10.Apr.2014 Paying Players

Riley on paying players:


I do have some thoughts. Really, I’m just interested in what that will all mean someday. I know we’re in for some big changes through the years. I just don’t know what that all means right now.

You can sense the apprehension in his words. He knows this would be the end of the sport, officially (it died unofficially several years ago via ESPN/SEC).

And a player’s perspective:

Running back Terron Ward

This is a job. We put in a lot more hours than a lot of teachers do. I feel like yeah, we shouldn’t be paid like professional athletes, but the scholarships that we have now, we’re barely eating off that. So yeah, I’d say getting paid more than what we are right now would be very, very nice and very, very helpful for people that don’t have outside help. You know, people that don’t have money coming in from their parents or other supporters. So I think that’d be very, very good.

Most people have to pay for their own college (including room and board and food), so for players to be crying about not having enough money for food the last few days each month doesn’t sit well with me. They also get to be the big men on campus while possibly earning a shot at the NFL. Yet, we are supposed to feel bad they have to dip into private money for a few meals? After all fringe benefits, they have ~ a 50k per year standard of living, while the average non-scholarship student is losing close to that.

Terron Ward’s view is short-sighted and selfish. It would be good for him for a few years, but bad for fans of Oregon State. Since scholarships are booster funded,there will simply be an arms race from the big donors at the big schools, but once that process peeks and players are still crying that they don’t receive enough, then private money will come in from NFL teams.

Anyway, I encourage college football to go down this path. It will blow up the sport for good. Better to burn out than fade away, and right now it’s a slow fade. I expect that NCAA football will become minor league baseball mixed with the corruption of boxing. I think Riley suspects this, too. One thing he does understand is the game is under attack. It’s why he was lukewarm about expansion. With the money comes added problems, as every middleman in America suddenly wants his cut.


04.Apr.2014 Stanford @ Oregon State

The weekend schedule is as follow. All times Pacific.

  • Friday 5:05
  • Saturday 1:35
  • Sunday 1:05

The interesting notes will be to see how Andrew Moore bounces back and then how the Beavs do versus Stanford’s inexperienced (all freshmen) staff. Also worth talking about this point is Michael Conforto with only 1 HR. He is batting .396 with a .545 OBP and .552 SLG, so that more than makes up for it, but it’s odd to see him with just 1.

Streaming video but no TV this weekend.

Go Beavs!

03.Apr.2014 Spring Practice Report

Thanks to member “Bone”:
Another day with no pads and just helmets, so again there was no interaction between the offense and the defense.  So for me at least, it is difficult to make a judgment on  which players are standing out and who is not performing well, because pretty much everyone looks like a good player without pads and going against air.  So today I decided to pay close attention to John Garrett to kind of get a feel for how he coaches and how he is different or similar to Langsdorf.

My first impression was that his coaching style is more similar to Brennen than Langs. Garrett brings a little more energy to the practice, not as much as Brennen, but noticeably more so than Langsdorf. Will his energy have a better effect than Langs? Time will tell.  But I liked the energy and I am sure the players like it also.

Practice was very similar to what it has been in the past with a couple of small changes.

  • Offensive players whenever they caught a pass or received a hand off, finished their runs all the way to the end zone, and all the players that were involved in the play went and celebrated the touchdown.  Garrett got on a couple of linemen who did not run the whole way there.
  • The term “Chin” was probably the term that was probably yelled the most often. Wanting the player to really keep the ball high and tight.
  •  A couple time, the offensive huddle to re-break the huddle to be a little crisper and quicker to the line of scrimmage.  Possibly a little hurry-up action.
  • The overall tempo of practice was a little quicker than I have seen in the past.  But there would still be breaks in the action to have some teaching moments.
  • Another change is the 15 minute ball security circuit.  Position groups rotated to different stations and participated in various ball security drills.  These drill aren’t new, I have seen these same drills or slight variations of the drill in previous practices I have attended,  However, the 15 minute circuit is something I haven’t seen.  THEY DO AND HAVE PRACTICED BALL SECURITY.

Quarterbacks were one position that was fairly easy to break down was quarterbacks.  Mannion is head and shoulders above the rest—Stronger and more accurate arm, better command at the line of scrimmage.  Del Rio has a nice quick release like, much like Cody Vaz had, I think Del Rio may have the quickest feet out of the quarterback.  He was a little inaccurate and missed some receivers, most likely due to lack of chemistry and familiarity with the playbook/receivers. I liked his arm better than Vanderveen and Kempt, but needs time to get better acclimated with team and playbook.

Good to see players like Garrett Weinreich, Roman Sapolu, Michael Doctor, and DJ back practicing.  Hamlet and Isaac did not practice today, but each of them stayed very engaged in the drills and offering advice to players. Brandin Cooks and Brandon Hardin were both spectators at practice today, Cooks looks to have added a little muscle from when he was suiting up for the orange & black.

No sign of Peko at practice today (although didn’t see much of the defensive side today).

01.Apr.2014 Spring Practice Day 1

Hearing it was a “laid back” practice without much to report.

Here‘s some info on Garrett fitting in. More on him and Mannion. I’ll reserve judgment on Garrett until we see the offense. Sounds like Riley will continue to call the plays. While in the past I thought Riley was an asset as a play-caller, I don’t feel as strongly about it after last year.

29.Mar.2014 Bob DeCarolis and Craig Robinson: The Blind Leading the Blind?

The blind leading the blind

Prov. Someone who is not capable of dealing with a situation is guiding someone else who is not capable of dealing with it.

Okay, so maybe it’s more like the def leading the blind (no offense to either of those disabled classes).

The delusion runs deep. Craig Robinson, according to Kerry Eggers, said that next years’ Beaver team will be “a top 25 team” if Eric Moreland returns. Bob D, in his increasing delusion (possibly due to his illness??), offered this mind-boggling and intellectually offensive letter:

I want to thank you for your continued support of Oregon State Athletics.

Many of you have recently sent your thoughts to me about the OSU men’s basketball program. No one is more disappointed in our inability to reach our goals than head coach Craig Robinson and myself.

Coach Robinson and I have met multiple times in the past two weeks, and he has presented me with a plan that will move the Oregon State men’s basketball program forward to achieve the goals that this university supports. Our goals in every sport are to win a conference title; to play in NCAA postseason events; to compete with character and integrity; and to help guide our student-athletes to graduate and succeed in life.

I’m looking forward to watching Coach Robinson continue to build our program. He is a man of great character and someone who represents Oregon State University with integrity. I ask for your continued support of Beaver basketball.

I close with a few facts about Coach Robinson’s OSU career:

**He is the fourth-winningest coach in Oregon State history with 94 victories and trails only Hall of Famers Slats Gill, Ralph Miller and Bob Hager.

** Oregon State has been .500 or better four times since 1991 and he has coached his teams to three of those seasons.

** Oregon State has won eight conference games three times since 1993 of which he has had two of those seasons.

** Oregon State had four wins against top-50 and six against top-100 NCAA basketball programs this past season, including wins over two teams that advanced to the Sweet 16.

** Five Oregon State players have received All-Pac-12 recognition.

** Nine Oregon State student-athletes have received Pac-12 All-Academic recognition.

** Eight Oregon State players have been named Pac-12 Player of the Week.

** Three of his players are in the top 15 on Oregon State’s all-time scoring list (Roberto Nelson is fourth, Devon Collier is seventh and Jared Cunningham is 15th).

** He will be the head coach of a Pac-12 All-Star team that will compete in China in August.

Go Beavs!

Bob De Carolis

These guys both must think fans are def, dumb, and blind. The truth is this: Craig Robinson likes easy money. This is why he was an investment banker. They make money off others’ money and suck on government teat. It’s an easy life. Same situation at OSU…tax payers paying his salary, barely has to work, etc. He just name drops Obama and then says ridiculous shit like “next year we will be top 25!” like an internet troll hoping that if he says something enough it will come true. Bob D, on the other hand, knows he’s guilty of this contract, so he’s spinning mediocre accomplishments as if they’re a big deal. CR’s only accomplishment is fundraising for a practice facility. Period. Thanks for that, Craig, and goodbye.

Bob D should fire CR, but short of that he should be honest and just admit he doesn’t have the money to do it. Instead we get this offensive and ridiculous letter mentioning CR in the same breath as Ralph Miller and Slats Gill. Give me a break. These guys are both ass clowns; incompetent people can hide for a while but not forever. The bell tolls for these two. Bob D put the nail in his coffin on Friday when he hitched his wagon to CR.

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