Andros still keeps sights on Civil War
- Kerry Eggers
- Portland Tribune - Sports
Civil War week is important to some people. Then there's Dee Andros.
It was 'The Great Pumpkin' who first proclaimed the Oregon-Oregon State game as being played for 'the right to live in the state of Oregon.'
Andros, 78, always took the intrastate battle seriously.
'When I was hired by Slats (Gill), he told me, 'Dee, be sure and do one thing Ñ beat the Ducks,' ' Andros says. 'I took him at his word.'
Andros won his first seven Civil War games and finished with a 9-2 record in the series.
The former Oregon State coach has had a series of health setbacks in recent years. He suffered a stroke five years ago, then another stroke while undergoing open-heart surgery last November. Days before a reunion of his 1967 'Giant Killers' team last month, he was hospitalized for internal bleeding. Andros got out in time and was escorted around Reser Stadium in a golf cart.
'He would have crawled to that one,' says his wife, Lu. 'He had such a good time.'
Andros walks with difficulty and speaks with a slur, but he hasn't let it slow him down much. His calendar has been full this week, talking to groups about past Civil War contests.
'The doctor told me not to overdo it,' he says, chuckling. 'Immediately, I got four speaking engagements.'
Andros, who will attend Saturday's game, holds optimism for the Beavers.
'I think we got a hell of a shot at it,' he says. 'But I'll guaran-goldarn-tee ya one thing: You can't make mistakes' against the Ducks. 'You can't have interceptions and fumbles. That's what happened at Washington.'
•ÊCorvallis golfer Bob Gilder helped the United States beat a team representing the rest of the globe in the UBS Warburg Cup last weekend at Sea Island, Ga. Gilder won two of his three matches in the Ryder Cup-style competition, which featured players ages 40 to 49 and 50 and over.
•ÊJune Jones has his team on a roll in Hawaii. The Warriors are 8-2 and have clinched a spot in the Hawaii Bowl.
'That's the bowl I would just as soon play in,' says Jones, the ex-Grant High and Portland State standout.
Jones, 49, has another year on his contract with Hawaii, and he might re-up. It's also possible that he will accept an NFL offer that could come along this winter.
'I wouldn't mind ending my career here, but you never say never,' says Jones, who passed on an NFL offer last season. 'I know opportunities are going to present themselves.'
Jones is being joined by his mentor, Mouse Davis, for a couple of weeks. Davis might stay to serve as offensive coordinator for an Arena II League team in Honolulu coached by Cal Lee ÑÊthe brother of former Willamette University coach Tommy Lee.
•ÊFormer NBA guard Scott Brooks was in Corvallis last week, helping the EA Sports All-Stars, a collection of former pros and collegians, past Oregon State 85-76. EA Sports lost close games to the likes of New Mexico and Pepperdine, but Brooks said the Beavers 'look like the best team we have faced thus far.'
A different EA Sports team, one of five, got drilled 132-98 a few days later by Oregon.
The 5-10 Brooks, 37, retired in 1998 after 10 years in the NBA. He was coaching in the ill-fated ABA when it folded recently. He thought he had a chance to land on Maurice Cheeks' staff in Portland this season and hopes to wind up coaching in the NBA some day.
•ÊEx-Portland State basketball coach Joel Sobotka is living in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his father, enjoying the region's mild fall weather and watching a lot of basketball practices.
'I've been to Arizona, Arizona State, New Mexico and the (Phoenix) Suns,' Sobotka says.
Sobotka, who played last week in Curt Schilling's golf tournament for Lou Gehrig's disease, is enjoying spending time with family.
'I want to coach again at some level, but I'm not sure what yet,' Sobotka says. 'I just have to figure out what I want to do next.'