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EGGERS: A good future for this receiver

On a variety of topics in our sporting world ...

• When Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks was chosen by New Orleans in the first round of the recent NFL draft, it brought back memories of a similar scene eight years earlier.

That was when OSU’s Mike Hass was taken by the Saints in the sixth round of the 2006 draft.

One Biletnikoff Trophy winner, and another, from the same school.

“It’s ironic, more than anything else,” Hass says.

Hass’ NFL fortunes were, well, unfortunate. He was waived by the Saints in the final cut, picked up by Chicago and then released again. He spent the next three seasons with the Bears and Seattle, seeing action in three regular-season games but never catching a pass.

The knock on the 6-1, 205-pound Hass was his speed. At Oregon State, it always seemed as if he had “football speed,” and the knack to go above defenders for the reception. Evidently, his skills weren’t good enough for the NFL.

It’s unlikely that will happen with the 5-10, 185-pound Cooks, who put up the fastest 40 time at the NFL combine and will be the burner every team desires.

Cooks will have a veteran quarterback in Drew Brees, who was in his first season with New Orleans during Hass’ time there.

“Brandin will be great,” Hass predicts. “Veteran quarterback, good team, they throw the ball a lot — I can’t see him not being successful.”

• Just over two months ago, it was getting sticky for Tom Maletis and the good folks of Tournament Golf Foundation, who run Portland’s annual

LPGA tournament.

Safeway, chief sponsor of the event for the previous 18 years, was sold to Cerberus and merged with Albertsons, and was no longer interested in providing financial help.

“We were on a mad scramble for nine weeks,” says Maletis, the TGF president. “I have confidence in the product. Our fan base is good. We’ve had great support. My main concern was we were looking for money in a short amount of time.”

What emerged was a presenting sponsor — Cambia Health Solutions — to allow the City of Roses to play host to an LPGA event for the 43rd year. The Portland Classic will be held Aug. 28-31 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, with a purse of $1.3 million, same as last year.

A title sponsor for tournaments on the LPGA Tour must fork over more than $1 million.

“It costs $3 million to $4.5 million to stage an LPGA event,” Maletis says.

Presenting sponsors are more in the low- to mid-six figures. Maletis wouldn’t talk terms for his event, except to reveal that the LPGA chipped in with funding to ensure it takes place.

“I’m really happy with the support the LPGA gave us,” he says, “and there was some financial involvement in that support.”

The agreement with Cambia is for one year.

“I’m not concerned about 2015,” Maletis says. “Because of time constraints, our main goal was to make sure we were able to have this year’s event.

“But (Cambia officials) aren’t into it for just one year. They want to see it be as successful as we do. We’re going to talk about ‘15 and on very shortly.”

Maletis’ real mission will be to procure a title sponsor for next year and beyond. Otherwise, the future of one of the state’s premier annual sporting events is tenuous, as it seemed to be before Cambia stepped up.

• Oregon State women’s coach Scott Rueck is thrilled to have signed point guard Jen’Von’Ta Hill, who averaged 11.3 points and 5.0 assists for Hutchinson (Kan.) College last season.

“She’s exactly what we need,” Rueck says. “She’s a true point guard, a playmaker who has a 2-to-1 assist/turnover ratio. Another stat I like: (The Blue Dragons) lost three games in two years.”

Hill gives Rueck depth in the backcourt with returnees Sydney Wiese, Jamie Weisner, Gabriella Hanson and Ali Gibson, all with starting experience. And the sharpshooting Wiese will be freed up to play more shooting guard.

“We could play (Hill and Wiese) together,” Rueck says. Hill “gives us some options.”

Rueck continues on the recruiting trail. No. 1 on his wish list: 6-1 forward Katie McWilliams, a senior-to-be at South Salem High. The Beavers have also received a verbal agreement from 6-4 center Tarea Green, who will be a senior at Hillsboro High.

• Rueck says he is “a week and a half away” from hiring a replacement for associate head coach Mark Campbell, who left to accept an assistant’s job under new head coach Kelly Graves at Oregon.

Campbell, who had worked all four years at OSU under Rueck, had been promoted to associate head coach last May. Athletic director Bob De Carolis had offered him a raise from $126,000 to the $150,000 salary Campbell will receive at Oregon next season.

Rueck has no comment on Campbell, who had been his Northwest recruiter and also had a key role in scouting opponents for the Beavers. Rueck felt there were no issues between the two during their time working together.

• One more Rueck item: He became acquainted with new OSU men’s coach Wayne Tinkle while recruiting Tinkle’s daughter, Elle, who will be a junior at Gonzaga next season.

“A small-world thing,” Rueck says. “I got to know Wayne a little. From what I know, I’m really impressed. The combination of what he offers has proven effective at Oregon State — sustained success as a head coach, and he sees Corvallis as a destination, not a steppingstone.”

• Not everyone is satisfied with the selection of Tinkle.

Said former OSU All-American Steve Johnson via text while on a vacation trip to Europe: “They took no steps to unite Beaver Nation. If they think a coach can do it with no prior relationship with our rich heritage, they are hoping for a Hail Mary.”

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: L.E. BASKOW - Mike Dunleavy, former Trail Blazers coach, has scored another victory, this one off the court with the sale of his Los Angeles condo.• Former Trail Blazer coach Mike Dunleavy has struck out in his recent bids for another NBA job, but he has done quite well financially.

In 2011, Dunleavy was awarded more than $13 million in salary Clippers owner Donald Sterling — yes, one and the same — had tried not to pay him.

Last month, Dunleavy sold a Los Angeles condo he had purchased in 2012 for $4.5 million for $6.95 million.

Dunleavy, once an investment banker before he got into coaching, always has been shrewd with the coin.

• Nice to see Portland State honor businessman Peter Stott with a retired “number.”

No one has given more to support Vikings athletic than Stott, for whom the football practice field and basketball arena are named. He is chairman of the Viking Pavilion Campaign to build a new 5,000-seat multi-purpose facility at the Stott Center.

Stott’s retired number will be 18, representing the 18-wheel trucks in his career in the trucking industry.

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