The Dam Links 4/16/2014


Now that your taxes are filed, you can get back to what's really important -- scouring the net for spring football news.

135 days until kickoff vs. Portland State...

Sean Mannion went one-on-one with Rick Neuheisel on the Pac-12 network. There's a 90-second preview online; the full 30 minute episode debuts Wednesday at 8pm. Four things you didn't know about Sean Mannion, courtesy of the Oregonian's Gina Mizell.

OSU Football did a bunch of video features from spring practice: Dylan Winn -- Mission Accomplished. Connor Hamlett -- can a tight end help replace Brandin Cooks? Ryan Murphy -- My Last Go-Around. The team's ballcarriers -- Runnin' with the Beavs. Michael Doctor -- Doctor Returns.

BYU transfer Baker Pritchard is adjusting to life at OSU. Siale Hautau is one of a number of Beavers competing for playing time this spring. Corvallis High School graduate Nolan Hansen is getting a chance to show what he can do.

Jesse Sowa has a Q&A with Craig Robinson.

Connor Letourneau takes a deeper look at incoming basketball signee Cameron Oliver. Oliver is expected to officially join the Beavers today.

Arizona Desert Swarm's weekly baseball power rankings keeps the Beavs at #2. Boyd's World ISR shows the Beavers at #5 (only one spot above the Ducks), but the RPI still has the Beavers down at #25. The Nolan Power Index shows the Beavs at #4. Note: the last three numbers may change slightly from day to day, based on other outcomes, so if you're clicking on this a little later, the numbers might not be exactly the same.

Ben Wetzler and Michael Conforto were named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list, given to the nation's best amateur player.

Womens' basketball associate head coach Mark Campbell has taken an assistant coaching job with Oregon. I can't imagine that move went over well in the Athletic Department.

Womens' golf had a good weekend, scoring the second lowest three-round score in school history, finishing 4th in the 15 team Silverado Showdown.

The three OSU gymnasts who qualified for nationals -- Madeline Gardiner, Kaytianna McMillan and Chelsea Tang -- are ready for the meet this weekend. Six gymnasts won all-conference academic honors.

Oregon State softball got completely annihilated by the top ranked Ducks last weekend, losing all three games by a combined score of 38-7. Two of the games got mercy-ruled, the last one in 5 innings due to the Beavers being down 18-0. If it makes them feel any better, I was once on a city league softball team that lost 54-4.

The mens' rowing team lost a close race to Stanford last weekend. The womens' team fared better, beating Duke in the Oregon State Classic at Dexter Lake in Lowell, Oregon.

Former OSU Pitcher (and 2007 College World Series MVP) Jorge Reyes played a key role in a pretty epic prank played on Jeff Francoeur by his teammates on at AAA El Paso. The highlights are below.

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