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Oregon State Beavers

The OSU Beavers Football team represents Oregon State University in NCAA Division I-A college football. The team first fielded an organized football team in 1893 and is currently a member of the Pacific-12 Conference. The head coach is Mike Riley, with Danny Langsdorf as the offensive coordinator and Mark Banker as the defensive coordinator. Their home games are played at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.

Origins

Football at Oregon State University started in 1893 shortly after athletics were initially authorized at the college. Athletics were banned at prior May 1892, but when the strict school president Benjamin Arnold died, President John Bloss reversed the ban. Bloss's son William started the first team, on which he served as both coach and quarterback. The team's first game was an easy 63-0 defeat over the home team, Albany College.

Conference history

The university has been in several athletic conferences. These include the Northwest Intercollegiate Association (1902–1914), the Pacific Coast Conference (1915–1958), and the Pacific-12 Conference (1964–present). Prior to 1902, and in-between the Pacific Coast Conference and Pacific-12 Conference (then called the Pacific-8 Conference), OSU played as an independent school.