Catching up at the end of a too-short vacation week …

• Scott Spiegelberg has been hired for the new position of director of the Leadership Institute within the Oregon State football program.

Spiegelberg, 60, will work closely with Jay Locey, the program's chief of staff, to help OSU players prepare for their career development path once they graduate.

A quarterback under Dee Andros at OSU in the early 1970s, Spiegelberg had spent 18 months as coordinator of career services for graduate business programs at the university. Prior to that, the former North Medford High great worked as assistant director/college and university relations at Jeld-Wen for 12 years and as executive director of the Beaver Club for eight years.

"Spieg" is a great hire, if for no other reason than the quality of human being he is, along the lines of Locey, head coach Mike Riley and coordinator of support services Gary Beck, all Corvallis natives.

• The longest-tenured sportscaster in Oregon has lost his job.

Scott Lynn, who has been in the state's electronic sports media market since 1980, was laid off Monday by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. Lynn, 59, had been sports director at KPOJ (620 AM) and KEX (1190 AM) for 24 years.

The stations' sports director position has been eliminated, a sign of the times when management believes it can cut costs and get by with part-time or inexperienced help.

Lynn was anything but inexperienced. A seven-time winner of the Oregon Sportscaster of the Year award, he came to Oregon in August 1980 as sports director of KGW (8), working there nine years before moving over to radio. He hired the venerable Joe Becker at KGW in 1985.

"It's been a great 33-year run," Lynn says. "I'm proud of everything I have accomplished over the years. I never stopped giving my absolute best. I wouldn't have done if it I didn't love it."

Lynn was stricken with colon cancer on Christmas night 2008. He is doing well now and is "grateful for the life experiences I wouldn't have had otherwise" since then, including writing a book, "Thornridge: The Perfect Season in Black and White," chronicling the Illinois state high school basketball champions of the early 1970s.

Lynn says he will be "looking for employment," but plans to take at least the next six months off. He has a second book in the works about famous athletes and their childhood heroes.

I've known Lynn for his entire run in Portland. He has always been a professional, a guy who went about his job the right way. I'm hoping he gets hired and his career is extended, because he has more to offer the sports fans of Portland.

• Meanwhile, other changes at KPOJ: Brian Wheeler's show is being expanded effective Monday. "Wheels at Work," which had been from 3-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, will now run from 2-4 p.m. and incorporate the "Beaver Nation Live" hour from 7-8 p.m., which is being discontinued.

Wheeler will have an Oregon State presence on each show, including Riley on Mondays at 2:45 p.m. through the football season. Portland State coach Nigel Burton will have a regular segment at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and Oregon will be represented by either a coach or play on a weekly basis.

There has also been talk about KPOJ picking up the sports talk show hosted by Mike Parker and John Warren from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on Corvallis' KEJO (1240 AM). That would be a drastic improvement over the national Fox Sports show that causes listeners to turn the dial at the first hint of Pat O'Brien's voice.

As for who will host of the Blazers' pre-game and post-game shows on KPOJ next season, "we haven't decided yet," says Dick Vardanega, senior vice president/digital entertainment. Lynn and Jay Allen are possibilities. "We'll come to a conclusion on that over the next month or so," Vardanega says.

• One of eight short films on display during the Northwest Documentaries Festival at McMenamin's Mission Theater on Aug. 23 will feature the great AAU basketball teams sponsored by Claudia's Tavern from 1963-85. Among those who played for Gene Spathas' C-Men over the years were ex-Blazers Dale Schlueter and Greg Smith, Frank "The Flake" Peters, Pudgy Hunt, Jimmy Anderson, Jack Riley and Chuck Rask. The film is co-edited by Teri Danielson and Sonia Halvorson.

• I saw where Donovan McNabb officially retired the other day. Given that his last game was in October 2011, it's about time.

• Then there is Marcus Camby, who recently signed a one-year contract with Houston for the NBA veteran's minimum $1.4 million. Camby, 39, was a free agent after Toronto bought out the remaining two years and $7.5 million on his previous pact. The 6-11 center played 24 games and 250 minutes with New York last season. Talk about stealing money.

• The Portland Timbers have won only eight of 22 matches this season, but they're a point out of second place in the nine-team Western Conference of Major League Soccer. Draws pay.

• Recent British Senior Open champion Mark Wiebe was born in Seaside. Wiebe, 55, is the son of Mack Wiebe, 78, a former all-city player on Jefferson High's 1952 PIL championship team who went on to play at Lewis & Clark and Portland State.

• Two recent quotes disturbed me.

After signing with Miami, Greg Oden said, "There's a lot to be excited about in joining the NBA champions, getting to play with some great players and living in Miami."

I'm not sure the South Beach lifestyle is what Oden needs at this point in his career.

Then there was the comment by LeBron James, who is considering a run at the NBA Players Association presidency.

"I think the union is going backwards, and it's not in a good place right now," James said. "I think my voice could be huge in that situation."

Remember when it was appropriate only to have somebody else say that sort of thing about you?

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