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Oregon State is focusing on belt-tightening in this economic climate, Cliff Kirkpatrick writes in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, though the Beavers are trying to avoid dropping sports.
[Athletic director Bob De Carolis] pointed out revenue is down $1 million in its Beaver Athletic Scholarship Fund fund-raising effort for this time of the year to $10 million.
Approximately 1,000 donors have stopped contributing with only 400 new ones replacing them. There is a 12 percent non-renewal rate in season tickets, dropping the level to about 1,200.
Budget issues will be a main focus of the upcoming Pac-10 meetings.
• With coveted recruit Jake Heaps going to BYU, Washington will turn its search for a future quarterback to Jesse Scroggins and Nick Montana, Todd Milles writes in the Tacoma News Tribune.
• The Oregon Daily Emerald has a feature on Mike Bellotti transitioning from the sidelines to athletic director.
• UCLA quarterback Chris Forcier, the brother of Michigan's Tate Forcier, is transferring to Furman, Brian Dohn says in the L.A. Daily News.
• Topps is set to release a Jackie Robinson card in his UCLA football uniform, Adam Rose blogs in the L.A. Times.