Oregon St. University was very disappointed in doing so, but has had to cancel tonight's Civil War Paint the Valley Pep Rally that was scheduled for 7 PM at Parker Plaza.
"The "Paint the State" Pep Rally scheduled for Monday night at Parker Plaza at Reser Stadium has been cancelled due to inclement weather and for the safety who fans who would be in attendance."
For those not in the mid-valley today, this is a disappointing development, but clearly the right decision if the event has to be held outside. High winds and heavy rains have pummeled the area all day. Those who are in the area need no explanation.
The last thing we need are a bunch of players, coaches, (Head Coach Mike Riley and team captain Jordan Poyer were looking forward to the event) fans, band members, and the cheerleaders getting sick right before the Civil War, when all hands will be needed to defeat the Ducks!
Practice, which was originally planned to be outside, was moved indoors in the Truax Center as well. (Not sure why the pep rally wasn't just moved in there as well, though sound levels might have been a hearing consideration.)
Both Brandin Cooks and Storm Woods, who left the California game Saturday night, practiced today. Cooks, who was cleared to return to the game, but wasn't needed by the time the trainers completed their evaluation, was at full speed. Woods eased into things, but plans to go 100% tomorrow.
Previously injured quarterback Cody Vaz and OG Grant Enger, both of whom suffered twisted ankles at Stanford, did not participate in drills, however, and while both will dress for the Civil War, as they did for the Stanford game, both are also still day-to-day.
As a result, Riley announced that Sean Mannion will start at quarterback. Mannion has won 5 of his 6 starts this year.
Guard Josh Andrews, who had to be helped off the field during the California game, but subsequently returned to action, showed no lingering ill affects, and linebacker DJ Alexander, who played with what has been determined to be a cracked rib against California, after missing all but the first series against Stanford, also practiced, and fully expects to play in the Civil War.