Oregon co-offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo often refers to “corner-office decisions.”
Who is going to start at quarterback? Which players will redshirt? Those are questions that Arroyo defers to the coach with the big office.
It sounds different at Oregon State, where Gary Andersen seems to let personnel decisions be determined in the middle of the hallway.
Highly-touted freshman wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins, who ranks second on the team with 17 catches for 156 yards and one touchdown, did not play in Saturday’s 42-7 loss to Washington.
“You’d have to ask Kevin McGiven that and coach (Jason) Phillips, the passing game coordinator, the offensive coordinator,” Andersen said of Hodgins’ absence. “I have no idea.”
It seems bizarre that the head coach wouldn’t know why his No. 2 receiver didn’t suit up, but pressed on the issue Tuesday, Andersen insisted he’s “a big believer in position control, those guys know where they’re at.”
Andersen sounds more and more likely to change his offensive coordinator next season — or sooner — unless there’s drastic improvement from a unit averaging 17.8 points in its four games against FBS teams, all losses.
It doesn't get easier Saturday, when the Beavers visit No. 14 USC at 1 p.m.
OSU needed a touchdown from Hodgins in the final two minutes for its lone victory against winless Portland State
At least that victory kept the fans at Reser until the end. In four losses, Oregon State has trailed entering the fourth quarter by 14, 20, 19 and 28 points.
“I don’t desire anyone fired,” former OSU tight end Tim Euhus, a strong supporter of the Beavers, posted on Twitter. “These are people’s lives and jobs. However, I would like to watch a competitive full game.”
Euhus’ support of retaining Andersen seems to be a declining view from Beaver fans, according to The Oregonian’s Ken Goe.
“As I read the fan base, people fall into one of three camps: angry, resigned or those who simply have lost interest,” Goe wrote. “All three options are bad.”
When Thomas Tyner returned from two years away to join the Beavers and Trevorris Johnson transferred from TCU, some OSU fans felt they might have the best collection of running backs in the nation along with Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce. Oregon State is eighth in the Pac-12 with 130.2 rushing yards per game.
Nall, who ran 31 times for 155 yards and four touchdowns during a 34-24 victory over Oregon last year, averages 12.4 carries and 68.2 yards per game. Tyner has battled injuries that kept him out of two games and limited him to 15 carries, although that’s one more than Johnson.
While Andersen is likely to make staff changes, he seems secure to return next year with a contract extension signed through 2021. However, if the Beavers go winless in Pac-12 play for the second time in his three seasons, his corner office will feature a hot seat entering next year.