Nov 11, 2023; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Oregon State Beavers running back Damien Martinez (6) runs with the ball for a touchdown during the first half against the Stanford Cardinal at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Oregon State star RB Damien Martinez to enter portal

Oregon State star running back Damien Martinez intends to enter the transfer portal next week, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

Martinez is with the program for spring drills but plans to place his name in the portal sometime after it opens on April 16, according to reports. The portal window closes April 30.

Martinez earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors by rushing for 1,185 yards and nine touchdowns on 194 carries in 12 games last season for a 6.1 average per carry. He recorded six 100-yard games with a high of 146 against Stanford.

In two seasons with the Beavers, Martinez has 2,167 rushing yards and 16 TDs on 355 carries in 25 games.

Martinez didn’t play in Oregon State’s 40-8 loss to Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl. He was briefly suspended for suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) in November, but no charges were brought forward. He was reinstated prior to the bowl game but didn’t participate.

After the regular season, Jonathan Smith departed as Oregon State coach to take a similar position at Michigan State. Trent Bray is now the Beavers’ coach.

Oregon State went 8-5 last season, including 5-4 in its final campaign of Pac-12 play.

–Field Level Media

Oct 25, 2022; San Francisco, CA, USA; Deputy commissioner Teresa Gould speaks during Pac-12 Women's Basketball Media Day at the Pac-12 Network Studios. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Pac-12’s Teresa Gould first female commish of Power 5 conference

The Pac-12 on Monday promoted deputy commissioner Teresa Gould to commissioner, effective March 1, to replace the outgoing George Kliavkoff.

Gould will become the first woman to serve as commissioner of a Power 5 football conference.

“Teresa’s deep knowledge of collegiate athletics and unwavering commitment to student-athletes makes her uniquely qualified to help guide the Pac-12 Conference during this period of unprecedented change in college sports,” Washington State president Kirk Schulz said in a statement. “As the first female commissioner of an Autonomy Five conference, Teresa will be able to bring new perspectives and fresh ideas to the table as the industry works to find its way through this shifting landscape.”

Gould was appointed by Schulz and Oregon State president Jayathi Murthy. Their schools received control of Pac-12 decision-making in December because the remaining member institutions are departing for the Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC later this year.

Washington State and Oregon State have set up a scheduling partnership with the Mountain West Conference for football and will join the West Coast Conference as an affiliate member in 12 men’s and women’s sports for at least the next two seasons. A news release said the Pac-12 “will continue to sponsor select sports, sign media rights partnership and produce live events and content” going forward.

“I look forward to partnering with Oregon State and Washington State to secure a bright future for their student-athletes that allows them to compete at the highest level of college athletics, while enjoying the benefits of a quality campus experience,” Gould said in a statement. “Working in collaboration with their leadership and our talented staff, I am excited to build a pathway for the future that allows their programs to thrive.”

–Field Level Media

Oregon State Beavers quarterback DJ Uiagalelei warm ups before the annual rivalry game against Oregon on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

Florida State lands transfer QB DJ Uiagalelei

Former Clemson and Oregon State quarterback DJ Uiagalelei is joining Florida State for the 2024 season.

He passed for 2,638 yards and 21 touchdowns in his lone season with the Beavers after transferring from Clemson.

Uiagalelei is 30-10 in his college career.

“I’m excited to have DJ join the Nole Family,” head coach Mike Norvell said in a statement Tuesday. “He is a proven winner, and his record as a starting quarterback is impressive. He has showcased incredible leadership on the field, and how he treats people off the field is remarkable. DJ is an extremely hard worker who is excited to continue to develop in this system and be around the great playmakers we have here. DJ adds a great deal of experience, talent and play-making ability into a quarterback room that we are extremely excited about as we enter 2024. He has great size and ability, is incredibly accurate pushing the ball down the field and is one of the top quarterbacks in the country in big-play percentage. I am thrilled to be adding this talented football player, dedicated student and wonderful person into our Nole Family.”

Uiagalelei had been deciding whether to choose a third school or enter the 2024 NFL Draft. His decision gives Florida State experience at the position after losing Jordan Travis. Travis, who ended the season injured, is out of eligibility. Backup Tate Rodemaker entered the transfer portal.

True freshman Brock Glenn started the final two games of the season for Florida State — the ACC Championship against Louisville and a 63-3 blowout loss to Georgia last week in the Orange Bowl.

Uiagalelei had a career year at Oregon State in 2023 with an 8-4 regular season. He added 219 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

His career totals with the Beavers and Tigers (2020-22) include 8,319 passing yards, 57 TDs and 24 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Oregon State Beavers quarterback DJ Uiagalelei warm ups before the annual rivalry game against Oregon on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

Report: QB DJ Uiagalelei transferring to Florida State

Former Oregon State quarterback DJ Uiagalelei has committed to Florida State, ESPN reported Monday.

He passed for 2,638 yards and 21 touchdowns in his lone season with the Beavers after transferring from Clemson.

Uiagalelei had been deciding whether to choose a third school or enter the 2024 NFL Draft, per reports.

He led Oregon State to an 8-4 regular season, adding 219 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

His career totals with the Beavers and Tigers (2020-22) include 8,319 passing yards, 57 TDs and 24 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Dec 29, 2023; El Paso, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Steve Angeli (18) drops back to pass against the Oregon State Beavers defense in the first half at Sun Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

No. 16 Notre Dame steamrolls No. 19 Oregon State to win Sun Bowl

Steve Angeli passed for three touchdowns in his first career start as No. 16 Notre Dame shellacked No. 19 Oregon State 40-8 on Friday in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

Angeli drew the start after Sam Hartman opted out of the game and he stood out by completing 14 of 18 passes for 212 yards for the Fighting Irish (10-3). Jordan Faison had five receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown and Jadarian Price rushed for 106 yards and a score for Notre Dame.

Jayden Thomas and Jeremiyah Love also caught touchdown passes and Chase Ketterer tacked on a rushing score for the Fighting Irish.

Ben Gulbranson was 16-of-27 passing for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Beavers (8-5), who lost their third straight game. Gulbranson threw just one pass in the regular season but became the starter for the bowl game after both DJ Uiagalelei and Aidan Chiles entered the transfer portal.

The Beavers were also without star running back Damien Martinez and leading tackler Easton Mascarenas-Arnold. In addition, wide receivers coach Kefense Hynson served as interim coach after Jonathan Smith departed for the Michigan State gig.

Oregon State avoided the shutout when Gulbranson tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Valsin III with 6:19 left in the game. Tyler Voltin ran in for the two-point conversion.

The Fighting Irish outgained the Beavers 448-197. Oregon State netted 2 yards on the ground while Notre Dame piled up 236.

Notre Dame was dominant throughout and increased its lead to 24 with 10 third-quarter points.

Spencer Shrader booted a 44-yard field goal with 9:43 left in the third quarter to give the Fighting Irish a 17-0 lead.

Six-plus minutes later, Angeli threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Faison.

In the fourth quarter, Notre Dame’s Gi’Bran Payne was stopped at the Oregon State 1-yard line on fourth down to turn the ball over to the Beavers.

On the next play, Oregon State’s Isaiah Newell couldn’t make it out of the end zone as the Fighting Irish added a safety with 11:24 remaining. Notre Dame then increased the lead to 33-0 on Angeli’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Love en route to finishing off the win.

Notre Dame limited the Beavers to 103 total yards while taking a 14-0 halftime advantage.

The Fighting Irish moved ahead when Angeli tossed an 8-yard scoring pass to Thomas with 6:47 left in the first quarter.

Price’s 1-yard run with 27 seconds left in the half gave Notre Dame the 14-point margin.

–Field Level Media

Oct 21, 2023; Eugene, Oregon, USA; A view of the PAC-12 field logo before the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State, Wazzu reach settlement with exiting Pac-12 schools

The 10 departing members of the Pac-12 reached a settlement agreement with remaining schools Oregon State and Washington State to end litigation related to control of the conference.

As part of the deal announced Thursday, the exiting schools will give up some of their 2023-24 revenue, cede future control of league assets and agree to language against future litigation.

The sides reached an accord in the wake of the state of Washington’s Supreme Court decision last week that chose not to revisit a lower court’s ruling that gave control of the Pac-12 board of directors to the remaining schools.

Oregon State president Jayathi Murthy and Washington State president Kirk Schulz issued a joint statement on the matter Thursday.

“Today’s news marks a huge victory for our universities and a significant step toward stabilizing the Pac-12 Conference and preserving its 108-year legacy,” the statement read in part.

The latest news provides an additional measure of security for the two schools, particularly as it relates to potentially keeping the Pac-12 brand alive.

The two schools previously reached a scheduling agreement with the Mountain West Conference to play six Mountain West teams in football next fall, and more recently, secured an agreement with the West Coast Conference to host most of the rest of their sports.

But neither of those deals are long-term in nature, and the NCAA allows a conference a two-year grace period to continue to exist below the normal required seven active members.

Much speculation to this point has centered on a “reverse merger” wherein the entirety of the Mountain West schools would join the Pac-12, though Oregon State and Washington State now have additional time to weigh that proposal against other options.

–Field Level Media

Dec 1, 2023; Las Vegas, NV, USA; The Pac-12 Conference logo at midfield at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Washington St., Oregon St. regain control of Pac-12 board

The Washington Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by the University of Washington and the Pac-12 on Friday, giving control of the Pac-12 board and the conference’s assets back to Oregon State and Washington State.

The state Supreme Court’s decision lifted a temporary stay that had halted a decision by the Whitman County (Wash.) Superior Court to award control to the two schools.

Oregon State and Washington State will remain in control until the case is settled or goes to trial.

“We are pleased with the Washington Supreme Court’s decision today,” Oregon State president Jayathi Murthy and Washington State president Kirk Schulz said in a joint statement. “We look forward to continuing our work of charting a path forward for the conference that is in the best interest of student-athletes and our wider university communities.”

In a joint statement earlier this week, Oregon State and Washington State — whose football scheduling agreement with the Mountain West met with unanimous approval — stopped a scheduled distribution of millions to all Pac-12 member schools, saying that departing schools should not receive conference money.

The 10 schools leaving the Pac-12 are concerned that Oregon State and Washington State could withhold all conference revenue for this season while those 10 schools are still part of the league.

Washington State and Oregon State believed the 10 departing members gave up their rights to be members of the board and make decisions affecting the conference once they announced their intentions to leave. Another concern for Washington State and Oregon State involved the exiting schools possibly voting to dissolve the Pac-12 and divvy up the assets.

–Field Level Media

The Golden Hat Trophy is raised after the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. Oklahoma won 34-30.

Red River, Civil War rivalry games getting extended

One major college football rivalry got extended and another is reportedly on the verge amid the changing landscape of schools switching conferences heading into the 2024 season.

Texas and Oklahoma announced the extension of their Red River Rivalry through the 2036 season. Both are jumping to the SEC next year but their annual game will continue to be played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

Out west, the move to preserve the Civil War game between Oregon and Oregon State is nearing completion, Pac-12 insider John Canzano reported Wednesday. Only moving forward, that game will now be a nonconference game with the departure of the Ducks to the Big Ten beginning in 2024.

Oregon will travel to Corvallis next year with Oregon State playing in Eugene in 2025, per the report. The agreement involved the shuffling of games involving multiple schools in 2024, per the report.

The Red River Rivalry dates to 1900 while the Civil War began in 1894.

Washington and Washington State previously announced that their rivalry, the Apple Cup, will continue despite the Huskies’ jump to the Big Ten in 2024.

–Field Level Media

Sep 23, 2023; Pullman, Washington, USA; Oregon State Beavers quarterback DJ Uiagalelei (5) is stopped by Washington State Cougars defensive end Ron Stone Jr. (10) in the second half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Mountain West finalizes agreement with Oregon State, Washington State

The Mountain West Conference, Oregon State, Washington State and the Pac-12 have reached a football scheduling an agreement for the 2024 season.

The MWC announced the agreement on Friday.

Next season, the 12 Mountain West teams will play seven games against conference opponents plus one against either Oregon State or Washington State. The Beavers and Cougars were looking to fill out their schedules next season, when 10 schools leave the Pac-12 for other conferences.

“This is a unique and unprecedented opportunity for Oregon State and Washington State to play against highly competitive Mountain West football programs in 2024,” Mountain West commissioner Gloria Nevarez said in a news release. “The scheduling agreement will expand the Mountain West footprint and enhance our national brand, while providing our student-athletes with new opportunities, all in line with our strategic priorities. The scheduling agreement strengthens the league’s non-conference schedules, and we look forward to having Oregon State and Washington State be a part of the 2024 slate.”

The two remaining Pac-12 schools will not be eligible to play for the Mountain West championship, and results will not count toward the conference standings.

The Mountain West did not release any contract terms, but a report from Yahoo Sports this week said the conference would receive a fee of about $14 million for its part in the scheduling agreement.

At this time, the scheduling partnership applies only to football. Yahoo reported talks are in progress for a potential scheduling agreement for men’s and women’s basketball, and the two Pac-12 schools are discussing affiliate memberships with leagues for other sports.

The Mountain West consists of Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming. Hawaii is a participant in football.

UNLV (9-3, 6-2 MWC) will host Boise State (7-5, 6-2) on Saturday in the Mountain West championship game.

–Field Level Media

Nov 11, 2023; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Oregon State Beavers running back Damien Martinez (6) runs with the ball for a touchdown during the first half against the Stanford Cardinal at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State’s Damien Martinez out of bowl game after arrest

Oregon State running back Damien Martinez will not play in the team’s upcoming bowl game following his arrest on DUI charges.

“We are aware of the alleged law violations involving Damien Martinez and take these matters very seriously,” athletic director Scott Barnes said in a statement released Thursday night. “Damien will not be participating in the upcoming bowl game and we will continue to gather more information about the investigation.”

Martinez was pulled over for allegedly speeding in Corvallis, Ore., on Wednesday and subsequently cited for DUI and possession of marijuana by a minor.

Martinez addressed his situation in a post on social media Thursday.

“Made a mistake, I am fine, I WAS FINE, I’ll be fine…” Martinez, a sophomore from Lewisville, Texas, wrote.

The No. 20 Beavers were 8-4 in the regular season, and Martinez led them in rushing with 1,185 yards, good for second in the Pac-12. He scored nine touchdowns.

Oregon State will learn its bowl destination on Sunday.

–Field Level Media