23.Dec.2014 Kalani Sitake DC

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Beavs are going to be decent next year. Tack on one more win.

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  • Beavblazer Beavblazer says:
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    Go Beavs! (How do you pronounce Sitake? it took me this long just to figure out how to spell ‘Andersen’ properly)

  • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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    A DL coach coming in from Wisconsin AND another one from Utah?

    • whatever says:
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      One could argue that we haven’t had a DL coach the last few years, so this averages things out.

      Ilaisa Tuiaki was RB coach before he was a DL coach.

  • Beavblazer Beavblazer says:
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    It’s funny how we’ve gone from having the “family” pipeline in recruiting in the past. Now we’re going with pretty much everybody who’s anybody in the state of Utah. #OSUtah

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    Nice grabs but now I’m really intrigued by what our OC situation is. What I can say is that we will have a defensive line that will definitely not suck.

  • RanYakumo RanYakumo says:
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    Well, this is a nice consolation prize for not getting Aranda. Still hoping the offensive coordinator is someone decent though.

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    Love the hire. Really enjoyed watching Utah play this past season. Will be nice to have the d coach from there, and probably better because Gary Andersen will have his input I would imagine. Great hires, wonder who those guys might be able to pull from the Utes recruit wise

  • dickie says:
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    yeah sitake + tuiaki are damn good hires. d should good in the future. i’m guessing andersen won’t take any utah coaches for O since the utes were not that great on that side of the ball this year.

  • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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    With names like that to pronounce I’d say it’s time to HIDE THE NAPKINS!!!

    And the whiskey. 🙂

  • HireMattWells says:
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    YYYYYEEEEESSSSS !!!!!!!!!!

  • GOBeavers GOBeavers says:
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    Andersen may have actually wanted Sitake instead of Aranda….

    Andersen wanted a DC at OSU that is familiar with defending the high tempo Pac-12 offenses. Felt Aranda wasn't equipped. Sitake is— Kevin Graham (@KevinGrahamWEEI) December 23, 2014

  • whatever says:
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    Interesting thread on Reddit, Keith Kostol did an ‘Ask Me Anything’ today:

    VEGADARK541:

    Hi, big OSU fan here. My question is if you, any of the other players, or any of the coaching staff ever read (or post on?) any of the fan message boards out there (to your knowledge), such as pure-orange.net or the scout.com message boards.

    KEITH KOSTOL:

    I read some of them, and i’m not sure that you can read the scout.com ones without a subscription. But I actually started reading AngryBeavs.com because of a joke about one of our kickers they made:

    “Max Johnson is atrocious. He isn’t even a legit D1 option, so he’ll only see the field if Tony Soprano breaks Romaine’s kneecaps.”

    That was one of the funniest things I’ve seen on a sports related message board. As for reading any others, I haven’t and I haven’t heard of the coaching staff doing so either but I’m sure they do.

    It is funny sometimes to read what people think about a player, and say to yourself, “if you only knew…”

      • Bill says:
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        Some pretty fun answers from an insider’s perspective.

        [–]Nebraska Cornhuskersilydysem 1 point 5 hours ago
        How is Bruce Read as a ST coordinator? Hate to be on the coaching carousel, but I was really pleased to learn about Mike Riley after the initial shock of the hire wore off.
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        [–]Oregon State Beavers / Verified PlayerOSU_punter_48[S] 6 points 5 hours ago
        He’s good, he knows exactly what the strengths and weaknesses are of his schemes. He was limited by coach Riley with fakes and such, because Coach Riley doesn’t like them all that much. For a while this season we had the best kick return average in the country, though. The kick return that Ryan Murphy took back against USC this year was run exactly as drawn up. They had a weak backside, and we just out-schemed them on that one. With the kind of athletes that Nebraska can bring in, I think he will do well there.

        What do you think of Mike Riley?
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        [–]Oregon State Beavers / Verified PlayerOSU_punter_48[S] 18 points 6 hours ago*
        Great guy, off and on the field. Some people think that he is oblivious to all the things that college kids do. They’ll joke about how he talks, “gee golly I just hope that young man can…”. But hear me now, that man knows EVERYTHING that goes on in his program. He remembers your parents names (as a player), your brothers names, your sisters names. If you get into trouble, he has ways of finding out exactly what you did. He also knows A LOT about football. I think many people dismiss all the respect he gets because he is nice, but really he has a lot of respect from the coaching community because he is so knowledgable of the game.
        edit: a word

        [–]Florida State Seminoles / Mercer BearsFSUalumni 5 points 6 hours ago
        Do you feel like you, as a punter, were treated the same as the other players on the team? How was the experience of the team dynamic as a special teams player who is often only talked about when something goes wrong?
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        [–]OSU_punter_48[S] 8 points 6 hours ago
        Well, at OSU you are just another dude on the team. If everyone sees that you are helping the team with your play on the field, they really respect you. That said, I’ve heard that the culture is A LOT different at other programs more along the line of what you may have heard.
        I think its better actually, because with the high profile players its a constant thing. They will always be interviewed after practice and asked those stupid “reporter questions”. If you screwed up in the game, you know it and you know you will hear about it later.

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          Who’s supposedly answering the questions? Kostol? Interviewer should have asked him about his great improvemet this year under “Bruce Almighty”!

          Kostol should have asked the interviewer if he thinks it will be ok with Husker Nation if there is never another blocked punt or FG while Read is there.

          • Jim says:
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            “If you get into trouble, he has ways of finding out exactly what you did.”

            Quite the juxtaposition with the Brenda Tracy rape scandal. Maybe he should say “If you get into trouble, he has ways of finding out exactly what you did- if he wants to.”

    • angry angry says:
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      Anyone have his contact info? I want to write him for an interview.

  • GOBeavers GOBeavers says:
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    Here’s the link to where the Kafentzis stream will be http://v6.player.abacast.net/2140 at 3:35.

    Lots of Kafentzis news leaking…

    On recruting front, word is Utah HS star QB Austin Kafentzis is thinking of switching his committment from Wisconsin to Oregon State…— Kevin Graham (@KevinGrahamWEEI) December 23, 2014

    Word is OSU's Andersen has a few QB's on recruiting board that he likes in addition to Kafentzis. Wants it to be an open QB competition— Kevin Graham (@KevinGrahamWEEI) December 23, 2014

    Apparently Kafentzis or those close to him wants a promise he will be the OSU QB this fall. Andersen not willing to make that committment— Kevin Graham (@KevinGrahamWEEI) December 23, 2014

    • mexibeav mexibeav says:
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      Andersen would probably lose the locker room for giving him the nod over other players on the roster. If he’s worried about a little competition, he’s not that good. Pass.

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      Very interesting.

      Good to hear Andersen thinks we’ll be in a good spot either way. I’d rather it was an open competition.

    • angry angry says:
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      Kafentzis makes a bad decision. He’ll be bad at Wisconsin in that system.

      I have to think that might change before signing day.

      • whatever says:
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        I agree.

        I’m excited to see what the guys currently on the team can do and I think it would have sent bad message to gift this guy the #1 slot on the depth chart before he sets foot on campus.

      • ean says:
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        seemed to work out ok for Russel Wilson.

        • youngorst says:
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          Russell Wilson was already a very very good QB before he went to Wisconsin, Chryst didn’t magically turn Wilson into what he is today. He was a 3 year starter at NC State and flashed a ton of potential there already.
          I bet AK never sees the field as QB at Wisconsin and not because he couldn’t fit but because he is NOT Chryst’s guy. Sure Chryst convinced him to stay but realistically Chryst invested no time in the relationship and at the end of the day will feel little to no obligation to develop this kid. Chryst will go find the QB he really wants and AK will be a nice 3rd stringer just in case (or maybe move to safety).
          GA on the other hand would have.
          Coaches want QBs that are “their guy” it is the one position where that is essential to the success of both. AK isn’t some can’t miss kid, he is just another guy to Chryst. That really matters in terms of being a QB.

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            maybe WI is not the best fit for him but if you are good enough where you go to school is kind of irrelevant.

          • youngorst says:
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            Couldn’t disagree more with that when it comes to the QB position.

            Sure, if he is an elite level talent it won’t matter but if he is just a typical 3-4 star QB where you go can often make all the difference in the world.

            If Mannion had gone to Arizona to play Mike Stoops you think he’d have broken PAC records?

            I believe that for a QB where you go is very very important, hell if Marcus Marriota had gone to Stanford you think he wins the Heisman and goest in the top 5 of the NFL draft? I don’t. System and relationships with the coach are incredibly important for QBs.

          • ean says:
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            Still win the Heisman? Probably not, it is more of a team award anyway. Top 5 in the draft? yes, the NFL finds talent.

            Mannion probably wouldn’t have broken records or even started all 4 years under Stoops but Mannion is borderline NFL talent.

          • Jack says:
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            Wait… hold on… you think Mariota is a better pro QB prospect and upside than Mannion?

            I’m not saying Mannion will be a long time starter. He does have that upside. And we’ve learned over the years that everyone except the WR’s and DE’s need real instruction once they leave OSU. So Mannion could be a Bernie Kosar type. He never showed any competitive edge. So that’s that.

            But Mariota is a system QB. I love the kid and wish him well. But he has a noodle arm, and his accuracy is overstated because of the throws he makes within his system. Go ahead and listen to the announcers in a Nikegon game sometime. They speak after incompletions about how that ball was just “zipped in there.” They’ll talk about that long ball, where the receiver had enough space to stop and wait for two counts, as a pass that “hit the receiver in stride.”

            And Al Davis must live on, because that’s the precise kind of bullshit hype he used to buy instead of finding NFL football players.

          • Jim says:
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            I could potentially see Mariota actually being a more sure-fire NFL pick, if he had been developed in a pro-style system.

          • Jack says:
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            Idk… that might be true. But he still just does not have the arm necessary to make those throws. And that’s on the college level. There are a bunch of pick-sixes awaiting his NFL career. If Mariota had Mannion’s arm… or if Mannion had Mariota’s poise… we could be talking about vastly different futures for both.

            Looking around the Pac right now, I see Kessler holding a clipboard for a solid pay day in the NFL. His arm is borderline good. Hundley… I don’t understand a single assessment which puts him in a uniform on Sunday… as a QB. Hogan at least gets the benefit of his system knowledge. But again, his arm is a noodle. Goff is all I see with both arm and ability right now. And he’s still raw.

          • angry angry says:
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            I think Mannion’s arm is a little overrated and Mariotta’s a bit underrated. If I were a GM I’d take Mariotta. I think Mannion’s slow delivery and bad decisions/lack of pose lead to a ton of INTs in the NFL. But maybe this is a Hekker situation where with good coaching he becomes better? I don’t think the NFL has patience to groom guys to that degree, in general. Jeff Goff is probably the best pro prospect of the group as you point out. I don’t even see Hogan getting drafted.

          • Jack says:
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            I don’t know how anyone can call Mariota’s arm underrated. He doesn’t make sideline throws or pass into tight windows because he can’t make those throws. He’s about 25% over the top. And that includes those receptions wher his receiver has to come to a full stop and wait for the ball before he runs into the end zone. He has great mechanics. But when people talk about his accuracy, they conflate it with his completion percentage. He’s very good at flares, inside curls, delayed seams and wheel routes. The first make up about 50% of his passes.

            During Nikegon games, announcers talk about how he really does have an NFL arm… incessantly. He “zips” it in there. He’s hits wide open receivers “in stride” whether they’re moving or not. He “runs through his progressions quickly” even though his feet tell you from the beginning where he’s going to throw.

            It’s like listening to little dude co-worker talk about how great he is with the ladies… then going over to his place on a Friday to meet his cat and have a cheap beer and a TV dinner.

            Someone (everyone) is overcompensating. And it forces cognitive dissonance despite all the reality film and game tape provide. The first time I was intelligent and mature enough to see all this happening was when I was watching college football in the late 80’s/early 90’s. You had the Houston QBs, Marinovich, Maddox, McGuire, the Florida QBs, the Notre Dame QBs, George… ooh… remember Elkins and Nagle?

            All the same glowing comments were made about these guys when it was pretty obvious they were making plays against people who would not be in the NFL and some making many many plays because their system took great advantage of this fact. So and so is just so poised in the pocket. So and so has a rocket for an arm (on a lob pass). So and so is just so accurate (on just about every completion. So and so just zipped that ball in there (code for: that would have been a pick six in the NFL, but since this is college he gets away with that crap).

            My personal favorite, which I do not hear any announcer say of Mariota despite the incessant overcompensating, is, “That was a big time throw. He’s going to play on Sundays.”

            Yup… that QB who is doing his job and is now 15 for 28 for 135 yards… in the fourth quarter… just made one good throw. Now he’s going to play in the NFL.

      • Jack says:
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        He’ll be better than what they have.

    • RanYakumo RanYakumo says:
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      Well, that’s mighty arrogant of him. Plus, it kind of shows a lack of confidence in his own skills.

    • angry angry says:
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      Apparently Kafentzis or those close to him wants a promise he will be the OSU QB this fall. Andersen not willing to make that commitment

      That’s insane. Good for GA passing on this guy…seems like he has ego problems. He’s nothing like Russel Wilson. Wilson threw a 90mph fastball and was drafted to play baseball. He was an all world talent and mature beyond his years. Also a great decision maker. This guy AK looks good, and I want him, but he is not Russel Wilson.

      • Beavblazer Beavblazer says:
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        We saw how well that worked with Mannion….

      • Bill says:
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        But Andersen must have made that commitment to him while at Wisconsin. Maybe this is a good sign for Del Rio since Andersen has now watched tape (probably practice tape) on him.

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          Andersen will get Davy Moore or someone else like that, and he’ll probably try to get by this year with what’s on the roster. I don’t think Del Rio fits GA’s system. He didn’t show heady play and GA said he puts a premium on that. He also doesn’t run very well from what I saw.

          • Bill says:
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            Maybe, I think Del Rio wouldn’t be a bad fit. Not a perfect fit but I think he could make it work.

          • cj cj says:
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            Can a quarterback run well in Riley’s system?

          • Jack says:
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            It’s hard to run when you’re taught to take the fetal position under pressure.

      • Jim says:
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        Agree with you on the quote. If you have to be promised a starting spot, then chances are you are not that good. Kind of like when you have to pay to get VIP treatment at events, then you are not a VIP.

  • corliss says:
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    no deal on Kafentzis. We can live without ya.

    • Jack says:
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      Wait… how does it work at other schools?

      We didn’t want/need him anyway. I guess he just didn’t know the value of and/or want to do the hard work it takes to be a success. Blah blah blobbety blah!

      This year is a give-away for recruiting. Sure, it would be awesome to get some prized PSAs. But I want them where we need them… DT… OL… LB… CB. There are still some undecideds and unheralded players out there in these position groups who are very good and might be taking a good look at us right now.

      • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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        And besides that the OC position hasn’t been decided yet…. Or maybe it has and that’s why….

        Never mind

  • GOBeavers GOBeavers says:
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    Sounds like they really sold him on the Russell Wilson thing.

    Kinda funny we switch to a spead and “lose” a more spread guy to a pro-style system. LOL.

    • Jack says:
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      Then why didn’t he commit to NCSt and tell them he’d be back in three years after graduating from college?

      • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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        That is the secret deal.

        • mckalk says:
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          You guys are missing the obvious here. AK now gets to play against Riley and Banker every year!!!!

  • Beavblazer Beavblazer says:
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    Davy Moore ?@David_Moore5 2m2 minutes ago
    Me and AK gotta talk lol ????????

  • Jack says:
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    OT… oh dear….

    We’ll put this in Christmas terms. Do you see what I see?
    https://twitter.com/CollegeScenes/status/547543259929935872

    • Jack says:
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      I downloaded that one. That’s a keeper.

      Thank you Nikegon.

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      Who posted that pic Jack?

      • Jack says:
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        https://twitter.com/CollegeScenes

        I need to go find that sign. I haven’t seen it before. But one would think it has been fixed by now. I can’t imagine even the Ducks are so dumb that one of them wouldn’t eventually catch it.

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          The classic 7-up sign in the background should help give a good clue of its location. Surely someone here knows Eugene well enough to locate it.

          • Redhook42 says:
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            I think that is at the Wild Duck Brewery, but I could be wrong.

          • Jack says:
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            I think you’re right, except it’s the Cafe on Franklin across from the TTATT. The Brewery was on 6th and closed a while ago… for good reason. But that makes sense with the flying duck on top. That image is all over the damn restaurant.

          • WFO WFO says:
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            The original Wild Duck was awesome, Glen’s Best Bitter was my favorite beer in that era.

            Saw The Reverend Horton Heat and Floater and who knows who else at the venue.

            Too bad about Glen he was a good dude.

          • Jack says:
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            Squatch was cool.

        • beavblazer beavblazer says:
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          So aside from the poor spelling…..how did they figure USC was 109 miles away from UCLA? I’ve made that drive before and would guess it’s between 20-25 miles, although traffic could make it feel more like 109.

          • Jack says:
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            Yeah… a second look at it makes me wonder where I would really end up if I followed the precise direction and distance shown on that pole. I think we end up on top of Mary’s Peak. The Zony schools end up somewhere around Denver. Cal is in Winnemucca. UCLA is in Vegas, and USC is in Needles? Wazzu looks like it might be smack dab in the middle of the North Cascades NP. And UW has to be close to 100 miles west of Aberdeen.

            Just spit-balling these coordinates, but that pole is off big time.

          • Jack says:
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            Oh… but Standford looks about right.

            Sheesh!

    • scotty says:
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      Yeah, I see that some duck fan spelled 9 out of 10 schools correctly. That’s gotta be some sort of record!

  • ace0099 says:
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    Utah fans are not happy

    http://utefans.net/message.php?id=1687860

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      Utah has some beautiful places for scenery and skiing, but I’d take Corvallis over any town in Utah, and Corvallis is about 8th on my list of Oregon towns I’d live in.

      • homefry homefry says:
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        hey–I paid $729.40 to get your top 7 Oregon towns…where’s Bend fit on the list?

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          Not in order:
          Portland, Joseph, Bend, Manzanita, Astoria, Hood River. Brookings could make the list if it just had a little more going on in town. Actually several coastal towns could be on this list.

          • Jack says:
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            I was gonna push the coastals. I’m not huge on Manzanita… love Astoria… Brookings is enticing because it looks like real town, which is different for the Oregon Coast… and you can hit the redwoods and stop by the liquor store on the way home.

            Agree 100% with Joseph, Bend and Astoria. But I would fill out my list with Yachats, Port Orford, Jordan Valley… and… come on now… Silverton.

      • cj cj says:
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        Bend fits right below Sisters…

    • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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      I wonder if Kyle W is pissed off at his old DC for poaching his staff?

      • mckalk says:
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        Kyle is a tough SOB, there is going to be brawl between him and Andersen before the game starts. He’s not going to forgive on this one!

  • wannabeav says:
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    just curious; wouldn’t these two guys be the Utah defensive coaches who mocked Riley/Langsdorf in 2011? Not that that wasn’t deserved.

    • WFO WFO says:
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      That was Whittingham with the “I can’t believe they didn’t stack the box” comment.

      • beavblazer beavblazer says:
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        Actually, that was everybody who watched that game who said that

  • beavblazer beavblazer says:
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    Oficial announcement with pronunciation

    http://www.osubeavers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30800&ATCLID=209820754#.VJoWXaTiY7E.twitter

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    GA is targeting the Ducks with these hires. This guy is basically me if I were a coach. I think I’m in love.

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      Angryboners.com

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      GD, that comment is amazing.

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        I’m not quite sure why… other than the irrational nature of them.

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          Lavishing praise on Anderson then comparing self to Anderson = masturcomment.

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            I noted the irrational aspect. But your “reasoning” has more issues than his original comment.

            And I don’t see you being consistent in calling out your own comment.

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            What I meant is that everything I have written on this blog that should be done, Andersen is actually doing.

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      Wow, that comment is amazing.

  • bleedorange says:
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    What do u guys think about marshall’s bill legg? They r one of the top offenses in the nation.

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      I like him, but I always thought of him as an east coast type. He’s been an assistant for some good head men. You can probably ask bendbeaver about him and his time at Purdue. Marshall started doing some weird stuff later in that game today though. Their run and short passes were working well, then they started trying to go over the top for some reason.

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        Then again, his predecessor might be a good idea too. Tony Petersen did a decent job this year, and the pieces Legg worked with were mostly put in place by him.

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    I also wouldn’t be surprised if Andersen pulled AK’s scholie offer once he requested a guarantee to be the starter. Doubt Andersen would put up with that crap. I’d like to hear the real story there.

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      Nah… you don’t burn bridges like that. Leave it open until it’s just not a possibility anymore.

  • GOBeavers GOBeavers says:
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    I’m beginning to think that the OC candidates are not the oft mentioned McGiven from USU or Baldwin from CSU.

    That @KevinGrahamWEEI guy on twitter seems to still have all his Utah sports connections and you’d think he’d know if either of them were in talks about becoming the OC.

    Should we expect a similarly splashy hire seemingly out of left field?

    All the hires have still been guys GA has connections to though, so I wonder who else he knows that would be a good OC? Matt Wells would be pretty splashy. 😛

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      Right on cue…

      Next hire for Oregon State will be OC. Hearing Andersen is interviewing 3 candidates. Don't expect announcement until after Christmas— Kevin Graham (@KevinGrahamWEEI) December 24, 2014

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        He mentions Dave Baldwin as a name he’s heard a lot and that it makes sense on many levels.

        I could see McGiven as another candidate. Hopefully the other candidate isn’t Ludwig, but someone splashy.

        What a great December for OSU football!

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    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3vHMQlPfjNg

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      Am I to take it from your clinging to that name that you are either Matt Wells’ agent or want him as OC? 😉

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        I think he wants OSU to fire Bobby D. 🙂

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          Maybe it should be Retire BDC Now. Let him go out on top!

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            That’s a pretty long handle. But now that Reser Phase 4 has been announced, all that’s left for him to wander off with an awesome legacy is to announce Phases 2&3 will be completed soon.

            Question: Does OSU already claim that Phase 3 is done?

  • scotty says:
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    Step back for a moment.

    We have Gary Andersen and Kalani Sitake.

    Nebraska has Biley.

    Let that sink in.

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      Hey, any coach not doing the zombie walk like our previous yahoos … its good.

      GA and KS …. good, good. Just take your time, GA, and get it right. Just the enthusiasm of GA will be good to see. This is a miracle we could start a religion on….

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    Tuiaki was a MMA fighter. Search YouTube for his nickname ‘Ogre 6’. He had a 7-1 record. Heavy hands.

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    A couple years back I suggested a jc punter that would have come and walked on if shown even a morsel of love. This year he was the #1 D2 punter at 45.9 yards.

  • beavblazer beavblazer says:
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    Sorry to go off topic, but Damian Lillard is just filthy

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      He was pretty nasty tonight.

      Just another good thing to move on up in life… from Utah to Oregon.

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        I’ll have to look at the stats, but DL and Westbrook both had 40+, and I think DL did it on half the shots Westbrook did.

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          But then I’m so pathetic that I’m watching LMU and NU (thank you NU, I love you) in the Diamond Head Classic. It’s a thrill ride right now. It’s going into OT… tied… at 35.

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    Guys, let’s not get too carried away… It’s going to take a couple years to get this program built back up to where we want it to be. While the cupboard isn’t completely bare, it’s by no means stocked and teams going through a change tend to suffer a degree of attrition until new systems are installed. Ido like the way things are going off field, but I think these guys are going to need a season or two to whip things into shape.

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      Yep, I agree, but at least now there’s hope of it getting whipped back into shape. Sure wasn’t feeling that a month ago.

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      at the top, our mentor said “tack on one win.” I agree with that. After the Civil War, but before Riley left, I predicted the Beavs next year looked like a 4 win team, plus/minus 1. Given that Riley would have been the coach, likely minus. Thus, given the new math of Angrybeavs.com the subtraction of Riley takes us to a likely +1, or 5. Add these new coaches, and we get to six; or, three better than Riley would have gotten with the same talent.

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      Sure, I think everyone expects it to be a process getting Andersens system in place, but here are several things I can just about guarantee that will improve right off the bat.

      We wont be one of the worst programs in terms of penalties…again.
      We wont be trotting off the field with 3 time outs in our pocket every half…again
      We wont be unable to stop a mobile QB to save our fucking lives…again

      and it WILL be a neat deal for us fans. I promise you.

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        And we wont have a head coach who mostly just stands on the sidelines like a spectator….

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        won’t be playing 9 or 10 players on special teams….

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      GA told Eggers in an interview over at the Portland Tribune that the defense is going to be a “total rebuild”.

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      Disagree. There is a lot more talent and athletisim on this team then people think.

      Offense:
      OL will be better
      WR: all will be a year bigger, stronger, faster
      RB: Woods, brown, Haskins (maybe Nall): plenty to work with
      TE: maybe GA can fix Smiths head and be the stud he should be as a senior. Not great but Servicible players behind him (insert potentially Nall)
      Qb: this is the only place where we may experience a drop off. With a different system (simplified for success) one of the guys could step up. I was as big of a mannion fan as there was the first 3 years, but finally realized last season that he has the tools but was missing that “it” factor to be a great qb.

      Defense:
      Switching to a 3-4
      Nt: Jalen grimble, you’ll potentially have Kyle Kuli for 1 productive year. There is some legit beef behind with Delp, Tago, and Valekilmo.
      De: Titus faluga, Jawsha James, baker Prichard. Lamone Williams,
      Lb: Mangeo, Saulo, songy, Willis, ugwoebgu young and unproven but athletic and intriguing.
      S: I guarantee Strong and Nolan-Lewis will be more consistent/ better the Murph and Zim. IMO: other then smith the 2 most frustrating players on the team. Athletically studs capable of amazing plays, but even more apt to brain cramps and sloppy tackles that lead to explosive plays.
      Db: Hunt, Scott, Williams and a bunch of question marks. Most unproven position and the one that worries me the most. Could end up being good, lot of guys I reckonize for picks in practice reports, but biggest concern.

      So on d, we have a bunch of poly’s on the line that I believe our new DC is familiar with/recruited, and young athletes with potential.

      If GA gets solid qb play and coaches up some youngsters on D, we’ll be solid. Won’t be competing for the PAC 12, but could be competitive in every game.

      In Brennan: we’ve got the 1 coach on staff that consistently got good production out of underclass men. I’m hoping the new coaches change the narrative of needing to be a jr or sr to be a solid contributor.

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        We need the war daddies in the middle. Vakameilalo might be that one day. But Grimble, Tago and Simi Peko are all proto 3-teqs. I hadn’t heard that Delp was on the D side, but I would welcome that news. I think he could become a NT.

        Remember that all our DE’s are now 5-teqs. All our outside LB’s are more of a SS than anything. There is no hybrid whiff position in a 3-4, which is why we were calling for one years before this blog started. The reason we never saw another Doggett was because he was drawn by another philosophy and the excitement of a new coach. This is why Riley will be mediocre, terrible, mediocre and rising to stardom in his next four years at NU. His fourth year will be that time when he’s 0-4 and the boosters come to him and say, “Hey Saint Mikey, I think we should win now.”

        And he will do so for the remainder of that year, including a stirring 3-0 win in the Peach Bowl… after which his long-snapper will earn the MVP award.

        And his pre-season ranking will be that of EaTmE in the 90’s (a constant #3). And his postseason ranking will be that of EaTmE in the 90’s.

        !!YAY!!

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        I’m not the one saying total rebuild on DEFENSE….this is what Coach Andersen is saying. I don’t think it’s just the seniors that graduated, I think he’s watched some film and not overly impressed with the philosophy. So glad Banker is gone.

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        Is seumalo also walking yet?

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        I think we’ll see improved play at QB. Mannion was holding this team back

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    What about stealing Jonathan Smith away from Peterson at UW?! Anyone think that’s possible or even thinkable/wantable?

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      Meh… too bad Tedford got hired on in the CFL?

      Then again, Tedford played for Riley in Winnipeg.

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    I have the same feeling as Mike Parker in that I expect Oregon State with good coaching and a tough minded attitude and defense will be bowling next year and most likely for several years to come. Work to do to raise it higher but I have high confidence that job will continue to get done. Excited to hear who the OC will be in the next few days. We’ll probably know by December 27th I imagine. Program is on the rise even if it will be in measured steps to begin with. Can’t wait for spring!

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    What I like about GA so far is he is not threatened by hiring really good assistants. Riley seemed to be.

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    Andersen making all his hires from his good ol boy network….

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      So far… except for Brennan. They do have good resumes, and not all are just hangers on who follow him around from place to place. But he does seem to be rewarding friends right now.

      Thankfully his friends are all-stars at what they do… and people have fits and seizures when they leave their previous jobs. The last time that happened was when Cav replaced Gilstrap. But that was likely more because he poached Perry than anything else.

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      The key word being “good”

      • Jack says:
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        Still, he has a point. And it is a point that resonates in a lot of industries. Nepotism and the good old boy network account for most of the inefficiencies and inequalities in our world.

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      All coaches have their networks, people like to work with people they are comfortable with. The bigger question is…..are they any good at their jobs?

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        Being comfortable with people is one thing. Interviewing and hiring only people you’re comfortable with is another.

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    He has connections to dave Baldwin could be likely by the way he’s been going.

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    Watching CSU vs Utah. Thing I am not liking in this game is Baldwin was pass happy. I did not watch much CSU this year. I get that statistically they had good success but I still feel that I like Utah State’s offense more. They use the QB on more runs and have depth at QB down to the 5th string who was a converted WR they have ready. Two big 50 yard runs in the first half by USU from both QBs. I also want Andersen to retain enough of his tough running and out tough the opposition on the lines philosophy. Again I think the USU offense is the better fit. It is modern yet retains traditional elements at appropriate times and I like the flow more and style of play. I would prefer McGiven to Baldwin and hope he gets an interview. He and Matt Wells have kept Andersen’s foundation going there and I love their QB recruiting and scouting. I have to believe McGiven with more premier athletes in the Pac-12 would have no problem getting quality dual threat QBs year in and year out. I also think having less age gap between the OC and new DC Sitake is a better direction for the program. McGiven is rising and would be a good fit for several years. Baldwin may soon be past his peak and probably won’t bring as high as energy and may not recruit quite as well.

    Prefer the idea of GA as the elder leader and the coordinators both bringing plenty of that fresh vibe and image of a program building into something great. Baldwin is GA’s age but Sitake is only 29. A guy like McGiven splitting that difference or even Beau Baldwin could be better for the program over the next 6+ years. Would need to see more of CSU offense but from what I have seen it is too much the Cal and WSU style and I don’t think that is our best option. I think most fans want more physicality, willingness to win line play consistently, and throwing in that dual threat QB that opens up options, causes defenses some headaches and can keep plays alive with the threat of breaking for nice chunks of yardage. I watched probably 5 Utah State games this year and I saw more of that style from them. I think Beau Baldwin also better fits this mold. I trust Andersen and I hope he definitely interviews a few like he stated he will and gives the decision considerable thought without rushing it. This will be a very critical hire that Oregon State needs to get right.

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    From the handful of Wells/McGiven games I have seen they use more zone read which I like and it lets the QB make decisions besides just trying to hit a streaking receiver more often than not as I saw in the CSU game. When the defense aligns in certain ways that present advantages or if the pass option is covered then in the current USU system the QB is more free to make plays. Seems like Wells/McGiven are a fair amount more comfortable with finding ways to make their QBs dual threats as compared with Dave Baldwin. Beau Baldwin also more comfortable with this. Dave Baldwin just not quite the fit or style for dual threat IMO. He could improve at it but raising his more slinger style would more likely be done like Dykes tries to. Whereas Wells/McGiven/Beau Baldwin will be better with a mobile dual threat QB using his legs several times a game. That helps with moving the chains and keeps the pass and other running game effective enough and this style is more effective in beating more teams and not being too pass dependent which as Riley showed can too easily turn into a liability.

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    Hello?
    https://twitter.com/LJGinger/status/547672547311882241

    At least have the decency to supply tapes. These are my unheralded favs for my recruiting wishlist… that I listed last week… with tapes.

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    OT: Typical Badger fan. Call him Mr Ed?
    Wausau man charged with sex acts with horse – Star Tribune
    http://www.startribune.com/local/286662211.html
    1 day ago – Wausau man charged with drug possession, engaging in sexual acts with … after authorities say he admitted to performing sex acts on a horse.

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      I thought that was a South Carolina thing.

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      Great headlines:
      Jared Kreft Accused Of Performing Oral Sex On Horse
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/23/jared-kreft_n_6373878.html
      20 hours ago – A man in Wausau, Wisconsin, is facing bestiality charges after being suspected of performing oral sex on a horse. Jared Kreft, 30, was arrested …
      And….
      Masked Man Wearing Assless Pants Arrested for Alleged Horse …
      gawker.com/masked-man-wearing-assless-pants-arrested-for-alleged-h-167…
      2 days ago – A Wisconsin man was arrested in Wausau last week for alleged horse fucking after sheriff’s deputies found him in a barn with a jar of vaseline.

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    Although I don’t expect very many, it will be interesting to see us poach some of Utah and Wisky’s recruits. Mainly the Poly recruits.

    With Sitake, Kauha’aha’a, and Tuiaki onboard, we have improved our poly pipeline. Our D will reap the benefits. I’m liking this…

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      Seemed like there were a lot of Poly players on the team during some of the Beavers better runs but that we have kind of gotten away from that some. Hopefully we get back to that. Most of those guys have rugby backgrounds which means they can tackle in space.

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      I think you underestimate this hire. Sitake and Tuiaki bring a ton of fans with them. Those fans are all cousins of recruits.

      And tailgating has the possibility of getting a whole lot better as well. I can see a bunch of BBQ chicken, pickled fish, spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam eggs and spam… and horseshoes. We need to add horseshoe pits to Reser’s parking lots.

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        Local Boyz will need to expand. Chicken Katsu for everybody!

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          Nothing against Local Boyz… I think they’re good… but can someone please just open an L&L in Corvallis please?

          Screw that!

          Someone open one here in Eugene… and Corvallis.

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    Gary Andersen radio interview talking about the new hires……and why he left Wisconsin for OSU again…

    http://kfanav.s3.amazonaws.com/20141224_122414_Gary-Andersen-WEB.mp3

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      Leave the poor guy alone…..you’re not Mike Wallace in a 60 Minutes interview….read between the lines…Barry Alvarez is a control-freak, asshole….but GA can never say that. Neither could Bielema.

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        Wrong.

        Corvallis is a destination that Andersen thought would never be available to him in his lifetime. When it became an opportunity, he jumped on it.

        It was abrupt, but it wholly fits the correct narrative. Remember Andersen probably spent a lot of time with Dave Kragthorpe in Logan. Kragthorpe was pretty good but couldn’t get over the hump. But I never heard him badmouth Corvallis or the community. I remember he did think Parker needed to be considerably changed. And that resulted in the new west side, something he didn’t get to see.

        But it stands to reason that Kragthorpe’s pastoral reminiscences of Corvallis lingered in Andersen’s mind. It’s hard to deny a decision to take your family and your career to a place where you and yours are: safe, allowed to be humble, involved in an extremely intelligent community, given an opportunity to compete on a national level (and possibly beyond in the future).

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          Not buying it completely….Corvallis is great, but there’s something else going on at Wisconsin. Top 25 programs don’t burn through successful coaches like this. GA was smart enough to see the potential in Corvallis, but make no mistake he wanted out of Wisconsin.

    • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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      The part of the Andersen interview that I liked best was when he was talking about some improvements that are going to be made to the facility and then he went on to say (about 16 minutes into the interview):

      “…we have everything else; our ability to pay coaches, I think that’s been proven in the last 24 hours – – that we’re going to pay coaches with the best of the bests in the country…”

      Wow. Based on what’s going on I feel like I’ve somehow slipped over into a parallel universe or something.

      FWIW I’m very glad to report that I’m officially retracting my statement that it’s obvious that Dr. Ray doesn’t give a flying fuck about OSU athletics.

      WT already has a staff that I was hoping he’d have the opportunity to have and it appears that GA is going to do the same.

      I’ll say it again. Wow!

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        Dr Ed Ray says Bring A Game or Beavers Will Kick Your (I’ll say it for him) ASS!!! Start #FromGiantKillers2Giants #BeaverFamilyValues #BeaverFootballAgression
        First time in my Life that I Can See a Prolonged Beaver Rise.

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    Start printing those “Stormy for Heisman!” posters.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2298898-10-dark-horse-candidates-for-2015-heisman-trophy/page/11

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      How the hell do they know Del Rio is a game manager? The guy has played like 20 snaps. Nobody knows what he is.

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    I just have to wonder what Christian Folau is thinking. He went from Stanford to Wiscy because of Andersen (and Tolutau… who is on a mission). Then he gets the OS/DS shock and starts leaning toward Utah and the stability of Sitake and Tuiaki.

    Now he gets an offer from OSU?

    Who saw that coming?

    😉

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      That’s awesome, he was recruited a couple of the coaches we got from Utah/Wisky. Lol. Best of all worlds if he goes to OSU.

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