In large part because of Kalani Sitake‘s presence on Gary Andersen‘s coaching staff, Christian Folau signed with Oregon State as a member of the Class of 2017. Two years later, Sitake’s situation has change — and now so has Folau’s.
On his personal Twitter account this week, Folau indicated that, instead of OSU, he will start his collegiate playing career at BYU. The move, which had been somewhat expected, comes not long after Folau wrapped up an LDS church mission in San Jose, California.
A three-star recruit according to 247Sports.com, Folau was rated as the No. 12 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Utah. He held offers from, among others, Cal, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin. Before signing with the Beavers. Folau had been committed to the Cardinal.
Despite the transfer, Folau will be eligible to play immediately for the Cougars in 2017.
At the time Folau signed with OSU in February of 2015, Sitake was the Beavers’ defensive coordinator. In December of that same year, however, Sitake left Corvallis to take over as the head coach of the Cougars, paving the way for Folau to join him at BYU.
Ask any Pac-12 fan what their biggest source of frustration is right now and more likely than not ‘Pac-12 Networks‘ will be at, or near, the top of their list.
That can at times be the same response given by the league’s athletic directors as revenues from the venture fall further and further behind rivals like the uber-successful Big Ten Network and SEC Network. With those two leagues pushing conference payouts over the $50 million mark as soon as next year, the Pac-12 appears in danger of slipping further and further behind on the finance front.
Speaking to industry publication CableMax this week, Pac-12 Networks’ outgoing president Lydia Murphy-Stephans understands that the balance sheet isn’t quite the same out West but parity with the two other conference networks was never something that was promised to schools when the channels were formed several years ago.
“There is a gap between what Pac-12 Networks delivers and the Big Ten Network and the SEC Network,” said Murphy-Stephans in a Q&A with the magazine. “What has to be factored in is the revenue specifically from Pac-12 Networks is only one part of the overall revenue each university receives from the Pac-12. I understand there is frustration, though no athletic director or administrator was ever told the Pac-12 Networks would deliver the same or more revenue than what its peer conferences are currently getting from their networks.
“I don’t think it’s fair in any way to call out Pac-12 Networks as the source of the deficiency the universities or maybe those particular athletic directors or administrators are citing.”
Not exactly the kind of comments that will thrill some around the Pac-12 when it comes time to pay for facility upgrades or to give a coach a raise but probably pretty on the nose as to what was said back when realignment was getting hot and heavy around the country. Murphy-Stephans is leaving her post in the not too distant future so it’s not like she will have to massage some of these comments with Pac-12 administrators like her boss Larry Scott will likely have to do in the coming days.
The Major League Baseball draft was this week and, while Hunter Jarmon went undrafted, he’s still going to make a go at a professional stick & ball career.
On social media Thursday, Jarmon announced that he has signed a contract with the San Diego Padres organization. As a result, the wide receiver will be foregoing his final season of football eligibility at Oregon State.
Jarmon, who would’ve been a senior this season, played baseball for the Beavers his freshman season in 2013-14 but hasn’t played the sport since.
“We 100-percent support Hunter’s decision to pursue this tremendous opportunity of a baseball career at this time in his life,” a statement from OSU head football coach Gary Andersen began. “He is a quality young man and we wish him the very best in pursuing this course.”
Over the past three seasons, Jarmon started eight games. In that span, he caught 41 passes for 555 yards and three touchdowns. In 2014, his 16.7 yards per reception led the team.
The next edition of the Civil War could feature a familiar face for fans of both sides of Oregon’s famous rivalry.
Oregonian columnist John Canzano reports that former Oregon Ducks tailback Thomas Tyner is set to return from a medical retirement from football and will instead be headed up the road to Corvallis in order to join Oregon State’s backfield in 2017:
Tyner requested his release from the University of Oregon on Friday. At 9 a.m. on Saturday morning it became official and the former five-star running back who once rushed for 644 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in a single game for Aloha High School prepared to talk with Beavers coach Gary Andersen about playing for OSU next season.
“I’ve wanted to be a Beaver my whole life,” Tyner said.
It seems there’s still plenty to sort out when it comes to the NCAA and becoming eligible for the upcoming season but Tyner seems pretty set on returning to the football field where he once made a name for himself. One of the few five-star prospects to prep in the Beaver State, the running back was a key member of the backfield rotation and rushed for 1,284 yards and 14 touchdowns over two seasons with the Ducks.
Shoulder injuries prevented him from getting back on the field however and it was later announced that he was retiring from the game. It seems the itch to play was just to great though and hence we have this rather interesting comeback attempt at a Pac-12 rival. Canzano notes that Tyner couldn’t play for the Ducks if he wanted because he took that medical retirement and NCAA rules prevent a return, so it’s Beavers or bust in 2017 and beyond for the running back.
If everything does sort itself out eventually and Tyner shows flashes of his former self, he could turn OSU into one of the best backfields on the West Coast. Ryan Nall is already an established, quality starter and he could form a nice thunder-and-lightning tandem with the speedy Tyner for the rebuilding Beavers. Either way, best to circle November 25th on your calendar and tune in for the annual Civil War (in Eugene this year, no less) because it could feature one player who is as intimately familiar with the opponent as he is with his own team.
Ah yes, that time of year when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of boarding the transfer train.
The latest to see such a personnel shift is Oregon State, with Joah Robinett confirming via Twitter that he has decided to transfer from the Beavers. Additionally, the San Diego native confirmed that he has “decided to go back home in order to be close to family and continue playing football at” San Diego State.
Because of NCAA transfer rules, Robinett will be forced to sit out the 2017 season. He’ll then have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning in 2018.
A three-star 2016 signee, Robinette was credited with five tackles in two games as a true freshman at outside linebacker before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season. The 6-8, 236-pound sophomore, who also missed spring practice because of the injury, was slated to move from defense to tight end when the Beavers kicked off summer camp in August.