Monthly Archives: December 2016

Scott Barnes Hired As Oregon State Athletic Director

Oregon State has ended a fall-long absence of an Athletic Director with a weeks long hiring process that will bring Scott Barnes to Corvallis to fill the job vacated when Todd Stansbury left after only about a year to return to his alma mater, and take the AD job at Georgia Tech.

“I am very excited to join Beaver Nation and am ready to hit the ground running and build upon the success of OSU Athletics,” Barnes said in a statement. “I guarantee that we will contribute to advancing the mission of this university. We will deliver the highest level of achievement on the playing field and for all student-athletes in the classroom, in the community and in their lives and careers. Everything that we will do will be defined by excellence. Success will be measured in wins, championships, and by providing the best student-athlete experience possible.”

“I chose Scott Barnes because he is the perfect fit for Oregon State University,” Oregon State President Ed Ray added in another statement. “He will guide OSU Athletics to compete and win championships the right way, the Oregon State way. Scott is a proven leader and a champion with a long track record of success. He will lead the immediate and long term achievement for all OSU sports programs, and contribute greatly to the passion of everyone within Beaver Nation. He understands that at Oregon State University, good is not good enough. OSU and its student-athletes will be champions in all aspects of athletics, as students and in the community.”

Barnes officially begins work February 13, and will have a Vice-President title to go along with Athletic Director on his business card.

Terms of the negotiated hire, which began last week, only to bog down, leading to a disjointed episode with the school’s marketing mouthpiece, but reached fruition today, were not mentioned in the initial announcement.

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Winter of Waiting

Winter term has gone and winter weather has come on the Oregon State campus.

And with Beaver fans relegated to third party observers of the bowl season that begins today only from a distance (again), the campus is in the middle of a winter of waiting.

Waiting for anything of importance, and substance. It could be a long winter wait.

Sure, there were the announcements this week of the JC commits and early enrollees to Gary Andersen’s football program. But while there is potential, the reality is we won’t really know for sure until at least September of the impact these early arrivals will have.

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Coaching Carousel Spins In The Valley

The big news yesterday morning that resonated nationally was Oregon’s hire of Willie Taggart as the next Ducks football coach. There was also another significant move locally in the annual coaching carousel, with the announcement that Oregon State wide receivers coach Brent Brennan will be the new head coach at San Jose State. While both hires are important, it’s the next hires that really matter, in both Eugene and Corvallis.

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Pac-12 Postseason Perspective

With the Beavers out of the post-season picture for the third year in a row (the last 2, by Veterans’ day, never mind Thanksgiving), and 5th time in 7 years, Oregon State fans (and reporters) are again in the position of being third party observers to this weekend’s championship games, and the next month’s bowl fun.

Especially with a men’s basketball team headed for a long and likely less than exciting season, a result of youth, injuries (getting Stevie Thompson back helped, but that didn’t happen until after Tres Tinkle’s hand injury), and being a turnover machine (Oregon State is one of the worst in the country when it comes to taking care of the ball), and a women’s team that’s playing off the continent, never mind off the radar, right now.

At least the Ducks are done for the football season too, though March Madness will be in their future.

Some Oregon State fans, and some of the local media, will largely look the other way rather than at the Pac-12 in the post-season, but that deprives them of some of the most interesting football of the year. That also means missing out on what it means for the Beavers down the road, which will be notable on a number of levels.

But first, lets review what’s happened, and take a look at some of the reasons why.

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