Game at OSU is musical quarterbacks


Oregon State's football program is gaining one quarterback and likely losing another.

Jared Jones, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound senior transfer from Florida State who redshirted last fall, evidently will not remain with the program.

Jones, an outfielder in the Seattle Mariners chain who played for rookie league in Peoria, Ariz., last season, is expected to stick to baseball and not play for the Beavers next fall. Since the starting QB job is sophomore-to-be Derek Anderson's to lose, Jones didn't like his odds of getting significant playing time this fall.

'I haven't talked to Jared,' OSU coach Dennis Erickson says. 'He is still in school, but from what I am hearing, he is probably not going to play football.'

The quarterback Erickson signed last week Ñ 6-2, 205-pound Anton Clarkson from Venice (Calif.) High Ñ threw for 5,497 yards and 55 touchdowns in 1999 and 2000 but didn't play last season because of an academic tie-up. Clarkson learned late in his senior year that he was short a core class, so he didn't graduate from high school and won't until this spring.

Clarkson Ñ whose father, Steve, played for Erickson when he was an assistant at San Jose State Ñ was headed to Mount San Antonio (Calif.) JC this fall.

Erickson, who didn't have a quarterback in this year's recruiting class after Arizona's Kellen Bradley decommitted to sign with Arizona State, got in touch with Clarkson and decided to offer him a scholarship.

'He is fundamentally sound and has a big-time arm,' Erickson says. 'He is a really talented kid.'

Clarkson is likely to redshirt this season. The 6-6, 245-pound Anderson begins spring drills April 2 as the starter, with 6-5, 220 junior Shayne House his backup. House is recovering from shoulder surgery; Erickson says he expects him to be 'pretty close to 100 percent' by the time spring workouts begin.

• Caller says he ordered a $5 game ticket for the Mariners-Dodgers exhibition at Safeco Field on March 31 and paid more than that in handling fees. I checked with Ticketmaster and learned that the customer must pay a $2.72 'convenience charge' per ticket and a $2.50 ordering/processing fee per order. Thus, a $5 ticket costs you an extra $5.22, for a total of $10.22. Turns a good deal into a rip-off pretty quickly, doesn't it?

• While visiting his mother in Corvallis, ESPN's Harold Reynolds attended the Oregon-Washington basketball game at McArthur Court in Eugene. 'The Pit has to be the greatest place in the country to watch a college game,' Reynolds says. 'It's electric.'

Harold's older brother, Donnie, has landed a job as minor-league roving hitting coach for the Montreal Expos. The Portland resident served as the team's assistant to the general manager-pro scouting last season.

• UCLA coach Steve Lavin on Ducks Freddie Jones, Luke Ridnour and Luke Jackson: 'Those three perimeter players probably are as skilled and gifted as any in the West.' Question: Why can't Lavin, with tradition and location on his side, recruit those kind of players?

• Baker Dunleavy, the son of Mike Dunleavy and younger brother of Mike Dunleavy Jr., is going to get a chance to play college ball. Baker, a 6-5 senior guard at Lawrenceville (N.J.) Prep School, has attracted interest from Penn, Fairfield, Texas and Villanova, among others.

'He has had a good year, and he is going to play somewhere next year,' Mike Dunleavy says.

The senior Dunleavy, incidentally, already has been contacted by three NBA teams about head-coaching opportunities next season. He will land somewhere.

• George Wasch is a broadcasting legend. The longtime executive producer-director of Blazer Broadcasting, who turns 70 in October, probably will retire from full-time duties next year, his 50th in the business.

The Grant High graduate began at KPTV in 1953, the first year the television station was on the air, and started full time with the Blazers in 1978. He was in charge when the Blazers moved their radio and television broadcasting in-house in the early '80s.

'It has gone by so darn fast and has been such a terrific career,' Wasch says. 'After next year, I'll cut back and do less but still serve in some capacity.'

• Brian Wheeler isn't losing weight as fast as he had hoped, but the Blazers' radio play-by-play man continues with diligence the workout program he began at the start of the season.

'I'm probably down about 15 pounds,' Wheeler says, 'and the mere fact I've lost anything is an accomplishment. The last six or seven seasons, I gained 20 or 30 pounds a season. I'm feeling better, and I'm smarter about fitness than I ever was before.'

• Former Oregon and NFL quarterback Chris Miller has been named head coach at South Eugene High. Miller, 36, has never been a head coach, though he has served as an assistant at Sheldon, Churchill and Marist over the past five years. Among those who will serve on Miller's staff is ex-Duck running back Dino Philyaw.

• Scratch those plans for another indoor pro football team in Oregon. The Eugene Mercury, who were supposed to begin play in the National Indoor Football League this spring, have bowed out because of financial setbacks and difficulty arranging a rental agreement to play at the Lane County Fairgrounds.

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