Barnhart Comments On Erickson Reports

Nov. 29, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart responded Wednesday to various media reports regarding the future of Football Coach Dennis Erickson.

'Coach Erickson is currently on the road, along with his assistant coaches, recruiting student-athletes to attend Oregon State University,' said Barnhart. 'Coach Erickson will return to Corvallis on Friday and the Beavers will hold their first bowl practice at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.'In addition to the start of bowl practice, Oregon State will have a large number of recruits on campus this weekend.The Beavers will also practice at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The BCS selection show will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Sunday and the Beavers will know which bowl they will be playing in and which opponent they will face.

Barnhart said he has received a call from USC asking for permission to talk to Coach Erickson and that he gave them the okay to contact Erickson.

Barnhart and Erickson have been negotiating a new contract for Erickson. Barnhart said he is confident he will reach an agreement with Coach Erickson within the next few days.

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