Wayne Tinkle

Wayne Tinkle in favor of extra eligibility for seniors affected by COVID-19

Wayne Tinkle in favor of extra eligibility for seniors affected by COVID-19

Nearly every industry has been affected by the coronavirus, including NCAA athletics that canceled all winter and spring sports championships in attempt to minimize the spread of the virus. 

This includes college basketball and the Oregon State Beavers, who were ready to play in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament before being told the tournament and the rest of the college basketball season was canceled.

"When we broke the news to them, you can imagine the news just from the high that we were on, you know the day before (coming off a game-winning three-pointer to defeat Utah in the Pac-12 Tournament), the excitement we had for what was next. We knew our postseason implications were sitting pretty good after the Utah win, you know, and from there who knows?" said head coach Wayne Tinkle on the latest Talkin' Beavers Podcast.

Tinkle later talked to host Nigel Burton about whether he'd support the NCAA granting additional eligibility for athletes affected by the cancellation of NCAA Championship events in wake of COVID-19. 

Well what we're hearing is that..it could be too tough of a decision, just too much that goes into it. You know, you're talking about extra scholarships and that obviously means money... I see both sides...Life rarely gives you do-overs and we got through a big part of our season, right? Now, that being said there's no experience like postseason play and that college window is so small... you really want these student athletes to enjoy the most and have the best experience...the reality is life's not fair. - Wayne Tinkle

The NCAA is already looking into granting extra eligibility to spring sports athletes who barely got to play their respective seasons, but are more up in the air about winter sports athletes.

Tinkle says if it were up to him he'd want to give seniors the option to come back, although there may be some logistical problems.

I'm all for these seniors that didn't get a chance to go out the way they wanted to, in the spring sports especially, to have another year of eligibility but man it's going to bring up a lot of issues with scholarships and where that money comes from. - Wayne Tinkle

However, despite the logistical issues, he'd support it for winter sports athletes too because they missed out on invaluable postseason experience: "if somebody called me and asked for my vote, I'd support it just because of [the missed postseason] because you want to give these folks the best experience that they can have in their time here at the collegetic level."

The Beavers head coach added that if his son, Tres Tinkle, had the chance to come back he doesn't think he would because it'd be his sixth year, he already has his degree, and "he's ready for the next phase." Tres became the all-time leading scorer in Oregon State history last season. 

Oregon State women's basketball star Mikayla Pivec said if she was offered an additional year of eligibility she'd take it "in a heartbeat." 

There has not been an official word yet on whether senior winter sports athletes will be granted an additional year.

You can listen to the Talkin' Beavers podcast here.

The Beavers' "fresh start" began well, reach turning point

The Beavers' "fresh start" began well, reach turning point

"It wasn't a work of art but I was really impressed with our toughness," said Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle.

I would agree.

Coming back from down from as many as ten points in the second half, the Oregon State Beavers (14-9, 4-7 Pac-12) notched their third consecutive victory in the Civil War series, defeating the No. 14 Oregon Ducks (18-6, 7-4 Pac-12) in front of 9,301 fans at Gill Coliseum; their highest-ranked victory since their upset of No. 7 Arizona on January 11, 2015, at the same place.

Tonight's win is the program's second-ranked win of the season after blowing out No. 24 Arizona last month and only their second ranked victory since 2016. 

The game was not pretty, as the Beavers head coach insinuated: junior Ethan Thompson led the Beavers with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Senior Tres Tinkle struggled shooting 4-of-13 from the field for 13 points. Senior center Kylor Kelley had the most efficient game of the evening making 7-of-9 shot attempts for 14 points and also grabbing seven rebounds. 

However, it was good enough to defeat the No. 14 ranked team in the country. How? Their defense. 

Wayne Tinkle credited his team's heart, effort and ability to defend without fouling, especially Thompson who had the primary assignment of Oregon senior guard and National Player of the Year candidate Payton Pritchard, who was held to 7-of-21 from the field and only 16 points. 

This team can compete with anyone in the Pac-12 conference, their victories over Arizona and Oregon prove that. After the win, Wayne Tinkle joked the team's inconsistencies as the primary cause of his grey hair. 

Junior guard, and Oregon native, Zach Reichle stated after the game that the Beavers have had trouble playing down to lesser opponents while getting up for bigger games, like tonight. 

They want to end that now.

Before their rivalry game, Tinkle looked at the schedule and saw Oregon State has five of their final eight games in Corvallis:

We said going into today, we can't do anything about what's behind us, especially the home games. We're starting fresh today. And we came out and took care of it so the challenge now is let's keep moving forward and building and building off of tonight.

If the Beavers want to play in the NCAA Tournament, they need to finish strong and earn as high of a seed as they can in the Pac-12 Tournament. Their midseason slump has all but doomed their hopes of an at-large bid.

They're capable of playing with anyone in the conference, but for this season to be deemed a success when it's all said and done, tonight needs to be a turning point and not just a one-night celebration.

Oregon State felt they had turned a corner after their 82-65 win over No 24 Arizona. They followed it up by losing five of their next six games. 

Reichle, who had 11 points including a dagger three-pointer with 1:17 left to take a five-point lead, said his team needs to prepare for every game like they did tonight. But is that feasible given the extra kick a rivalry game such as the Civil War has built-in?

Wayne Tinkle hopes so.

You know everybody has the answer of when chemistry should be built, and when you should be at your best, and all that. I've been doing this for a while, and every year it happens at different times with different teams. And I think tonight's game is going to go a long way with our guys really buying into having each other's backs, holding eachother accountable and believing again. And hopefully that's a big part of catapulting us moving forward.

Only time will tell.

Wayne Tinkle gets contract extension with Oregon State


Wayne Tinkle gets contract extension with Oregon State

Oregon State announced today that head men's basketball coach Wayne Tinkle has received a one-year contract extension. The extensions keeps him in Corvallis through the '22-23 season. 

Scott Barnes, VP and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics had this to say about Tinkle:

"Coach Tinkle is an excellent ambassador for Oregon State University and is a strong leader of our student-athletes," Barnes said. "Our program has made tangible strides under Coach Tinkle and we look forward to more on and off the court successes under his leadership."

The Beavs are coming off one of their more successful seasons in the last 30 years. The team finished 10-8 in the conference which was Tinkle's third winning season with the Beavs (out of five). 

Coach Tinkle's son, Tres Tinkle, returns for his senior season after averaging 20.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists during his junior year. 

The Beavers open the season on October 23rd vs. Carroll College at 7pm. 


The Oregon State Cinderella story vanished just as quickly as it arrived

The Oregon State Cinderella story vanished just as quickly as it arrived

LAS VEGAS - With the Pac-12 Tournament wide open, it appeared this season could be Oregon State’s chance to take the crown. The Beavers (18-13, 10-8 Pac-12) earned a coveted first round bye, finished with their best conference record since the 1989-90 season and had a veteran team full of playmakers. Alas, the Oregon State Cinderella story vanished just as quickly as it arrived, losing to Colorado, 73-58, in the quarterfinals.

Also maybe gone? Oregon State’s chances of making the NIT tournament. The Beavers were a bubble team and a win over fifth-seeded Colorado (21-11, 10-8)  would have been a good and needed resume boost. Instead, the Beavers depart Las Vegas with Selection Sunday outcome looking gloom and out of their hands. If the CBI Tournament calls, OSU could accept an invitation to the smaller postseason tournament. 

Following the loss, OSU coach Wayne Tinkle held out hope for the NIT, “We’ll see,” Tinkle said. “My take is; if it’s the right situation, these guys have had a remarkable year and have earned an opportunity… But we’ll take that as it comes down the road.” 

Seems a shame that a season full of highs should end abruptly in Las Vegas during OSU’s first game that showcased many lows. Oregon State’s 18 first half points were the lowest of the season and its five total assists were also a low. The Beavers did not make a three pointer in the first half, despite the nine attempts from beyond the arc.

Another low; Fourth-seeded OSU was the first higher seeded team to be “upset” in the conference tournament.

OSU trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half but roared out of the locker room after halftime, coming to life for a second half comeback that would eventually fall short. The Beavers cut the deficit to six points with two 10-0 runs and exciting play from Tres Tinkle, Ethan Thompson and Stephan Thompson Jr., all which reached double-digit scoring marks.

Tinkle led the Beavers with 23 points, his fifth-consecutive game scoring 20-plus.

Colorado took back the momentum, extended its winning streak to five games, and eliminated the Beavers.

"They came out and made shots, got confident and we just didn't really do much to try to stop it," Tinkle said. 

The Cinderella story quickly turned scary; The Beavers' flat start doomed them from the start and sent them packing back to Corvallis.

Will Oregon State's record season lead to the Pac-12 Tournament crown?

Will Oregon State's record season lead to the Pac-12 Tournament crown?

Records: Oregon State (18-12, 10-6 Pac-12), Colorado (10-8, 20-11 Pac-12)

The fourth-seeded Beavers earned a coveted first-round bye in the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament. Oregon State will face No. 5 seed Colorado, who beat No. 12 seed California 56-54 in the first round on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals.

Why watch?  The winner of the Pac-12 Tournament gets the conference’s automatic bid to the to NCAA Tournament. Since any team can get hot in the tournament… Will it be OSU who takes the crown and heads to the big dance?

The Beavers are having a record season and have some of the Pac-12's veteran playmakers, including redshirt junior Tres Tinkle, who was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team earlier this week. Oregon State finished with its best conference record since the 1989-90 season, earning the highest seed in the tournament since that season.

On the line: Most projections have OSU on the outside of the NIT Tournament. A win over Colorado would boost Oregon State’s resume and likely send them back into the NIT field, so the season doesn’t end in Las Vegas.

In regular season: Oregon State played Colorado one time this season and won 76-74 on Jan. 31 on the road in Boulder, CO.

Fun Fact: Colorado coach Tad Boyle is the only Pac-12 coach to win four straight tournament games and claim a tournament title, accomplishing the feat in 2012.

Top Beavers:

Tres Tinkle is on fire, scoring 20-plus points in four consecutive games and posting four double-doubles in the last six games. He’s been particularily dangerous from beyond the arc in the last four games, shooting 50.0 percent (12-for-24) from three-point range. The redshirt junior finished second in the Pac-12 in scoring (21.4) in conference games.

Colorado will have its hands full with junior forward Kylor Kelley, who leads the Pac-12 and is second in the nation in blocked shots per game (3.4).

When senior Stephen Thompson Jr. goes, the Beavers go. OSU is 17-7 when he scores in double figures and 1-5 when he scores less than 10 points.

Buffs to keep an eye on

The win over Cal extends Colorado's winning streak to four games, which much thanks to sophomores Tyler Bey and McKinley Wright IV, both of whom earned first-team all-conference honors earlier this week.

Bey was also named the conference's Most Improved Player. He leads Colorado at 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field. He is the co-leader in the Pac-12 in double-doubles with 14.

Wright is averaging 13.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while leading the Buffaloes in assists (142) and steals (33). 

How and where to watch

Time: Thursday, March 14, 2:30 p.m

Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

TV: Pac-12 Networks


Back to basics for Oregon State with the Washington schools coming to town

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Back to basics for Oregon State with the Washington schools coming to town

The Oregon State men’s basketball team was a perfect 3-0 in Pac-12 conference play before running into a wall that was Arizona and Arizona State. After back-to-back losses in the desert, the Beavers return home to face their rivals up north in Washington State and Washington. 

On Tuesday, head coach Wayne Tinkle addressed the media regarding the struggles Oregon State encountered in Arizona: “We didn’t defend very well and didn’t rebound. That’s simple, but it’s what it came down to…”

“I don’t know if anyone has had a tougher go at the first five games,” says Tinkle of their start to conference play. “At Oregon, at Arizona’s, vs. L.A.’s at home. We weren’t happy with how we played, but knowing where we stand right now with five out of the next seven at home, we’re in a good spot. Just got to get back to doing the things we’re supposed to.” 

Let’s preview Washington State and Washington:

Records: Oregon State (11-6, 3-2 Pac-12); Washington State (8-10, 1-4 Pac-12); Washington (14-4, 5-0 Pac-12)

Game times: WSU @ OSU: 8 PM (PT) tipoff on Thursday, Jan. 24; UW @ OSU: 1 PM (PT) tipoff on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Players to watch for (Washington State Cougars):

This is Robert Franks’ team. The senior forward has stuck with head coach Ernie Kent’s program through think and thin. This season, Franks is averaging 21.5 points per game and 7.8 rebounds, but has missed several games due to injury. He returned last week vs. California and Stanford. 

His counterpart is junior Carter Skaggs, who has the 6’5” 215 lbs frame of a brick wall with a killer jump shot. Alongside Skaggs is shifty CJ Elleby, who in his freshman season is averaging 15.8 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game, which is huge from the guard position. 

Matchup to watch: Elleby/Franks vs. Thompson Jr./Tinkle. In order to slow down Elleby and Franks, the key is to make them uncomfortable by matching their physicality and pace.

Note: WSU head coach Ernie Kent is 20-12 all-time against Oregon State as a head coach, including his 13 years at Oregon. 


Players to watch for (Washington Huskies): 

The Huskies love to play a typical 2-3 defensive zone, and why would they do anything else when you’ve got 6’5” guard Matisse Thybulle with his 7’ wingspan. Thybulle is leading the conference in steals per game (2.7), and blocks per game (2.3). 

On the offensive side of the ball, you have to shadow sophomore guard Jaylen Nowell, who is the fifth leading scorer in the conference (16.7 ppg) and is very, very good at creating a shot for himself. Alongside Nowell is senior guard David Crisp, who has started every game since his sophomore season. HIs game experience and basketball I.Q. is a huge asset to this young Huskies team. 

Senior forward Noah Dickerson has played in 30+ games for the Huskies since his freshman season (2015-2016). Now, as a senior, he is still dominating under the basket. He may not be the leading scorer or grab as many rebounds as someone of his size should, however, he is the emotional leader of this team.

Matchup to watch: Dickerson vs. Kylor Kelley. Recently named to the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year midseason watchlist and with good reason: he leads the Pac-12 conference in blocks per game (3.9). One advantage Dickerson has over Kelley though is a big one, quite literally: Dickerson is 30 pounds heavier. Kelley must match Dickerson’s aggression.

The Huskies do not score a lot of points. In fact, they are currently 10th in the conference at ppg (72.6). It is their defense powered by that zone that make them difficult. If the Beavers can find their rhythm from behind the arc as well as rebound the ball and get second chance opportunities, Oregon State may run away with this one. 

Note: Early tipoff. The scheduled 1 PM (PT) tipoff is the earliest game that the Beavers have played so far during the regular season. It will be vitally important to start quickly especially against the Huskies. 

Oregon State leaves Las Vegas betting on a bright future

Oregon State leaves Las Vegas betting on a bright future

LAS VEGAS - No. 12-seed Oregon State had no business hanging close with No. 5-seed California in the first-round of the Pac-12 Tournament Wednesday afternoon at T-Mobile Arena.

But there the Beavers were trailing by just two points with a minute remaining and the ball in hand with a chance to steal a season-making win at their fingertips. 

Instead of seizing the moment, however, OSU freshman guard Kendal Manuel's three-pointer on a fast break resulted in an air ball that led to a Cal fast break the other way. Golden Bears senior guard Jabari Bird threw down a dunk and was fouled to give Cal a 62-57 lead following the made free throw with 54 seconds remaining. The Beavers were cooked and so to was their disastrous season. 

An emotional Wayne Tinkle responded after the game not by lamenting the loss but instead by praising his team for how it played today and how it responded all season to a series of adversities. OSU was hit hard by injuries and player departures, forced and unforced, that depleted the roster and led to a 5-27 season just a year after going 19-13 and reaching the NCAA Tournament. 

"Absolutely love each and every one of them," Tinkle said. "We went through quite a storm this year with a lot of curve balls thrown at us. They brought it every day. Great attitude. Great effort. Great energy. I'm supper proud for them for hanging in there."

As fate would have it, OSU had another player go down on Wednesday when forward Drew Eubanks injured his knee after scoring six points with four rebounds in 22 minutes. 

"We're playing our tails off and right there we lose one of our leaders," Tinkle said.

That was the story of the season. Players dropping like flies and the rest of the group trying to keep the ship afloat. Tinkle said that one of the key elements that held the team together was the support of the fans. 

"The majority of them stayed behind us," he said. "This is just an incredible group that's going to grow leaps and bounds with all we've faced."

The Beavers are a young team led primarily by sophomores and freshmen. Their best player, Tres Tinkle, the coach's son, played just the teams first six games before a foot injury did him in.

"We had some crap not go our way and you learn how to deal with it, be a better person because of and move on," Tinkle said. 

Tres Tinkle will be back, along with Eubanks, a sophomore, and freshman guard Kendal Manuel and sophomore guard Stephen Thompson Jr.   Forward Gligorije Rakocevic is also a sophomore. 

The realities of being so young and so banged up gave Manuel and Thompson reason to be optimistic about the team's immediate future.

"We've had a lot thrown at us this year. The main thing we can take from this year is that we kept battling," Thompson said. 

Said Manuel: "This is just going to help us go into the offseason and have that mindset that we don't want to ever have something like this happen again."

Oregon State will get healthy. It will get bigger, stronger, faster and more skilled.  Mostly, the Beavers will have the sting of a 5-27 season to learn from. The future, they believe, is bright. 

"Hopefully," Thompson said, "we got it all out of the way and come back next year and if everyone stays healthy, I think we can be a special team."