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Quick Links 4/5: News and notes from Beaver Nation

Spring Football is in the air, OSU Softball making some noise, Ben Kone transfers, a legend is on the move and more

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Spring Football has begun

Yesterday marked the first time the shiny new coaching staff was able to get the players on the field and start to mold their vision. Several news nuggets dropped on day 1.

  • Former 4 star recruit Christian Wallace has moved from the defensive backfield to the offensive one. The former corner is getting looks at running back with the new staff. Christian was a stud RB in high school, but could never seem to find his way onto the field as a DB under the GA/ Cory Hall regime. Late last season he was granted his release with intent to transfer, but he decided to stay and see what this new staff can do in Beaver Nation.
  • Outside linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Jonathan Smith. It is not currently known what initiated the suspension, or what it will take for the suspension to be lifted.
  • Also noted in the Oregonian report on Ugwoegbu’s suspension is the fact that Kesi Ah-Hoy and Shemiah Unutoa-Whitson have elected to medically retire.
  • Jake Luton made his return to the field after a spinal injury cut his season short last year. Luton will look to impress and improve under the tutelage of Smith and Lindgren, two coaches who have done well with QB’s in the past.

Can’t get enough spring ball talk, well you’re in luck. The BTD podcast with Leo and Travis will be making it’s return shortly as they break down what they think about the new direction of OSU football and probably some other things.


While many were focused on the struggles of our baseball team in Utah, an amazing civil war series took place in Corvallis. A series that saw the Beavs end a 15 game losing streak to the Ducks, and take the rubber match to extra innings before falling. The squad is toiling just outside the top 25 and competing well in a stacked Pac-12.

Additionally head coach Laura Berg was named head coach of the national team.


OSU forward Ben Kone has decided to transfer after two season in orange and black. An ACL injury his senior year of high school slowed his progress and he ended up seeing limited minutes the past two years. We at Building The Dam wish Ben the best of luck wherever he ends up.

The move opens up a third scholarship for next season. It would not be a surprise to see coach Tinkle chase a grad transfer or two.

Brandin Cooks

For the second offseason in a row Brandin Cooks is headed to a new home, but this time it’s not to a team everyone hates. The OSU legend with be headed to LA to team up with Johnny Hekker and Sean Mannion on the Rams. LA won the NFC West last season under first year Head Coach Sean McVey and have made a ton of moves this offseason to put them in Super Bowl or bust mode.

WNBA Draft

The WNBA draft will take place next Thursday, and OSU’s Marie Gulich is projected to be a late first or early second round pick. Stay with BTD as we break down wherever she ends up next Thursday.

Tune in

To our Southern Oregon fans, tune in to 580 the game tomorrow before the game at Arizona and listen to our very own Joe Londergan break down OSU’s baseball season to date. While we are not positive what time the interview will air, you should just listen all afternoon cause it’ll be worth it. If that’s not your thing, then just follow Building The Dam on twitter and we will update you once we know more.

You can also listen live via webstream at