Oregon State Fan Fest


Are you excited? While Oregon set a record with 44,129 fans today, OSU will have a more mild version, as is Mike Riley’s liking, and maybe bring in 4,000 fans. Even that number is not guaranteed.

With our new marketing guru hired it sure seems like just a repeat of last year. Having Truax open for an hour or so on Fan Fest day does not 1/1000th equal having the Moshofsky Center open 3 hours prior to kickoff on actual gamedays as fan fervor takes over and basically guarantees the Ducks will win. Will OSU step up to the rest of the Pac-12′s bold actions and atleast try to raise its game? One can only hope BDC and Riley will take on the challenge of being a true rival to the Ducks and not accept being seen as near Washington Generals in comparison on the football field.

What OSU needs is a Pittsburgh Steelers/Baltimore Ravens atmosphere of physical and fast play and rowdy fans. BDC and Riley almost seem to encourage something closer to English high noon teatime. How about handing out some Rowdy Rags at Fan Fest that can be our version of Terrible Towels? If OSU is going to win the vast majority of its home games the culture must change to a much more involved crowd that is spurring on the action throughout all 4 quarters. Then things like remaining quiet as Quizz is thrown 15 yards out of bounds would never happen because the crowd would be erupting and waving in frenzied unison. Instead we have too casual of coaches and the fans are mimicing the often passive attitude.

Watching Grimm last night on ABC they had an episode about a lodge of Beaver people. These people had some positive traits but their main fault was being too timid. Right now I think that applies to the OSU program and our current leadership. We never get a press conference from either Riley or BDC that states they intend to win more than 6 games. It doesn’t matter if we are expected to be better or not. The standard is never defined and appears like it really is 6 wins since that very definition of mediocrity earns an extension. Anything past that is sweetener but not to be expected. This approach has alot to do with why 8 wins seasons will be a rarity if we move forward past this season with Riley.

He never has once had a preseason statement that he likes this team and believes they can win the conference and are very confident in 8+ wins. You never hear it and the expectations are simply set too low. Very little will be different at today’s Fan Fest. If you have your 9 year old in Truax take a picture with your iPhone or Android device. As an adult interested in winning in the fall you may not have a chance to share a great Truax Gameday experience with fellow serious fans that also believe OSU Football could be much greater if it chose to be.

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  • OSU4Life

    I question whether Oregon State really wants to compete with u of o? What I mean, is that if they pull all of their resources together and do everything within their power to compete with u of o and they don’t succeed, then they will have to face responsibility and accountability. If they do nothing, or just leave everything as it is, then it makes it easier to point out that we don’t have the re$ource$ u of o does, and will just
    have to accept things for what they are. I HATE the deflated and defeated attitude that is surrounding OSU athletics. OSU needs its swagger back, grow some Beavers!

    • OS_Beaver

       @OSU4Life
      When Erickson was peaking at OSU we were the bigger and sexier program in the state.  We were also the most exciting.  Now we aren’t even in the same hemisphere and it has a ton to do with Riley being BORING and there being no effort to grow the program through a real spring game, winning in September or any of the basics you see everywhere else.  
       
      I estimated the fans at Reser as 3250 or less on Cliff’s GT article but if you look at it it looks more like 1700.  If that was the reality then 44,129/1700 means Oregon may have had 25.96x more fans for their event then we did.  We are an apathetic program and Riley only has unsexy quotes like this…“We have a long way to go before we win a game, but there were guys making plays today.”  What he means by that is getting 6 wins will be “neat stuff’ while plenty in Beaver Nation want to gag.  Belotti passed on the torch and Riley needs to do the same.  It’s time. 
       
      The most important thing we can do this year is not to make a New Mexico Bowl.  Rather, it is to figure out and position ourselves to get the best coach in the offseason.  We won’t be alone but we can get one of the best available if we are prepared and have a strategy like Bill Moos did.  Most laughed at me last year when I said Mike Leach would fit in Corvallis and probably come to a place a lot like OSU if targeted.  WSU has quite a few similarities but their AD gets what an exciting brand of football is about and how to synergize your fanbase and rally support.  The new WSU stadium facelift looks great by the way.  
       
      The Tinker 2013 new look/uniform combos is crucial as Cal and UW get brand new digs.  To really usher our new look in the right  way it should be a fresh start with a new and energized head coach.  Josh Wilcox is always an option and he would sell better and have a spring game his first year that brings in 8000+.  There will be even better options of course but that is the minimum of what could be done with next to no effort.  Riley can’t lead at the level of the rest of the Pac-12 with its new energy. 
       
      He will get a big buyout and can coach Western Oregon, Southern Oregon, Pacific or anywhere else where it isn’t about bigtime football.  But Riley isn’t bigtime football.  He went 14-34 at San Diego where they have great resources and had a 3 and 1 win season to end his time there as they literally ran him out the door.  Noone in San Diego wanted any of Riley’s mojo or lack thereof effecting their sunny mentality.  He posts a 1-15 record (one of the worst in NFL history) and then BDC brings him back to Corvallis and together they start their Ice Planet Hoth strategy.

  • OS_Beaver

    Meant Justin Wilcox.  He is the kind of young, hungry coach OSU would do well to lead us for the next 5 or 6 years.  A guy who will soon start to hit his stride and prime.  OSU would get his best years if hired for a 5 year deal.  Then have extensions only be for 8 wins or more and make him earn it beyond that.  A guy like Justin would provide great, energizing branding and make all the Nike rebranding efforts pay off.  OSU stealing a hot commodity from UW is also a major statement to the rest of the PAC-12 that OSU is ready to compete and recruit with the best.  Wilcox would get Reser expanded sooner and make damn sure there was a Spring game to be excited about.

  • OS_Beaver

    Gary Andersen of Utah State is another option.  USU had a solid lead at Auburn but the refs slightly hurt him at the end.  He is a capable coach with a strong passion for winning.  USU was pretty bad before but he has gotten some interesting athletes and especially some fast QBs.  He is gettable and started at USU in 2008 so he is still fairly young.  He was defensive coordinator at Utah in 2007 and was part of the team that won the Sugar Bowl in 2008 and finished #2 in the nation.