Football season is done, at least for Oregon State, but there’s still plenty of news to cover. Here’s a few highlights.
This year, for the first time, beer and wine were on sale throughout Reser Stadium. KGW8 looked into the numbers, and it seems that they were pretty solid. Concessions sold $714,298 worth of alcohol, though a net profit has yet to be released. If the Beavers perform better next year, and attendance picks up, it will be interesting to see how those numbers are impacted.
While the Beavers seem content to stand with their coaching staff for at least one more season, other teams in the conference are making moves. USC decided that their problems this season were caused by everyone but Clay Helton, a controversial decision to say the least. After cleaning out their coaching staff, they appear to have landed one of the biggest names on the market for their new Offensive Coordinator, former Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury. Trojan Insider broke the story.
Kingsbury had been mentioned as a candidate for numerous college jobs, and even a few NFL ones. There’s no official word from the Trojans yet, but if this turns out to be true, it could be a big coup for the program.
Oregon’s defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt is reportedly in the market for a new job. After a few years with the Ducks, Leavitt is reportedly looking to return to a head coaching position. He has reportedly interviewed for the vacant head coaching position at Texas Tech, and has also been linked to the job at Pac-12 rival Colorado. The Ralphie Report is not a fan of this possibility, due to Leavitt’s controversial past.
Leavitt was previously the head coach at South Florida, during their meteoric rise to #2 in the BCS. His tenure their ended in scandal, after he assaulted a player during halftime of a game against Louisville. That wasn’t enough to keep him out of coaching, as he quickly found jobs with the San Francisco 49ers, Colorado, and most recently Oregon.
Several Oregon State athletes are making their marks in academics. Despite a rough season on the field, the Oregon State Women’s Soccer team earned 11 Pac-12 All-Academic Honors. They weren’t the only team seeing this kind of success, as the Women’s Cross Country team had 7 Pac-12 All-Academic honorees. The Volleyball team had 6 honorees. It’s definitely been a great year for Beaver academics.
That’s all for today, but check back later for more OSU news.