SCORESHEET/BY STEVE BRANDON/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/A look at the Taggart move, plus Oregon State football news and more notes on local sports


Other media are asking if I am going to stay and write another "Scoresheet" column.

In the immortal words of Willie "Say Hey Tallahassee" Taggart, why wouldn't I?

Speaking of Mr. One and Done at Oregon, I'm sure he's just as excited today about the Ducks' Dec. 16 Las Vegas Bowl game against Boise State as he was over the weekend.

Willie, have a great time at Florida State if you want to — and obviously you wanted to.

Can't blame you for wanting.

Can't blame any Oregon Ducks fans, though, who think every "O" you flashed on social media was for zero real long-term commitment from their now-former coach. Gary Andersen lasted 18 more games than you in his Pac-12 stop.

Now it's Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens' turn to recruit.

Jon Gruden, where are you?

And now — because I am lacking my own multi-million-dollar offer yet from Florida State — it's my turn to post a Tuesday rundown of some other local sports happenings and items:


Hard to say which was more surprising — the Trail Blazers losing 106-92 to a previously lifeless Washington NBA team at Moda Center, of all places, or the Portland Winterhawks, who have been ranked second in the Canadian Junior Hockey League, falling 5-3 on the road to the Vancouver Giants.

I'll go with the Blazers, largely for giving up 51 points to Bradley Beal, the most points ever scored by a Portland opponent at Moda or Memorial Coliseum. That's 47 seasons. Including Michael Jordan and Lew Alcindor, who got 49 with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1972, matching the previous high set by the Atlanta Hawks' Lou Hudson in 1970.

The Wizards had lost the night before at Utah, 116-69.


Jesuit High running back Trey Lowe has been picked to play in the 18th U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The game is Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. It will be televised live by NBA at 10 a.m. PT. The game features 100 top high school football players in an East vs. West format.


First-round matchups are set for the Les Schwab Invitational. The annual prep boys basketball tournament is Dec. 27-30 at Liberty High.

The Dec. 27 lineup:

9 a.m. — Jefferson vs. Lakeridge

10:30 a.m. — West Linn vs. Oregon City

Noon — Grant vs. Lake Oswego

1:30 p.m. — Beaverton vs. West Salem

4 p.m. — Crespi (Encino, Calif.) vs. Jesuit

5:30 a.m. — Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) vs. South Eugene

7 p.m. — Barlow vs. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)

8:30 p.m. — Clackamas vs. Southridge

The final session will have the third-place game at 7 p.m. and the title match at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30.

A tournament pass to all 32 games and the slam dunk contest is $80. For information on other ticket options and more, go to


ESPN's Ryan McGee, concocting his Bottom 10 (the 10 worst teams in the country), had Oregon State (done for the year at 1-11) at No. 4, ahead of only No. 1 Texas-El Paso (0-12), No. 2 Rice (1-11) and No. 3 Kansas (1-11).

New OSU coach Jonathan Smith's first game? It's Sept. 1 at Ohio State, which at that point still might be smarting from not getting picked for this year's College Football Playoff.

But then come winnable games for OSU, at home against Southern Utah and at Nevada. Could the Smith Era start 2-1?

In the not-easy department, Smith will face the team he just left, Washington, at Husky Stadium on Nov. 17 — six days before the Civil War in Corvallis versus Oregon. Not the best way to end an inaugural regular season.

• Brings back memories of the 1967 OSU "Giant Killers": Oregon State and Purdue have agreed to play Sept. 4, 2021 at West Lafayette, Indiana, in a season opener and Sept. 21, 2024 at Reser Stadium.

The only time these teams have met in football came on Oct. 21, 1967, when coach Dee Andros' team shocked the No. 2-ranked Boilermakers, 22-14.

• OSU linebacker Manase Hungalu is one of five finalists for Polynesian College Football Player of the Year.

The others are Washington State defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa, Washington defensive lineman Vita Vea, Hawaii linebacker Jahlani Tavai and Virginia Tech linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the award in 2014.

Hungalu is from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He had 97 tackles this season.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and the award will be presented at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner on Friday, Jan. 19.


UCLA and its new coach, Chip Kelly, will play at Oregon on Nov. 3. Must-see TV. The Bruins don't have OSU on their 2018 slate, and they will open at home against Cincinnati on Sept. 1, then visit Oklahoma — ouch, but in just his second game, Kelly won't yet have anyone expecting a win, so there's little for UCLA to lose in that one, really.


Alabama football coach Nick Saban's lobbying, or whatever worked with the College Football Playoff committee, got him a $200,000 bonus now that the Crimson Tide have been picked for the final four.

If his team knocks off Clemson in the semifinals, Saban will be due another $300,000. If Alabama wins the national title, add another $400,000 to that.


Oregon is getting to host another national golf championship.

The USGA is moving the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship from Chambers Bay in Washington Bandon Dunes in Southern Oregon.

Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open to some controversy, has been ruled out because of a "turfgrass transition project" from fescue to poa annua greens. It will play host to the team event in 2021.

Bandon Dunes also is the site of the 2020 U.S. Amateur.

The Four-Ball will be played May 25-29, 2019, and include 128 two-player teams.

Which courses at Bandon Dunes will be used won't be announced until later.

The inaugural U.S. Women's Four-Ball took place at Bandon Dunes in 2015, and was played on the Pacific Dunes course.


Oregon State senior outside hitter Mary-Kate Marshall also made the Pacific North All-Region team, and Beavers setter Kylee McLaughlin was named Freshman of the Year.

Senior outside hitter Taylor Agost from Clackamas High and sophomore middle blocker Ronika Stone represent Oregon on the all-region honorable mention list.


• The Portland Winterhawks are at the Everett Silvertips, 7 p.m.

• Coach Terry Porter's Portland Pilots men play host to Cal State Fullerton in a 7 p.m. nonleague men's basketball game.

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