Nearly a Beaver, Now a Sun Devil. Jahii Carson Returns to Gill

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Nearly a Beaver, Now a Sun Devil. Jahii Carson Returns to Gill

By Jordan Whitley, College Basketball Insider, @JordanWhitley

VIDEO: When Joe Burton steps onto the court this Thursday night, his friend Jahii Carson becomes foe.

Carson, the red shirt freshman guard who's re-energized the Sun Devils with his speed and electricity, came oh-so-close to being a Beaver prior to the 2011 season before de-committing to the progam.

"Yeah we still talk and text a lot," says Burton, but when he comes to Gill "I don't know him."

Jahii and Joe's relationship goes back to prep days, when they were team mates on the Compton Magic. "It's the best travel team in the country...Compton Magic is family for life."

For Coach Robinson, he doesn't plan to let the emotions of a losing someone in 2011 affect him Thursday night. "I coach the guys who are in this locker room, and we win or lose together."

It will be interesting to see if emotions get to Carson, who's admitted that he "committed too early." The emotions, if any, are over a year in the making, as he had to sit out last season due to academic ineligibility. To boot, this is his first time back at Gill since a high school visit.

Mind games aside, Carson comes in as the number one weapon the Beavers must contain, averaging 16.7 point per game and leading the Pac-12 in minutes.

What to the Beavers have to do to stop him?

"Keep him from scoring," Joe says, and a telling grin spreads slowly across his face.

Check back tomorrow for a full scouting report from Coach Robinson and players.

Inspired second half not enough for Beavers in loss to Broncos

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Inspired second half not enough for Beavers in loss to Broncos

The Oregon State Beavers had a bit of a hole to climb out of in the second half vs. Boise State, trailing the Broncos by 24 points at the half, 31-7. If the first half was any indication, the Beavers were dead in the water.

The Broncos outgained the Beavers 435 to 67 in the first half, in one of the more lopsided affairs you may ever see.  The Beavers could have easily rolled over and let Boise State rattle off another 500 yards, but they didn’t.

Andersen’s crew showed heart. They showed fight. Even in defeat, the Beavers showed they will not go down without a fight. They may have lost the game, but there should be plenty of positive takeaways from this game (along with plenty negative ones)

Sure the Beavers were in a 31-7 hole, but the OSU team that played in the second half would have beat the heck out of the OSU team that played in the first.

Behind freshman walk-on quaterback Connor Blount, who started the second half for the injured Darell Garretson, the Beavers started to chip way.

On the second drive of the half, Blount led the Beavers right down the field, found pay dirt, and Reser Stadium was breathing a little life. Then, in a surprise move that caught Boise State on its heel, the Beavers went for, and recovered an onside kick.

A few plays later Garrett Owens drilled home the long FG, and suddenly it was a two score game, 31-17.

The Beavers looked refreshed and inspired. The sideline was full of vigor, and the defense went from Swiss cheese to world beater. Let’s reiterate, Boise State amassed 435 yards in the first half. They only managed 10 yards in the third quarter. That is a good adjustment by Beavers.

The Beavers defense played easily its best half of football, and for the entire second half Oregon State looked like the better team. Too bad, they were already down by 24 when they decided to start playing.

For the Beavers, an ugly first half was nearly salvaged by a stellar second half, but the taste was still too sour to stomach. The Beavers start Pac-12 play next week, which means they have seven days to learn how to play a full 48 minutes.

Final Score: Beavers 24 – Broncos 38

Key Sequence: In the first half the Beavers forced two key Boise State fumbles that resulted in great field position for OSU; Once starting at midfield, and once starting at the Broncos’ 22-yard line.  As nice as the fumbles were, Oregon State wasn’t able to score a single point off the two takeaways. In a game like this, points off turnovers can be the difference between a win and a loss, and they were today. Oregon State lost by 14 points, scoring on those two drives would have come in pretty handy.

Standout Beavers:

Freshman quarterback Connor Blount went from unknown scout player to the talk of the town after this game was over. After starting quarterback Darrell Garretson was pulled from the game because as Andersen said post game, he “wasn’t 100%,” Blount found himself thrown into action. The walk-on wasted little time putting on a show, driving the Beavers down the field, and leading the OSU to a touchdown. He showed poise and a great playmaking ability, and if anything else he gave the few Beavers fans who actually stayed in Reser something to cheer about. In all, he finished 11 of 18 for 138 yards through the air. Not a bad showing for his first half of action.

Standout Broncos:

The Beavers were torn apart by running back Jeremy McNichols. The Boise State junior rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns, and that was just in the first half. As good as McNichols was, he is not best running back the Beavers will face this season. Oregon State better fix some of their defensive issues, or some of these Pac-12 backs will run right through them.

Next Up: Oregon State travels to Boulder to take on the Colorado Buffaloes. Kickoff is set for 11:30 am on Saturday, October 1st.

FINAL STATS:

BEAVERS:

Passing:

Darell Garretson – 11-16, 53 yards and 0 touchdowns

Connor Blount - 11-18, 138 yards and 0 touchdowns

Rushing:

Ryan Nall –14 attempts, 67 yards and 2 touchdowns

Receiving:

Victor Bolden - 6 rec, 43 yards

Seth Collins – 9 rec, 106 yards

BRONCOS:

Passing:

Brett Rypien – 19-36, 215 yards and 1 touchdown

Rushing:

Jeremy McNichols – 28 attempts, 208 yards and 3 touchdowns

Receiving:

Jeremy McNichols – 4 rec, 20 yards and 1 touchdown

Thomas Sperbeck – 6 rec, 104 yards

Chaz Andersen: 4 rec, 45 yards

Beavers have big hill to climb vs Boise State

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Beavers have big hill to climb vs Boise State

The Oregon State Beavers have a bit of a hill to climb vs Boise State, trailing the Broncos by 24 points at the half, 31-7.

Early on the game has been more lopsided than the score would indicate. The Broncos have outgained the Beavers 435 to 67, and have had no problem marching down the field.

The Beavers, on the other hand, just can’t move the ball. OSU has forces two Boise State turnovers, both times resulting in great field position, but couldn’t get a single point on the board.

The Beavers one scoring drive was with a short field, set up by a 59-yard kick return from Victor Bolden. 41 yards later the found the end zone, and the drive the first and last time they moved the ball in the half.

On the bright side, the Beavers had shown they can force a few Boise State mistakes, and being just a two score game, there is still plenty of time to right the ship.

Halftime Score: Beavers 7 – Broncos 31

HALFTIME STATS:

BEAVERS –

Passing:

Darell Garretson – 11-16, 53 yards and 0 touchdowns

Rushing:

Ryan Nall – 5 attempts, 27 yards and 1 touchdown

Receiving:

Victor Bolden - 4 rec, 12 yards

Seth Collins – 2 rec, 16 yards

BRONCOS:

Passing:

Brett Rypien – 12-20, 132 yards and 1 touchdown

Rushing:

Jeremy McNichols – 14 attempts, 146 yards and 3 touchdowns

Receiving:

Jeremy McNichols – 2 rec, 22 yards and 1 touchdown

Thomas Sperbeck – 4 rec, 46 yards

Chaz Andersen: 3 rec, 34 yards

Oregon State to undertake national search to replace departing Stansbury

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Oregon State to undertake national search to replace departing Stansbury

Oregon State University is launching an immediate national search to replace Todd Stansbury, vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at OSU, who this morning was hired by his alma mater, Georgia Tech University, in Atlanta, Ga.

Stansbury has led Oregon State’s athletics department since August 2015 after serving more than three years as vice president and athletics director at the University of Central Florida. He previously was at Oregon State from 2003-12.

Stansbury said the decision to leave Oregon State and return to Georgia Tech was a difficult one. He played football there as a linebacker; graduated from GT in 1984; and worked in the athletics department from 1987-95.

“My wife Karen and I chose to return to Oregon State because we loved this university and Corvallis so much,” he said. “Oregon State is an excellent university, and its men’s and women’s programs are among the best in the Pac-12 Conference and successfully compete against top programs nationally. But Georgia Tech is my alma mater. Anyone who has heard me speak, knows of the passion I have for the opportunities that I was granted there as a student, as an athlete, and as a past member of the Georgia Tech athletics department.”

Oregon State President Edward J. Ray said he was disappointed to see Stansbury leave, but understands his decision.

“I have known Todd for a number of years and appreciate all that he accomplished while here,” Ray said. “While I was very pleased to hire him in 2015 to return to Oregon State, I do understand the pull of his alma mater.”

Ray said he will engage an advisory group of university, alumni and leaders in intercollegiate sports to begin an immediate national search for a new athletic director. The selection process will be aided by a national search firm focused in intercollegiate athletics. Ray said he plans to name an interim athletic director as soon as possible by following university procedures.

The search committee will be led by Joey Spatafora, an OSU distinguished professor and the university’s faculty athletic representative to the PAC-12 conference. Ray said he is confident that Oregon State will draw interest from many high-caliber athletics administrators throughout the nation.

Spatafora said the committee will seek candidates who will build upon Oregon State’s strong winning culture in men’s and women’s sports; who can foster student-athlete success in academics and community; and who can drive financial stability within the athletics department.

“We will attract someone who well understands the 21st century student-athlete,” Spatafora said. “Our new athletic director will advance the important role that athletics play on the Oregon State campus, among our students, fans and donors – in Oregon and across the nation.”

Ray said he has no doubts that Oregon State’s search will be successful.

“I guarantee that our new athletic director will add significantly to the success of Oregon State’s men’s and women’s athletics,” Ray said. “Fan excitement and engagement will grow, and he or she will be committed to all student-athletes and to all OSU students. I expect that we will attract well-experienced candidates and strongly qualified candidates of diversity. Our new director will contribute to the remarkable transformation that is occurring at Oregon State where everything we do is about inclusive excellence and leadership.

“While transitions such as these are unexpected, OSU remains committed to high-level athletics achievement by competing and winning championships the right way – the Oregon State way,” Ray said.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Stansbury graduated with a degree in industrial management from Georgia Tech, where he played linebacker for the Yellow Jackets’ football team.  He went on to earn a master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State University in 1993.

Before coming to Oregon State, Stansbury worked in athletics administration at Georgia Tech (1990-95), where he was assistant athletic director; the University of Houston (1997-2000), as associate athletic director; and East Tennessee State (2000-03), where he was director of athletics.

While at Oregon State, Stansbury expanded OSU’s “Everyday Champions” program that emphasizes student-athlete success in the classroom and in the community. He led a resurgent Oregon State presence in the Portland region by re-starting the Far West Basketball Classic and launching the Dam City Showcase – a series of baseball games against national competition hosted by the Beaver baseball team and spring football scrimmage.

Under Stansbury’s leadership, the OSU women’s basketball team competed in the 2016 NCAA Final Four, and the men’s basketball team played in the 2016 NCAA men’s tournament.

Oregon State’s intercollegiate athletics program has 17 NCAA sports, more than 500 student-athletes and a budget that exceeds $70 million.

OSU AD Todd Stansbury leaves for Georgia Tech

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OSU AD Todd Stansbury leaves for Georgia Tech

RELEASE FROM GEORGIA TECH:

Georgia Institute of Technology has named former Tech football player and Oregon State University Athletic Director Todd Stansbury as its new director of athletics. The 1984 alumnus (B.S. Industrial Management) was introduced at a Thursday morning press conference by Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson.

Stansbury has served as Oregon State's athletic director since June 2015 following a nine-year stint as the university's executive associate athletic director from 2003-2012. During his time at Oregon State, Stansbury was part of a senior management team that raised $150 million for a football stadium expansion, in addition to fundraising for the construction of a sports performing center. He also was part of a team that established several career development initiatives for student-athletes.

"Todd Stansbury is committed to athletes' success both on and off the field," Peterson said. "His global perspective and leadership experience in athletics and development, combined with a lifelong passion for Georgia Tech, make him the ideal candidate. I believe this is one of those rare golden moments in life where opportunity meets ambition. We welcome him home." 

Stansbury's resume also includes roles as athletic director at the University of Central Florida (2012-2015) and East Tennessee State University (2000-2003). He was Georgia Tech's assistant athletic director for academics from 1988-1995 under Homer Rice. Now he returns to campus to guide a department that features 15 teams in 17 NCAA Division I varsity sports. He will be introduced during tonight's home football game against Clemson.

"I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to return to Georgia Tech, a place that has played such a large role in my life and the place responsible for opening up a world to me that I didn't even know existed," Stansbury said. "I am thankful to President Peterson and the selection committee for providing me this opportunity."

Stansbury grew up in Canada. When he was 10 years old and on vacation with his family in Florida, he befriended several Georgia Tech football players staying at the same hotel. During the drive back home to Ontario, his family stopped on campus to see a practice. That's when Stansbury knew he wanted to play football on The Flats. He earned varsity letters while at Georgia Tech from 1980-1984 as a middle linebacker and on special teams for head coach Bill Curry. He was a third-round draft pick of the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1984.

Stansbury is only the ninth director of athletics in Georgia Tech history. He will follow in the footsteps of storied names such as Rice, John Heisman, and Bobby Dodd. He was hired following a national search that began in August when Mike Bobinski accepted the athletics director position at Purdue University. A nine-member search committee led by Georgia Tech Foundation President Al Trujillo identified candidates. The search process was assisted by Turnkey Search.

Paul Griffin, who is serving as interim director of athletics, will assist with the transition through the end of the year.

"I want to thank Al and the search committee for their outstanding guidance in evaluating candidates," Peterson said. "I'm also personally grateful for the leadership and Paul, who interrupted his retirement to return to campus to lead our Athletics Association. He will continue to be a great asset during the transition period for the remainder of 2016."

Georgia Tech has achieved a school-record Graduation Success Rate (84 percent according to the most recent NCAA figures from November 2015) in each of the past three years. The Institute also recorded outstanding scores in the Academic Progress Rate (APR), which provides a real-time NCAA metric to measure the success of institutions in moving student-athletes toward graduation. The latest APR statistics, released in April, reported that 13 of Georgia Tech's 15 teams scored 980 or better out of a possible 1,000 points.

Beavers turn attention to Boise State

Beavers turn attention to Boise State

The Oregon State Beavers won their first game in nearly a year on Saturday, and now look to the tough challenge of taking on the Boise State Broncos. There are still a lot of things for the Beavers to work on before Saturday, and Boise State will be a great measuring stick to see how the Beavers look heading into Pac-12 play. On Monday, head coach Gary Andersen addressed the media in his weekly press conference to break down the win over ISU, and talk expectations for Saturday's matchup with the Broncos. Check out the video below courtesy of Oregon State Athletics.

OSU rolls Idaho State, wins home opener

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OSU rolls Idaho State, wins home opener

After a disapointing opening week game at Minnesota, OSU bounced back for a 37-7 win over Idaho State in their home opener at Reser Stadium. Following the game, coaches and players talked about the win and you can watch those videos below. Check out the box score as well as a game recap at NBC Sports.

Andersen: "It's been a long time since these kids have tasted victory."

Is coach Andersen an old crusty guy? He thinks so...

Beavs CB Treston Decoud: "We expect to win" 

Darell Garretson on Victor Bolden: "We call him quick six" 

Garretson on how the Beavs balance emotions

With Bye Week behind them, Beavers prepare to take on Idaho State

With Bye Week behind them, Beavers prepare to take on Idaho State

The Beavers used the bye week to get over a tough loss to Minnesota, and now it's time to turn their attention to the home opener against Idaho State.  The Beavers are looking to get their first win of the season, and at the same time prep for a very tough game next week against the Boise State Broncos. For Oregon State, it should be an easy win, but if the first two weeks are any indication, you cannot take any team in the NCAA lightly. Earlier today Coach Andersen held his weekly press conference to talk about the game, and what Beaver Nation can expect come Saturday. Check out the video below, courtesy of Oregon State, to hear what Andersen had to say ahead of his team's matchup with the Bengals. 

Old Oregon State Football lockers go up for auction

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Old Oregon State Football lockers go up for auction

Oregon State posted an auction item on publicsurplus.com last that should have Beavers fans checking their bank accounts and getting ready to bid.

With the recent renovations of the Valley Center, Oregon State now has 40 old lockers that they are looking to get rid of.

According to the listing:

      Up for auction is an Oregon State University Football Locker.
      Dimensions: 29 1/2" deep, 37" wide, 90" tall 
      Weight is unknown but not to heavy. 
      All the lockers are the same style with various conditions.
      There are no keys or combinations included.
      The lockers came out of the Valley Football Center at OSU. They needed to be removed for a remodel.
      You can bid on more than one.

The auction is set to end at 4:00 PM today (September 7th), but it is noted in the listing that the auction could extend.

Currently, the bids are starting at $75, which is a steal of a deal to own a rare part of Beavers history.

For more information, or to place a bid, just follow the link below.

BEAVERS AUCTION

It appears Mannion has beaten out Goff for Rams' backup QB job

It appears Mannion has beaten out Goff for Rams' backup QB job

The Los Angeles Rams paid a high price to move up in the draft to make former California quarterback Jared Goff the first pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

But if you've been paying attention, you know that Goff has not had a very solid exhibition season for the Rams. And while this story seems to think that it's "shocking" that Goff couldn't pass Sean Mannion on the depth chart or even be the starter ahead of Case Keenum, Goff's performance in the exhibition season has not merited any sort of immediate playing time.

In fact, having seen Mannion in college, I've felt Mannion -- the ex-Oregon State star -- had a chance to be a pretty good pro. I was never that sold on Goff. So far, the Rams aren't, either.