14.Aug.2012 Hip Hip Hooray for Nepotism

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The Oregon media is once again spinning Riley's nepotism as a good thing.

Riley hires his buddy Rod Perry, and now Perry has two of his kids running around practice. This is a good thing why? I can think of many reasons why it's not good, the most obvious being that work and family are two different things (heck, many companies won't even hire a husband & wife because it's too comfortable and distracts from work).

Lindsay Schnell is quickly becoming the worst reporter at The Oregonian.

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  • Will Overhead says:
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    Becoming? If I had to place her as a character in Office Space it would be as a manager at Chotchkie’s. The restaurant is a fair comparison to the rag she’s working for, and she would quickly rise to the top because she’s all about flair (and the bosses seem to reward that over all else).

    Give her credit, though – the whole “family angle” has never been written about.

    Still, if you want to go with younger generation on the sidelines, go with the cute kids. Oh, wait, she did when she wrote about Marty Lees kids, Brandon, Brady, and Jake a year ago. (Of course, the Lees by then had all put in plenty of time to become a real part of the family, and fixtures at the park.)

    She came, she saw, she tweeted. BFD.

  • NCAA_viOlation NCAA_viOlation says:
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    I think the Oregonian has known this about Lindsay for awhile. This is why she’s been demoted from covering the Ducks to the Beavers. O-live thought they had their own Erin Andrews but quickly found out the fans weren’t buying it.

  • BeavInEugene says:
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    Trent Bray used to hang out with his dad at WSU. That really didn’t seem to be an issue for eitiher. Issac was at OSU practices for years. That worked well for OSU.

    There are big issues with OSU football. Dads bringing their kids to practice is not one of them.

    • Numbers says:
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      I totally agree with you. My only problem is with the reporting on this stuff rather than the important lack of a football “identity”.

  • bendbeaver bendbeaver says:
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    Is it a demotion going from Ducks to Beavs? How do you cover the Ducks anyway? Stand around and wait for a surly Chipster to talk to you for 5 minutes. Maybe she gets to hear from all the tweaker Springfield fans, that’d be fun.

    (apologies in advance to any Sprinfielders here for perpetuation this stereotype)

    • bendbeaver bendbeaver says:
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      *perpetuating

    • NCAA_viOlation NCAA_viOlation says:
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      It’s a demotion because people actually follow the Ducks. If you were a reporter, would you rather have a job full of easy to attain soundbites with 100K readers, or a job where you actually had to try a little, and your work was read by 1M readers? Not saying that’s the ratio, but you get my point.

  • JD says:
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    In my opinion, she is already the worst. I typically will just skip past her “articles” and save myself the annoyance.

  • Bill says:
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    Pretty much all coaches bring their sons who are of age (10+) to practices to serve as ball boys or to interact with players and to stay connected with their kids. Sports are way different job than a 40hr job.

    Coaches are off recruiting during the summer and are basically non accesible during the season. Having kids around practice is a way for them to spend time with their kids. It’s a huge plus to see coaches with kids. Parents of recruits see the way the coaches are with their own kids and they see how the coach will treat their son.

    Nothing wrong with bringing young ones to practice. If they were hiring their wives and girlfriends to help then that’s an issue. Kids not even close.

  • bone says:
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    Hire who you want, as long as they are qualified for the job they are getting and are going to work their asses off for it. I don’t think having a few volunteer assistants who are family members is big issue.

    However,

    Lindsay is not a good beat writer, her “strengths” are better suited for writing in magazines. You see these types of stories in SI and ESPN. But as a beat writer I think the focus should be about analyzing and reporting what specifically is happening on the field. Silverstream does a better job than anyone I have read recently. I think I know why, he as do all of us here, have a passion Oregon State athletics. For most of these writers it’s a job, they could be covering South Central Louisiana State and they would churn they same stuff. I wish our beat writers had the same passion as the fans they are writing for.

    • angry angry says:
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      It’s not a “big issue” on its own, but it is disturbing in the sense that the odds of those family members being the best qualified “volunteers” are close to zero. And in the sense that it reaffirms Riley’s pattern of behavior (i.e. nepotism).

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        Are there limits on the number of volunteers allowed? I thought these family members being called volunteers was just a matter of recognizing their unpaid presence. If there are experienced teachers available that would volunteer then they’d almost certainly contribute more and, at some point, should displace the vols mentioned; there are practical limits to how many vols can participate without being a disruption.

        I’m sure that wiley ol fox Riley has scoured the valley for volunteers with great credentials, just didn’t have the kind of neat luck he was hoping for!

        • bone says:
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          The role that Brennen’s brother plays I think is a good one and is a solid volunteer get. “Receiver is so spread out, and I’m always looking at where I think the ball should go, but I want to make sure the other part of the field gets coached, too. He’s helping me that way.” Not bad for a volunteer will professional experience. I’m sure most of these volunteers are used to set up drills.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Buker? Now there’s an accomplished scribe, taught Lindsay everything he knows!

    Seriously, after silverstream the next best is John Hunt at the O and maybe Eggers.

    • bone says:
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      he was just the first one I saw. More are reporting now.

      • angry angry says:
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        Well that was fun for 45 minutes.

        • ncaa_viOlation ncaa_viOlation says:
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          Fwiw- this guy for collegefootballnews hasnt backed off the story and claims to have “sources”

          Rich Cirminiello
          @RichCirminiello

          • GoBeavs90 says:
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            Ducks fans keep telling themselves nothing will happen and he’s making it all up. Yeah, sure. I don’t care what happens to them, much. But I fully expect them to get close to what USC got. I will say it will be funny seeing how the Duck fans handle it.

          • Grape says:
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            Rustled jimmies.

          • Jack says:
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            Fwiw, it all started with Duck fans on the mainboard. A quick read of the thread didn’t show any long con troll. But that could be what it is in the end. The NCAA has a process, and I’ve not known them to break that process. Then again, I’ve never been this close to cheaters before. So maybe these rumors of higher-up boosters being informed of likely penalties for allegations of violations that have not been given to the school could be true?

            The process I know comes with a notice of allegations sent to the school. The school can tell or not tell anyone about it. But it makes no difference, because the NCAA will make a public statement of the allegations then mete their punishment within the 24 hours following a NOA. The NCAA isn’t in the business of leaking anything to anyone… no matter how special the cheaters think they are. There’s just too much liability for this to occur.

          • presleydog says:
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            thanks dude, I just sent this out to some dousche ducks tom get their panties all twisted. I like it to be true but even if it isn’t well at least some duckies get all butt hurt for a while.

        • WFO WFO says:
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          It was fun. I showed the tweet to a duck fan I’m working with and he got his tit all twisted about it. He was texting back and forth to all his duck butt buddies and they were all worked up.

          Good times.

          Still wouldn’t be surprised if it came out in the next couple days and boner boy from espn just fucked up and leaked it early.

    • presleydog says:
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      I still hate Hunt because he is such a duck homer. It must really burn his ass to have to cover the beavs.

  • NCAA_viOlation NCAA_viOlation says:
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    Angry, comments are down again for the new post. What’s the record for new blog posts in 1 day on this site anyway? Been a busy day for you 🙂

    • angry angry says:
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      Thanks, apparently there is a glitch–when I post a link it disables comments. Should be good now.

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    Go Beafs!

  • JD says:
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    angry, did you hit the undo button?

    I’m contemplating joining twitter just to send Chris Larson shitty messages. What an ahole.

  • locusimperium says:
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    angry, libertarian as you are, you should welcome at children work, a softening of child labor law. I’m sure they pick up cones and carry the equipment bags… Your post sounds Dickensian. You know I love reading around here though, so here’s to you writing posts we can sound off on…

  • FedUpBeav says:
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    Riley pushes the family angle because he thinks it is smart for longer job security and an easy ploy in Corvallis.

    As far as running backs the only way OSU gets 1800 yards rushing is if it is Woods and Brown getting most the carries. Riley can think of redshirting Brown but I don’t like it and if he does he is playing with fire. Riley needs to make a bowl this year or he could be in some jeopardy. He rolled the dice last year and that was put off as a ‘growth’ year. This year is a ‘must win’ year and he better have all the talent available.

  • FedUpBeav says:
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    I also want Malik Gilmore to play this year. He is going to be good and can help win now.

  • Beaver Byte says:
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    Brand New Beaver Logo?
    http://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/index.ssf/2012/08/oregon_state_football_young_of.html

    What do you make of the apparent new beaver logo on Seumalo’s practice helmet along with Swoosh below? Is this a Nike design and do all the practice helmets have them?

    It’s different and I can’t make out all the features exactly. Would like to see it in close up.

    • Timber! says:
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      looks like old picture, he’s wearing yellow pads.

      • Beaver Byte says:
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        Could be from his time at The Opening on the Nike campus. I know they used silver numbers for that. Couldn’t make out the logo.

    • bone says:
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      Yeah this is a very old picture. Check out the color of the numbers. A camp maybe?

  • helmsley says:
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    OT Parker Berberet doing well in Florida

    http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120811&content_id=36537540&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&sid=t503

    I was a fan when he played for the Beavs – and then got to see him play several games in Helena last summer.

  • bendbeaver bendbeaver says:
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    Link please. Do you guys think I come here to do work?

    • bendbeaver bendbeaver says:
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      What happened? this post should be 9 posts down under the Duck comments.

  • Beaver Byte says:
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    Agnew may have dislocated a finger during the last 5 minutes of practice finishing off blocking drills. Hope this is minor. It was on his right hand which he carries with.

  • Beaver Byte says:
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    Malcolm Agnew on Tuesday looked to have dislocated a finger on his right hand (it looked pretty gruesome) while running blocking drills within five minutes of the end of practice.

    The severity of the injury is unknown, but the fact that Agnew carries the ball almost solely with his right hand will certainly play a role in whether or not he puts on pads tomorrow. (Scout)

    Day 8 – Big Report
    http://beaverbyte.com

  • Fightingbeaver says:
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    Come down on the ucks just because we are doing poorly. Bad sportsmanship on your part. I think the lifetime contract for Mike Riley by BDC should be investigated.

    • sparkyd73 says:
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      I don’t understand this post. I hope the NCAA comes down on the Ducks if they cheated, which all indications are that they did. There is no tie to how the Beavers are doing in any way.

      Investigating the lifetime contract would be a waste of time. Unfortunately, you can’t legislate away stupidity.

      • Jack says:
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        That’s the way he’s always thought and posted. Everything is apparently a slight against the Ducks and based on our jealousy of them, even if it has nothing to do with either us or them. His bias was apparent from the beginning, and it holds true even now.

  • beaverkman beaverkman says:
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    Didn’t somebody on here mention that the Pac12 Network had signed a deal with Frontier FiOS?
    I dont’ see the network on the guide, that is a major bummer.

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    Major props to BDC for the highly creative, and I’m sure very effective, “Pick Three” advertising campaign. Make sure you budget more time for the drive to Reser, as it’s certain to be full to the rafters!!

    Seriously.. the radio ad sounds like about 20 minutes worth of athletic department brainstorming and $50 worth of production. What’s next Benny Beaver twirling a sign on a busy intersection? What an embarrassing amateurish farce! JB

  • Jack says:
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    Time for three OT items:

    1. Really? This, I IMHO, is why text plugs like OMG and SMH were created. Hoo boy!
    http://www.amazon.com/Oregon-State-Beavers-Mascot-Hat/dp/B000VWJRSS%3FSubscriptionId=AKIAJJEKCBZRKG2BWJVQ&tag=toys_mell-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B000VWJRSS

    2. Much more cool! Our library is awesome and getting awesomer.
    http://www.kval.com/news/local/Rare-book-collection-donated-to-OSU-165671386.html

    3. And possibly world changing! This complements wave energy studies in putting OSU on the map for cutting edge technologies.
    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/2012/08/14/oregon-breakthrough-in-generating-electricity-from-wastewater/

  • lovebeaver says:
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    It is another misstep by Riley to foolishly allow one of his assistant coaches to have that coach’s kids volunteer on the field during practices. There are likely to be dozens if not hundreds of fans who also would like to volunteer during practices and should be given that right every bit as much as the coaches kids. I am requesting right now that i be allowed to volunteer at beaver football practices and i intend to approach coach Riley and make this request to him personally.If i am not allowed to volunteer then i expect he will immediately eject his assistants coach’s kids from there volunteer status. His failure to do so will infuse a match closer look at what appears to be an underlying favoritism and bias on Riley’s program for his “good old boy” gang.

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