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The San Antonio franchise in the Alliance of American Football hired Oregon State TE coach Mike Riley to serve as head coach.

Reports of this unorthodox move to semi-pro football initially surfaced on Wednesday, with Riley's hiring officially announced on Thursday. His exit brings to a close his third -- and shortest -- stint in Corvallis. He previously served nonconsecutive stints as head coach (1997-98, 2003-14) and, following his firing at Nebraska this past winter, joined OSU as tight ends coach under new Beavers HC Jonathan Smith in December. The AAF will begin its inaugural season next February.
Jun 21 - 2:32 PM

SiriusXM's Alex Marvez reports that the new Alliance of American Football club in San Antonio will hire Oregon State TE coach Mike Riley to serve as head coach.

The Alliance of American Football is a semi-pro league, so Riley's acceptance of this job would be scooting him out of NCAA ball altogether. The timing will be interesting with this one, as the AAF's season does not start up until February of 2019 (it's a spring league), meaning that Riley could potentially remain with the Beavers through the coming season before taking his exit. New Oregon State HC Jonathan Smith hired him on for his third go-round in Corvallis -- he had previously served as head coach with the Beavers from 1997-98 and again from 2003-14 -- this winter, after Riley was let go at Nebraska in favor of UCF HC Scott Frost. Official confirmation of his new job should come at a press conference on Thursday.
Jun 20 - 12:17 PM

Oregon State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 edge-rusher Omar Speights.

You don't see a ton of people moving from Philadelphia to Corvallis, but that's what Speights will be doing -- assuming he sticks with this commitment, of course. He ranks 24th among defensive ends in the country on 247 Sports composite rankings, and the 6-foot-1, 235-pound defender is second among players in the state of Pennsylvania. He also had offers from schools like Baylor, Kentucky, Minnesota and Tennessee. This is a potential big get for Jonathan Smith in his first full recruiting class with Oregon State.
Jun 11 - 12:41 PM

ESPN's Chris Low believes that Oregon has the toughest three-game stretch of any team in 2018.

That stretch, if you were curious, is Nov. 10 at Stanford, Nov. 17 at Washington, and Nov. 23 vs. Oregon; which is a Friday. That's the final three games of the season for the Beavers in their first year under new coach Jonathan Smith. "The Beavers claimed the top spot on this list because they also open the month of November against No. 17 USC," writes Low, "making for what could be a long month in Corvallis."
Source: ESPN
Jun 1 - 5:43 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior LB Bright Ugwoegbu was suspended indefinitely at the start of spring practice.

Ugwoegbu (6'2/235) was forced to sit out spring ball in Corvallis due to an unspecified violation of team rules. The redshirt senior linebacker has made 20 starts for his career -- tops among returning players -- and posted 55 tackles (4.5 for loss) and a forced fumble last season. Andrzej Hughes-Murray, Hamilcar Rashed, Kee Whetzel and Kameron Carroll were all receiving extended looks in Ugwoegbu's absence this spring. Just when he might be eligible to return from his indefinite suspension is not yet known.
May 26 - 12:30 PM

Oregon State is submitting a secondary violation to the NCAA.

The Beaver program found itself in an embarrassing situation earlier this month after Hawaii HC Nick Rolovich tweeted out pictures of recruiting materials that Oregon State had sent to current players, inviting them to attend the team's spring game. OSU is claiming that all of this was unintentional -- their internal investigation revealed an apparent clerical error -- and there are no indications that there was anything truly underhanded in the works, here. Expect light punishment from the NCAA, if that.
May 18 - 11:39 AM

In a statement, Oregon State claims that their mailing of recruitment materials to current Hawaii football players was "unintentional."

Warriors HC NIck Rolovich took to Twitter on Friday to post pictures of recruiting packets sent to Hawaii players inviting them to attend OSU's spring game. Or as he put it, #sloppybeavers. Oregon State is continuing to investigate how this whole situation came about and noted that they are "committed to following NCAA rules." If this truly is just a case of a mistaken mailing -- and that would be quite the mistake -- we wouldn't expect the program to receive much more than a slap on the wrist from the governing body. Hawaii and Oregon State can settle all this on the field next year, as they're scheduled to face off in Honolulu on Sept. 7, 2019.
May 6 - 11:36 AM

Ken Goe of The Oregonian reports that Oregon State redshirt sophomore Conor Blount has been impressing in his battle to win the starting QB job.

Blount is battling with Jake Luton and JUCO transfer Jack Colletto to start under center, and while all three have reportedly shown flashes over the spring, Goe writes that it's Blount who has been the most impressive. "Blount was at quarterback for three of the five touchdowns scored by the OSU offense," writes Goe. "He threw TD passes to Timmy Hernandez on a five-yard slant, and hit running back B.J. Baylor for a 30-yard pass-and-run score." Expect this battle to go all the way through the summer.
May 1 - 3:43 PM

Oregon State sophomore RB Calvin Tyler is "fighting for carries" behind No. 1 RB Artavis Pierce.

The Beavers are looking to replace three running backs from last season including draft-bound Ryan Nall. Pierce is the only one with significant action and is likely to slide in as their No. 1 running back. Former three-star recruit Tyler will look to win the backup job over B.J. Baylor, Christian Wallace, and Hunter Mattson. HC Jonathan Smith said he "likes where those guys are at" but didn't announce who would play second fiddle to Pierce.
Apr 25 - 7:07 PM

Oregon State redshirt junior Noah Togiai is not participating in spring practices.

Togiai is being counted on as one of the top playmakers for the Beavers in 2018, but he's battled knee injuries in back-to-back seasons, and even if he was at full strength they'd likely want Togiai to take it easy this spring. He's coming off a 34-4612 season for OSU, and those numbers could go way up if he's able to stay healthy -- and if Oregon State gets better quarterback play.
Apr 10 - 8:21 PM

Oregon State RB Ryan Nall is visiting the Bears on Monday.

With the uncertainty around Jordan Howard's future with the Bears, this is an interesting one. Nall is an above average athlete who can win on contact thanks to balance and is also a comfortable receiver, something Howard is not.
Apr 9 - 11:18 AM

Eastern Washington sophomore QB Nick Moore transferred to Oregon State.

Moore (6'0/180) is the younger brother of NFL backup Matt Moore. He'll be sitting out the upcoming campaign to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations, after which he'll have three seasons of eligibility remaining to his fair name. Eastern Washington HC Aaron Best has described the signal-caller as "firey."
Apr 4 - 8:05 PM

Jake Luton (back) is expected to return for spring practices.

Luton (6'7/234) missed the remainder of the year after suffering a spine injury against Washington State on September 17. He's throwing and running, and should be cleared for the physical activity necessary to practice when they start on Wednesday. He'll have an upper-hand in the quarterback competition as long as he can stay healthy.
Apr 3 - 6:36 PM

Oregon State RB Ryan Nall ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Anything under 4.60 seconds would have been considered a sharp time for the 6-foot-2, 234-pound Nall. Chalk his dash up as a success, then. The Oregon State draft hopeful additionally recorded a vertical leap of 33 inches, a broad jump of 122 inches and 15 reps on the bench press. While none of these numbers leap out as world beating, this has been a nice combine showing on the whole for the big back. He's hoping to hear his name called on Day 3 this spring. If that does occur, it likely won't be until the sixth or seventh round.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 6:24 PM

Oregon State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 LB Matthew Tago.

Tago chose Oregon State over Nebraska, but also had offers from USC, Colorado, Utah and Washington State. The Beavers have picked up several commits since Jonathan Smith became the new head coach, but Tago might be the biggest get of them all. He's ranked 15th among athletes in 247 Sports updated composite rankings, and 91st overall. This is a freshman who could make an immediate impact for Oregon State as they try and rebuild into Pac-12 North contenders again.
Feb 4 - 1:57 PM


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