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The Dam Links 3/13/2014

Another basketball season comes to its expected end...but wait! There's (probably) more!

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170 days until kickoff vs. Portland State...more than half-way between opening days now. We're closer to playing Portland State than losing to Eastern Washington...

In Todd McShay's latest mock draft, he has Brandin Cooks going 26th to the Cleveland Browns. He doesn't have Scott Crichton projected to go in the first round. Should Cooks be the third WR drafted?

Bleacher Report has a full scouting report on the Beavers' third best pro prospect this year: Rashaad Reynolds. They project him as a fourth round draft pick.

Athlon Sports ranks all 128 Division 1 coaching jobs in terms of desirability. Oregon State comes in 54th overall, and 10th in the Pac-12, ahead of just Utah and Washington State.

OSU football has a new team chaplain: H.D. Weddel is leaving his current job as principal of Bend High School to take the position.

Former Beaver (and current All-Pro) punter Johnny Hekker is getting cold for a good cause.

Oregon State lost its first game of the Pac-12 tourney? I think I'm going to have a heart attack and die from that surprise! Writeups from last night's Civil War in Vegas: The Oregonian's Connor Letourneau. The Gazette Times' Jesse Sowa. The official OSU website. While the down side of the loss means the NIT is almost assuredly out, we're more likely to see home games in the CBI against schools you might or might not have heard of. As long as we don't see Coppin State...

John Canzano takes a look at Craig Robinson's future; Canzano thinks he should stay. Devon Collier finds inspiration from an unusual source for a college athlete -- his six year old daughter.

Despite the women's basketball team not winning the Pac-12 tournament, they still moved up a couple of lines in the most current Bracketology. Of course, an 8th seed comes with a possible second round date against Tennessee in Knoxville. Yuck. If you want to watch the NCAA Selection Show with the womens' team on Monday, you can do so at the Reser Stadium Loge. Admission is free, doors open at 3:30 by the 4pm show.

Andy already covered this week's movement in the baseball polls, but ESPN's Power Rankings has the Beavers third. Boyd's World RPI projections has Oregon State all the way down at 76th, due to their weak schedule -- this is an important factor in selecting the NCAA tournament seedings at the end of the year. I really don't like the Beavers' non-conference scheduling practices in baseball, it would be nice if they stepped that up a bit. He also projects that Oregon State may have zero chance of reaching the top 8 in RPI for the season. There's a lot of room for error in those numbers since it's so early, but it's still perplexing to see how much influence an earlier season schedule may have. A Pac-12 title would likely cure all ills and result in a national seed, but if the Beavers finish 2nd or 3rd, this could certainly come back to haunt them.

Softball opens Pac-12 play this weekend with a three game series against Arizona State. First pitch is at 1pm.

Gymnastics' Madeline Gardiner won the Pac-12 freshman of the week honors for her performance last weekend in the victory over Arizona. The team travels to Seattle this weekend for a meet against Washington and Seattle Pacific.

Want a really obscure OSU sport? Kevin Hampton of the Gazette-Times takes a look at an OSU racquetball player.

Mens' golf participated in the Lamkin San Diego Classic last weekend; they finished 6th in the 13-team tournament.

SB Nation's Gif Tournament is always a fun read (watch?).

What happens when you raise a pelican to adulthood, teach him to fly, and strap a camera to his bill? This:

As always, vote in the poll below, and if I missed anything, please leave it in the comments.