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Oregon State mailbag: Dick Fosbury OSU’s best of all time, women’s hoop transfers, favorite football games, stadiums 3/24/2023 Nick Daschel,
Ice clings to mailboxes in Tigard, Oregon. A winter storm brought snow and ice to the Portland Metro Area on December 23, 2022. Photo by Tim Brown/Staff © Tim Brown, The Oregonain/ Ice clings to mailboxes in Tigard, Oregon. A winter storm brought snow and ice to the Portland Metro Area on December 23, 2022. Photo by Tim Brown/Staff

Readers ask questions about Oregon State athletics, and The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Nick Daschel responds. Here goes with the latest:

Why is Rich Dorman still the pitching coach? Serious question here – Jonathan

Because Dorman has a contract.

Pitching coaches are right up there with quarterbacks and football coordinators as the most criticized among college fan bases. Some criticism is valid, but a lot of it is nonsense. Has Dorman really been that terrible? The pitching staff was pretty good a year ago. They lost a lot from that staff. Give it time.

Where should we put Dick Fosbury in the pantheon of Oregon State greats? — @Ballas_Info

From a worldwide perspective, I wouldn’t argue if someone said Fosbury, who died March 12 at age 76, is No. 1 among OSU athletic greats. Who had a greater impact on a particular sport than Fosbury than he had on track and field’s high jump? Definitely among the school’s top three, competing with Terry Baker and Gary Payton.

What happened with Jenny Huth? – Andrew B

This question came earlier in the week. As we reported Thursday, Huth is no longer on Oregon State’s women’s basketball coaching staff.

Will lose any of the women [WBB] to the portal? – Jeffery E

Center Jelena Mitrovic is unlikely to return next season. There was some gray area when Mitrovic went through Senior Day ceremonies, but it appears she’s decided, with a degree in hand, to call it a college career. As for the roster staying intact for the 2023-24 season, it’s looking good. It appears none of the current underclassmen are considering a move. OSU, meanwhile, is looking to add two transfers this offseason. Stay tuned on that front.

(Jeremiah) Noga and (Joel) Valadez, both from Grants Pass both could contribute in ‘23, possible storyline. All the QBs planning to be in Corvallis this summer working out? — @Lionbenny1010

For Noga and Valadez, the opportunity is there, for sure. The top six receiving positions are hardly set. Let’s see how the spring progresses. As for quarterbacks hanging around this summer, it would be shocking if they weren’t in Corvallis. It’s 2023. Players rarely go home, particularly QBs.

Here’s one I’ve always wondered. Why do sports writers typically give the final results mid article, then go on to finish describing whatever game they’re writing up instead of writing up to the end and finishing with the result? Seems to be like that in 90% of the articles. — @RiverScottLake

Typically? I’d need examples. Depends on what you’re reading for a “game story.” When I report on Oregon State football and basketball games, I generally write two stories. One a bare-bones recap that posts shortly after the game ends, then a broader story about what it means, focus on a certain player or player, etc. My rule of thumb is the first score you see in a game story is the final score. I hate, absolutely hate, when reporters refer to another score in the game before writing the actual final score first.

What is your favorite Oregon State football game that you went to/covered? — @beaver_old

I didn’t cover either of the USC upsets from two decades ago, so those are out. As much as this will pain you, probably my favorite OSU game that I covered was the Beavers’ 33-30 loss at Washington in 2000. That was one hell of a game, win or lose. The 38-34 win over Oregon in November is up there, just because of the comeback element and Oregon State’s sheer dominance of the Ducks down the stretch.

Favorite away game stadium for football? –@SexyBeav

I’ve covered close to 100 games in Husky Stadium. Hard to beat that stadium for atmosphere and view. (Just for the record, Husky Stadium > Autzen Stadium seven days of the week). But my favorite? Rose Bowl. The view is spectacular, and the games, even if both teams might not be great, feel special.

Where are all the 3-win season and the non-returning final team players (OSU hoops) now? – Max C

Six players transferred to other schools. Deshawn Davis (Mississippi State) and Jarod Lucas (Nevada) were starters for NCAA Tournament teams. Gianni Hunt (Sacramento State) and Ahmad Rand (Milwaukee) were starters. Isaiah Johnson averaged 7.3 points a game for Portland State. Tre Williams played about half a season at Tulane. As for others, Warith Alatishe and Maurice Calloo dipped their toes into the NBA’s G League, while Roman Silva played professionally in Mexico.

Is Gavin Turley serving time on the bench for his recent batting woes or is he missing from the lineup for other reason? – Karl

From the O’s baseball beat reporter, Joe Freeman:

After starting his college career in dominant fashion, the prized freshman outfielder has been mired in one of the worst slumps in recent memory at Oregon State. He’s 0 for 17 in his last six games and it’s not just that he’s making outs — it’s that he’s struggling simply to put the ball in play. Fourteen of the 17 outs in his slump have come on strikeouts. Turley had hits in 11 of his first 12 college games and boasted a batting average of .424 on March 3. It’s down to .266 now.

Things reached a point where Mitch Canham and the coaching staff had to sit Turley for his own good, to recalibrate his approach and clear his mind. Turley is an incredible talent, works insanely hard and is as determined as anyone I’ve seen to be great. So he’ll snap out of his funk. But it’s been a tough March for the freshman.

Will there be a FB uniform change for 2023? – Rand W

Maybe, but nothing definitive. It’s up to Nike, not Oregon State.

Is Chance Nolan limited to walk on or graduated/retired status? – Michael R

Not sure what you mean by graduated/retired status. Nolan remains in the transfer portal. Information has completely dried up. My guess is he’s waiting for the end of spring practices to see which teams might need a seasoned quarterback.

After spring practice and before fall camp, do any of the football coaches, except the strength coach, get to work with a player(s)? — @2023SportsGuy

Football coaches can supervise up to two hours of workouts each week during the summer months.

What round will the Jackhammer get picked? – Richard K

Jack Colletto is a possible third day NFL Draft pick, but more likely is an undrafted free agent.

—Nick Daschel | | @nickdaschel

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