Associate AD out at OSU — Zach Nyborg, associate athletic director for football at Oregon State since December 2014, has not been retained in the transition to new head coach Jonathan Smith, the university announced Wednesday. Nyborg’s responsibilities with the OSU football program included roster management, team scheduling and travel and the program’s budget. He was also involved with the $42 million expansion of the Valley Football Center.
Former SMU and NFL coach Ron Meyer dies — Ron Meyer, the football coach behind SMU’s famed “Pony Express” and the NFL’s infamous “Snowplow Game” between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins, has died at the age of 76. Meyer died Tuesday in Austin, Texas. His SMU Mustangs, led by running backs Eric Dickerson and Craig James, turned a middling program into a Southwest Conference champion that wound up getting the NCAA’s “death penalty” ruling for cheating. His order to have a stadium snowplow driver clear a spot for the game-winning field goal against the Dolphins in 1982 is legendary. Meyer spent two and a half seasons with the Patriots. He also coached the Colts from 1986 to 1991.
Oregon State coach honored — Nate Yeskie, longtime pitching coach at Oregon State, has been named pitching coach of the year by Collegiate Baseball. The OSU pitching staff posted a school-record 1.93 ERA in 2017, a mark that led the nation by more than half a run. The Beavers’ program-record 56 wins included 14 shutouts, and three Oregon State pitchers received all-America recognition. Yeskie also received the honor in 2013 and is the first to receive it twice since the award was first presented in 2003.
Proposed site for A’s ballpark falls through — The Athletics’ proposed site for a new ballpark near an Oakland community college has fallen through, leaving the club to explore other options as it makes a new venue top priority. A statement from the board of the Peralta Community College District said it had directed the chancellor to discontinue talks about a possible ballpark near Laney College. A’s President Dave Kaval and his team had considered this the top spot and had engaged in conversations with community members, officials and business owners in the area in hopes of building a privately financed ballpark to open as soon as 2023.
— From staff and wire reports