

10 numbers to know: Ducks vs. Beavers in meaningful civil war

10 numbers to know: Ducks vs. Beavers in meaningful civil war

Saturday’s Civil War rivalry game is what college football is all about. Oregon (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) and Oregon State (5-6, 4-4) occupy the top two spots in the Pac-12 North Division. The Ducks look to finish conference play unbeaten at Autzen Stadium for the eighth time since it opened in 1967.  

Here are 10 numbers to know if you want to be the fan dropping knowledge on your friends at the tailgate.

A DUCK WIN WOULD...

Give Oregon its first 10-win season since 2014, making Mario Cristobal the fourth head coach in program history to win 10 games in a season.

A BEAVER WIN WOULD...

Be their sixth victory, making Oregon State eligible for its first bowl appearance since the 2013 season. Also, it’d guarantee a winning conference record for the first time since going 6-3 in 2012.

BETTING LINE

Oregon opened as 20.5-point favorites over Oregon State. The total over/under is set at 66 points.

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

In six home games (6-0) this season, Oregon has outscored its opponents 245-60, including 127-21 in the second half.

CRUNCH TIME

At home, Oregon’s defense has allowed two touchdowns in 38 second half drives, while coming away with six interceptions in the final 30 minutes.

HISTORY

Saturday is the 123rd meeting between the two programs. Oregon has won 10 of the last 11 meetings, including five-straight in Autzen Stadium against Oregon State. 2007 was the last time OSU won in Eugene. Over the last 11 games, Oregon is averaging 47.2 points with a scoring margin of +20.7 (519-291).

SMITH’S SUCCESSES

As an Oregon State player, OSU coach Jonathan Smith was 2-2 against Oregon. In the Beavers’ victory in 1998, Smith passed for 303 yards, which at the time was the most ever by an OSU quarterback vs. the Ducks. Smith and the Beavers won again in 2000 in Corvallis.

VERDELL ETCHING HIS NAME IN UO HISTORY

Sophomore running back CJ Verdell needs 87 yards rushing to becomes the fifth Duck with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons (Maurice Morris, Onterrio Smith, LaMichael James, Royce Freeman). With 87 yards rushing, Verdell will join Freeman and James as only Oregon running back to rush for 1,000 yards as both a freshman and sophomore.

A SHOW ON THE ROAD

The Beavers are 3-1 on the road in Pac-12 play this season.

SENIOR DAY

26 Oregon seniors will play their last games in Autzen Stadium on Saturday in Oregon’s final conference game, including quarterback Justin Herbert, linebacker Troy Dye, linebacker La’Mar Winston Jr., OL Shane Lemieux, OL Jake Hanson, OL Calvin Throckmorton, OL Dallas Warmack, WR Juwan Johnson, TE Ryan Bay, DT Drayton Carlberg, linebacker Bryson Young and punter Blake Maimone.

“You only have a certain amount of snaps in your career…” said Cristobal. “With every snap that you play you show in the way that you play that this thing means more to you than it does the people you are playing against. And that’s the way this senior class is defined… I’m super proud of them. More than anything, I’m just really focused on them having the best performance they can on Saturday.”