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Over The Dam - 6.2.09

Oregon State's trip to Fort Worth has obviously been the big item in the news as of late. There's a few topics coming out of the regional, plus some other things going on that I'd like to hit on. Here's what's going over the dam today...

Cool news out of the Pac-10 office, as four OSU baseball players earned Pac-10 Academic Honors. Senior outfielder John Wallace qualified for the second team, while Ryan Ortiz, Rob Folsom, and Kraig Sitton also made the list as honorable mentions. Wallace, Ortiz, and Folsom are majoring in business, while Sitton is a history major. 

Speaking of the Pac-10, Commissioner Tom Hansen is preparing for his retirement after 26 years on the job. He's the longest tenured conference commissioner in the country. His resume is impressive-- he's pioneered the BCS and worked on television contracts--but he's also drawn criticism. Hansen, now 71-years-old, will step down from the position on July 1. 

On the topic of retiring, Norm Maves Jr. broke the story in The Oregonian today that Mouse Davis is retiring as Portland State football offensive coordinator. Mouse came to Portland State with Jerry Glanville two seasons ago. The Beavers will play the Vikings in their season opener on September 5 at Reser Stadium.  

Monday was not the first time Mouse Davis has retired from football and it might not be the last, but the announcement leaves Portland State without the guy who knows everything there is to know about the Vikings offense. And although Davis on Monday didn't give a definitive explanation about the move -- saying "Why now? Why not now?" -- his departure wasn't unexpected.

At the end of spring practice last month, Davis, 76, suggested a change might be coming in light of Portland State going 7-15 in its first two seasons under coach Jerry Glanville. "To be very honest, I think he's panicked a little bit as far as how we've done things," he said of Glanville. "And panic is not always bad. Sometimes that's good, if it forces him to do what he wants to do. And he may want to turn to a little different stroke. Who knows? I've just tried to support him."

On the subject of baseball, you can read Jim Beseda's game story from Sunday over on OregonLive. Beseda echoes what we've been saying about the effort put forth by the team in Sunday's doubleheader:

The Beavers, hoping to rebound from Friday's 13-1 loss to the TCU, gave everything they had Sunday, scoring 22 runs on 26 hits during a two-game, 11-hour marathon from first pitch to last on a day played mostly in 90-degree heat.

You can also read Beseda's end of season wrap-up article, in which he says that the Beavers still "have their heads held high".

"We had momentum, we had some chances, we had some runners, and TCU found a way to get us out in certain situations, and that's the game of baseball," Casey said. "They'll be back. They'll rally. They'll be back. I'm proud of them.

Lori Dann, writing for the Gazette-Times, added her thoughts on the game. She touches on something that we've also spent some tim talking about... the play where Adalberto Santos was called out stealing second.

Leading 4-1 in the fifth, the Beavers had a chance to extend their advantage when Adalberto Santos singled up the middle and appeared to steal second, but he was called out on the play.

"It was a big play," said Casey, who vigorously protested the call. "He appeared to be safe to us. That didn’t change the outcome of the game. We had momentum, we had some chances, we had some runners, and their guy found a way to get us out in some situations."

TCU starter Tyler Lockwood seemed to gain confidence after that point, retiring the next nine batters. The Horned Frogs then tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth off reliever Ryan Gorton, who had spelled starter Tanner Robles in the fourth.

In what I thought to be an interesting read, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times shares that UW AD Scott Woodward is pushing for revenue sharing in the Pac-10.

In 2008, for instance, USC took home $6,469,584 in revenue from TV games that were part of the regular Pac-10 package (the totals do not include money for local TV games, which pay out far less). At the bottom of the scale, Washington State took home $3,029,526.

But success on the field doesn't solely determine TV income. Washington, despite an 0-12 season, was fourth at $4,740,518, a testament in part to its rabid following and large media market. Oregon, despite finishing second and winning 10 games, was seventh at $3,967,724, in part due to being in a smaller market.

The total TV revenue for the conference was $43,250,000, meaning if the money was split evenly, each school would get $4,325,000. For smaller-market schools, that extra million or so every year would make a huge difference.

I'm not sure what Bob De Carolis' point of view is on this. The Beavers, believe it or not, brought home the third-most TV revenue in 2008 at $4,864,571, behind USC and UCLA. While the Beavers could end up paying back money if this plan were to go into effect, it could be argued that it would be in the best interest of the conference.

Any other links interest you this morning? If so, share 'em!

--Jake (jake.buildingthedam@gmail.com) (Add BtD on Twitter)