Mike Riley officially named head coach of American Alliance Football team

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Mike Riley officially named head coach of American Alliance Football team

Mike Riley is leaving the Oregon State football program, once again. Instead this time, he will be the new head coach of the San Antonion American Alliance football team. 

How it works: The league will consist of eight teams competing in a 10-week regular season through February-April, will play one game per week, and then a four-team post-season playoff. Riley will be joining other coaches including Steve Spurrier, Brad Childress, Rick Neuheisel, Dennis Erickson, among others. Michael Vick will also be the assistant coach to the Atlanta team.

Although Riley is off to San Antonio, he hopes to still be a part of the Beaver football program as well:

Social media reacts to reports of Mike Riley leaving for AAF

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Social media reacts to reports of Mike Riley leaving for AAF

Mike Riley's homecoming back to Oregon State football may be cut shorter than expected. Recent reports indicate Riley becoming the head coach of San Antonio's American Alliance Football team (named at a later date).

Riley was named Oregon State's assistant head coach and tight ends coach on December 18, 2017. His time, this time, in Corvallis could have him leaving in the spring for San Antonio. Some on social media are taking this as heartbreak, wanting Riley to stay and rebuild the dam:

While others are glad to see him go: 

 

Oregon State bats come alive after significant weather delay

Oregon State bats come alive after significant weather delay

The #3 Oregon State Beavers defeated the Washington Huskies 14-5 in an elimination game of the College World Series on Monday.

It started off as a pitchers' duel between Washington sophomore Jordan Jones and Oregon State junior Bryce Fehmel, both pitchers allowing zero runs until the third inning.

Oregon State's defense has committed four errors in last two games compared to just three in the previous 16 games. An error in center, from backup Preston Jones (Steven Kwan did not return with an injury) in the bottom of the third allowed runners on the corners for Washington. The Huskies capitalized with a two-run RBI double into deep left field to go on top 2-0. Washington got one more in the third to build the lead 3-0. 

After a Washington pitching change in the fifth, the Beavers bats finally started to come alive. An RBI single from sophomore Tyler Malone and an RBI triple from Preston Jones ties the game at 3-3. 

But then, Mother Nature took over with a 4.5 hour lightning delay. The grounds crew in Omaha rolled the tarp over the infield even though there was no rain at TD Ameritrade Park at the time, but, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the area and rain was falling elsewhere in the city.  When play was suspended at 2:16pm pacific time Oregon State had the bases loaded with two outs and were down 5-4 in the top of the sixth inning. It was the second straight day a game was delayed because of weather.

Some teams might be sluggish or have a hard time dealing with such a long delay. OSU had no problem at all. When play finally resumed, outfielder Kyle Nobach went yard for a three-run homer to give the Beavers a commanding 9-5 lead in the top of the seventh.

And, OSU wasn't done. In the top of the 8th, infielder Tyler Malone crushed a home run to right field. His leadoff homer gave the Beavers a 10-5 lead. Oregon State ended up tacking on four more runs in the inning and the Huskies had no answer. 

UW went scoreless after the rain delay. Oregon State continues its mission for a CWS Championship on Wednesday at 4pm pacific time. OSU moves on to play the loser of Tuesday's game between North Carolina and Mississippi State.

How the CWS works

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How the CWS works

The College World Series beings this weekend, and Oregon State is a favorite to win it all. The Beavers are heading to Omaha along with the North Carolina Tar Heels, Washington Huskies, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Texas Longhorns, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Arkansas Razorbacks, and Florida Gators.

For those of you don’t follow college baseball, or don’t understand how the College World Series works, here is a quick breakdown for you.

The Road to Omaha starts with the best 64 teams in the nation coming together to create 16 four-team Regionals. These four-team brackets each play a double-elimination tournament, with the winner of each bracket moving on to the Super Regionals.

The Super Regionals will seed the final 16 teams to create eight best-of-three series.  The winner of each series advances to Omaha.

The final eight teams are divided into two four-team brackets, where like the Regionals, the four teams will play a double-elimination tournament. The winner of these brackets will then play each other in one final best-of-three series to determine the National Champion.

Bracket 1 will be Oregon State, North Carolina, Washington, and Mississippi State.

Bracket 2 will be Arkansas, Texas, Texas Tech and Florida.

Oregon State's first game will be against North Caroline on Saturday. First pitch is set for noon Pacific.

Oregon State sets kickoff time for four games

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Oregon State sets kickoff time for four games

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  The Pac-12 Conference and its television partners announced Thursday kickoff times for four games that include Oregon State. First-year head coach Jonathan Smith and the Beavers open the season Sept. 1 at Ohio State at 9 a.m. PDT on ABC, followed by the home opener Sept. 8 vs. Southern Utah at 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks. The non-conference slate concludes Sept. 15 at Nevada with a 4 p.m. kickoff available on ESPN3.

The 122nd Civil War, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, Spirit Mountain Casino, Safeway-Albertsons and your local Toyota Dealers, will be played Friday, November 23 at 1 p.m. at Reser Stadium and air on FS1.

The game at Ohio State is the earliest kick for the Beavers since the 9 a.m. start Sept. 12, 2015 at Michigan. OSU also had a 9 a.m. kick Sept. 10, 2011 at Wisconsin. The matchup with Ohio State marks the fourth consecutive season OSU has played a Big Ten opponent.  The Big Ten returns to future Beaver schedules in 2021 and ’24 with Purdue.

Kickoffs for the remainder of the 2018 season will be announced 12 or 6 days in advance of the game date.

Season tickets are now available for the six-game home football schedule that includes Oregon, USC, California, Washington State, Arizona and Southern Utah. For information on the benefits of being a season ticket holder or renewal incentives please access OSUBeavers.com or call 541-737-2050.

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Beavers and Texas Tech to play football home-and-home series

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Beavers and Texas Tech to play football home-and-home series

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Oregon State and Texas Tech have signed a home-and-home football series contract for the 2025 and ’26 seasons, Beaver Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Thursday.

The addition of Texas Tech continues a trend for the Beavers in scheduling non-Pac-12  Conference “Power 5” programs. Recent additions to the OSU schedule include Oklahoma State in 2019 and ’20, and Purdue in 2021 and ’24.

The first game of the series with Texas Tech will be played in Lubbock, Texas Sept. 13, 2025. The return game at Reser Stadium will be played Sept. 12, 2026. The games will mark the second and third meetings between the two schools in football. The only other contest was a 15-14 Texas Tech win Sept. 26, 1959 in Lubbock.

Season tickets are now available for the six-game home football schedule that includes Oregon, USC, California, Washington State, Arizona and Southern Utah. For information on the benefits of being a season ticket holder or renewal incentives please access OSUBeavers.com or call 541-737-2050.

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Ryan Nall goes undrafted but signs deal with Chicago Bears

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Ryan Nall goes undrafted but signs deal with Chicago Bears

Despite going un-drafted, running back Ryan Nall out of Oregon State University has joined the Chicago Bears. 

Nall was Oregon High School 6A Offensive Player of the Year prior to heading to Corvallis. Originally was expected to play tight end/h-back for the Beavers, but injuries forced him back to running back, where he thrived.

Nall joined a running back committee his freshman year, rushing for 455 yards and three touchdowns.

Nall would end up starting the next two seasons, but never reached the 1,000-yard mark. However, much of this had to do with injuries and inconsistent play along the front line. He managed to put up decent numbers despite the Beavers struggles to grab wins.

For his career Nall totaled 2,216 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns. While those numbers may not jump out at you at first, consider that in they both rank among the Top 10 All-Time career numbers at OSU (8th most career rushing yards, and 7th most career rushing touchdowns).

 

Drew Eubanks is taking his talents to the NBA

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Drew Eubanks is taking his talents to the NBA

Drew Eubanks is taking his talents to the NBA. The 6’ 10” 250 pound junior forward announced today on his personal twitter account that he will be forgoing his senior season at Oregon State University and will be entering the 2018 NBA draft.

The Oregon native from Troutdale, Oregon, played in all 32 games of his freshman season with the Beavers and earned the starting spot beginning his sophomore season. During his sophomore year, Eubanks was named Pac-12 Honorable Mention and earned Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable recognition. He will finish out his career at Oregon State averaging 11.7 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game, and 163 total blocks. 

Eubanks near averaged a double-double during his sophomore season with 14.5 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game.

The Oregon State Beavers finished with a 7-11 Pac-12 conference record this season after making the NCAA March Madness tournament Eubanks’ freshman year but falling in round one to VCU 75-67. His sophomore season showed more promise behind the sophomore sensations of Eubanks, Tres Tinkle, and Stephen Thompson Jr. The future looked bright for these three to take over the program, each earning valuable minutes as sophomores, but then an injury to Tinkle which made him miss most of the season (his redshirt year) put a lot of the load onto Eubanks and Thompson Jr.

No word yet on the status of Tinkle and Thompson Jr. if they will follow in the same footsteps of Eubanks to declare for the NBA draft or stay for their senior year.

Could you ask for anything more from a Civil War?

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Could you ask for anything more from a Civil War?

How Oregon lost: If the Civil War taught us one thing, it's that Sunday is going to be fun. Because that is exactly when these two teams will meet again. This match up was a thrill from start to finish that had 6,704 screaming fans on their feet. The Ducks had no answer early when the Beavers hit their first 7-for-7 shots from three-point range and quickly had to dig out of a 10-point hole. Helping Oregon climb out was sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu who finished and lead all scores with 35 points and six assists. With time windind down and a three point Oregon State lead, the Ducks found their sure-handed Ionescu, not afraid to take the big shot, absolutely drilled a three-pointer to bring this game into overtime. The crowd stunned, the Ducks bench going wild, and five more glorious minutes were to be played at Gill Coliseum Friday night. 

In the end, Oregon looked like it ran out of gas. It's five starters each played over 35 minutes, with Ionescu and junior guard Maite Cazorla playing the full game and all of overtime. Oregon State controlled the ball and got good looks to finish off the Ducks 85-79 and keep their win streak over Oregon alive to 14 games in a row.

"It was a good basketball game, both teams played with a lot of intensity and a lot of heart," said Oregon coach Kelly Graves. "God dang one of these days, I'd like to beat the Beavers for crying out loud. They got a good team, no doubt about it. Gulich [Marie] was great, Tudor [Kat] tonight, I mean come on that kid was unconscious. The good thing is we get them in two days, I guess. And that's also the bad thing..."

What it means: Before tipoff, it was announced that senior guard Lexi Bando is out indefinitely with a leg injury. Graves said he doens't know anything about her diagnosis or timetable of return and chooses to leave that up to the doctors. So Oregon decided to go with a bigger lineup with 6'-5" sophomore forward Mallory McGwire. McGwire had to shake some nerves in the first quarter, but really stepped up in the second half finishing with a near double-double 10 points and nine rebounds. 

Oregon will face Oregon State again in just about 40 hours. How much change to the game plan can there be in just that short amount of time?

Graves said, "I think I did a poor job tonight in we became too predictable down the stretch. Well, so did they, we both go to our bread and butter late. I thought we were going to get them in overtime, had the momentum obviously and just didn't make the plays."

These teams are so evenly matched that it is just a recipe for a good game. 6' 5" Marie Gulich vs. 6' 4" Ruthy Hebard on the inside. Hot shooters Kat Tudor vs. Sabrina Ionescu on the outside. Tudor lead all Beavers' scores with 34 points off 10-for-14 from the field and 7-of-10 from three-point range. Tough guard play from Mikayla Pivec vs. Maite Cazorla. Match ups everywhere.

High flying Ducks: Only three Ducks to score in double figures tonight: Ionescu with 35, Hebard finished with 24 points and seven rebounds, and McGwire with 10. Ionescu and Hebard were the only Oregon players who shot free throws tonight.

Foul play: Oregon committed 19 total teams fouls. McGwire fouled out of the game in overtime.

Up next: Another Civil War in about 40 hours. Oregon hosts Oregon State at 5 PM (PT) on Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.  

 

Ducks get stuck in the Dam: Round 1 of the Civil War goes to the Beavers

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Ducks get stuck in the Dam: Round 1 of the Civil War goes to the Beavers

How Oregon lost: A missed layup on one end and a three-pointer on the other is what sparked a major momentum swing away from the Ducks. Coming out of halftime, and down 30-29, Oregon slowly let this game slip from its wings and couldn't handle the Beavers second-half surge. The Ducks coughed up 10 turnovers, 12 second-chance points, and nine offensive rebounds in the second half alone. In the end, Oregon (11-5, 1-2 Pac-12) couldn't get it together and lost 76-64 to Oregon State (10-5, 2-1 Pac-12) in the 349th chapter of the Civil War.  

Oregon coach Dana Altman said, "They just out-worked us, there is no other way to say it. Second half their offensive boards really didn't give us an opportunity. We took some really tough shots, at times bad shots, our ball movement wasn't very good from any of our players, so we got a lot of work to do and really disappointed in effort. I don't want to take anything away from Oregon State. They simply played harder than we did the second half."

The Ducks shot 36% from the field, going 8-for-29 from three-point range.

What it means: Altman is still trying to put the pieces together. A big change in roster from last season's final four run to now. It is early in the season, but Oregon heads into two tough road opponents, Arizona State and Arizona, followed by two home games, USC and UCLA, still making the same mistakes as earlier in the season.

"Our ball movement has got to really improve if we're going to have a good offensive team," said Altman. "Our toughness and our rebounding are going to have to improve if we're going to have a good defensive team. Right now, I'm not sure if the guys believe what I'm telling them. We got a lot of new guys, and they don't understand the competitiveness of conference games and how tough it's going to be. So we got a lot of work there."

Redshirt junior forward Paul White said, "I wouldn't say it's been hard getting into our offense, it's just sometimes there is a little miscommunication, but that's nobody's fault. As a team, we got to relay the message as we hear it from coach. That's the team's fault if we are getting into our offense a little slow or it's not looking as efficient."

High flying Ducks: White lead all Oregon scores with 16 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Freshman guard Victor Bailey Jr. was the only other Ducks player to score in double figures with 11 points off the bench.

Foul play: Sophomore guard Payton Pritchard found the bench early picking up two quick fouls. Freshman forward Kenny Wooten fouled out with one minute left in the game.

Up next: Oregon will hit the road south to face Arizona State (12-2, 0-2 Pac-12) at 7 PM this Thursday in Tempe, AZ.