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December 6, 2013

Round Table - The Big Picture

The final day of the BeaverBlitz.com Round Table Series focuses on Oregon State Football's "Big Picture". The Big Picture includes finishing football facilities, expanding season tickets holders, and working with the University to ensure a partnership for the future.

The rear view mirror shows unprecedented progress since the turn of the century. Projects like the Traux Indoor Facility, the Athlete Performance Center, Parking Garage, the OSU Store, and two-thirds of Reser Stadium have emerged from the dirt. It shadows the accumulation of all football facility projects in the prior 100 years.

A winning football program helped make many things possible. The Athletic Department, Football Coaches, and Fans followed a united vision toward building a football-foundation that is more permanent and profitable.

The football program is close to fulfilling that vision with two major projects scheduled.

The Big Picture at Oregon State includes renovating the Valley Center Football Facility and completing the West Grandstands. Bob DeCarolis tentatively has the projects launching in 2015 and 2020 respectively.

There's urgency to finish infrastructure projects since all of the teams in the Pac-12 North are finishing or engaging in projects of their own. Reser Stadium's East Grandstands are still among the best in the entire Pac-12, but other programs are catching up or completing final phases.

The Big Picture is just as critical as the NCAA plans major transformations in the coming years. NCAA discussions around a 64 program "league" is gaining a foothold. This is partially because student-athlete stipends are a likely course of action. Being on the bubble is a dangerous place. Oregon State would make the cut today, but other programs are catching up with the progress made since 2000.

As Mike Riley focuses on his mission to play for a Pac-12 Championship, the Athletic Department and University need to support him by completing their mission to being the best (not the biggest) in the Pac-12. That should be the united roadmap from Ed Ray to Bob DeCarolis to Mike Riley and everyone who supports the program.

In today's Round Table, we will focus on how the Oregon State Football Program can ensure the capital projects are launched on time. In addition we're looking for a pulse on Oregon State's fans.

In today's Round Table we dig into the details of the Big Picture and get a pulse on Beaver Nation's feelings about it.

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BeaverBlitz.com Round Tables
Monday: The Oregon State Offense
Tuesday: The Oregon State Defense
Wednesday: Oregon State Special Teams
Thursday: Oregon State Recruiting
Friday: The Big Picture - Facilities, Revenue, and Beyond...


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