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BEAVERS NOTES: Oregon State staff getting raises

SAN ANTONIO — All sorts of info heading into Saturday’s Alamo Bowl matchup between Oregon State and Texas ...

• When the Mike Riley-to-Wisconsin rumors came flying through a few weeks ago, Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis had already taken steps to prevent his football coaches’ departure.

That is coaches, as in plural.

De Carolis is in the process of providing raises for Riley’s entire staff that will provide a 15- to-18 percent annual raise. Each coach was make at least $25,000 more a year.

Based on figures provided prior to the 2011 season, Riley’s nine assistant coaches now make between an estimated $125,000 and $250,000 except Banker, whose annual take is now close to $400,000.

“After the (regular) season, we knew there would be (coaching) movement happening nationally,” De Carolis said Friday. “One of Mike’s main goals was to put a significant pool of money together to keep the staff intact. We’ve already done that. We haven’t got all the paperwork through, but that’s what happened.”

Riley made $1.3 million plus incentives (maximum $360,000) this season, making him the lowest-paid head coach in the Pac-12. Written into his contract is a rollover year every time the Beavers make a bowl game, so it will now extend through 2020.

Defensive coordinator Mark Banker and special-teams coach Bruce Read are the only assistants on multi-year contracts. De Carolis said there have been discussions about extending deals for other coaches as well.

“It’s about stability,” De Carolis said. “We have a good group of coaches who like Mike and like it in Corvallis, but other schools are going to come after them. Before they come after them, we want to say (to the assistants), ‘We appreciate you and we want you to stay.’ "

De Carolis said the raises will go into effect July 1.

Texas’ Mack Brown, incidentally, has a salary that calls for him to be paid $5.2 million with $850,000 in bonuses this year.

• Ironically, during Friday’s “Valero Alamo Bowl Kickoff Luncheon,” Brown brought up the subject of Riley’s compensation at Oregon State.

Offering high praise for his peer, Brown called Riley “as classy as any coach in the country. He has stayed (at Oregon State) when he has had chances to leave many times. All I can say is, Oregon State ought to give him a raise.”

• The rumor that a private jet was sent from Madison to Corvallis for Badger officials to meet with Riley earlier this month? Not true.

Riley’s name probably got associated with Wisconsin’s coaching search because he was suggested as a worthy candidate by Paul Chryst, Riley’s offensive coordinator for several years at OSU who served the same position at Wisconsin and is just completing his first season as head coach at Pittsburgh. It got no further than that.

• The coaches exchanged gifts at the podium during Friday’s luncheon. Brown presented Riley with a set of spurs. Riley got a chuckle from the audience when he began, “I have a home-grown gift for Mack ...”

Turned out to be nothing illegal. Riley handed Brown a myrtlewood bowl.

• Multiple sources identified juniors Jordan Hicks, a linebacker, and Case McCoy, a quarterback, as the Texas players being investigated by San Antonio police for sexual assault after an incident early Friday morning.

San Antonio police were called to a hotel early Friday morning in response to an alleged sexual assault involving a 21-year old female who said she had been drinking at a club and had invited two Longhorn players back to her hotel room. She suffered bruising on her knee and biceps and was taken to a nearby hospital.

During a Friday press conference, Brown opened his remarks by saying two players had been suspended and sent back to Austin for violation of team rules, but would not identify the players.

Hicks started the first three games at outside linebacker but missed the rest of the season with a hip injury and wasn’t going to play in Saturday’s game. McCoy — younger brother of Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy — backed up starter David Ash most of the season, though he started the regular-season finale against Kansas State when Ash was sidelined with a rib injury.

• If you see more hair peaking out from beneath Cody Vaz’s helmet than before during Saturday’s game, it’s by design.

The junior quarterback hasn’t cut his hair since May and is exhibiting long, wavy, dark locks with bangs hanging down into his eyes.

“I was planning on growing out the hair, and in the middle of it, I bet my girlfriend I won’t cut it until I walk for graduation in June,” Vaz said. “I’ll pull it back when it gets long enough, but I’m not going to cut it again until then.”

• Vaz said the strong relationship between him and now understudy Sean Mannion hasn’t changed since the announcement Vaz would start in the Alamo Bowl.

“We’re both competitive guys,” Vaz said. “Both of us want to play. He’s disappointed, but I would be, too. It hasn’t changed anything between us.”

• Markus Wheaton spent many of his formative years in Dallas — from age 1 to 8 — and became enamored of Texas in middle school when the Longhorns were winning the Rose Bowl in 2004 and ‘05.

“I was a big Texas fan when they went against USC in the (‘05) Rose Bowl,” Wheaton said. “Loved Vince Young and all those guys. They never recruited me, though, and that was fine. I wanted to stay on the West Coast.”

• The Longhorns showed some interest in Oregon State running back Storm Woods, but only fleetingly so.

“It was for a short time,” said the OSU freshman from Pflugerville, Texas, where he was a prep teammate of Texas D-end Alex Okafor, two years Woods’ senior. “I don’t remember who came up to the high school and watched me for like two practices, but that was it. They never offered me (a scholarship).”

Woods was a Texas A&M fan, and the Aggies did offer a ride. He still chose the Beavers.

“I like the pro-style offense,” Woods said. “I felt coming out of high school, I could do more than run the ball. I could catch passes. I could block, though it needed to be polished.

“Then I looked at how (Jacquizz Rodgers) grew with Coach Riley — Coach Riley took Quizz under his wing. And they run the ball a lot. What better way to get established when a college offense asks me to do all three things you need in the NFL?”

• Oregon State’s quarterbacks during the Riley era have been mostly straight drop-back quarterbacks with little ability to run. The only one quarterback on OSU’s current recruiting list is Khari McGee, a 6-2, 200-pound Fresno, Calif., native who can run as well as he can throw.

Though coaches can’t refer specifically to players, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf will say this: “The quarterbacks we have in our program now are all pretty much pro-style guys. We don’t think it’s a bad idea to sign a quarterback who has different skills than the rest.”

With offers only from OSU and Arizona, McGee still hasn’t made a verbal commitment. If he hasn’t by the time the next recruiting period opens on Jan. 4, the Beavers have a couple of other potential QBs in mind.

“We’re always looking at a better way to do things,” Langsdorf said. “If we can find a kid who can do both (run and pass), it’s a bonus, but we always need a thrower first.

“It’s wise to study and evolve and look at what we’re doing. Our base philosophy is a pro-style system. We run a lot of the same things we’ve been running for 10-11 years, but we’ve also tweaked them many times and changed formations, and we’ll continue to do that. If it means adding some spread elements to it, we’ll explore that, too.”

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