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Skipper returning with the Hornets.

Byline: Bob Rodman The Register-Guard

The Skipper connection is going to plug itself into Thursday's Oregon State-Sacramento State football game at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

On the Sacramento State coaching staff is Tim Skipper, a former all-Western Athletic Conference linebacker at Fresno State.

Tim Skipper, an assistant in charge of defensive backs for the Hornets, is the brother of Kelly Skipper, the one-time Churchill High School football star in Eugene.

Kelly Skipper, now the running backs coach at Washington State, was the offensive coordinator at UCLA in 2001 and was an assistant at Fresno State - his alma mater - for nine years. He was an all-Big West Conference running back as a senior at Fresno. His position coach was new Sacramento State coach Steve Mooshagian.

Tim and Kelly are the sons of Jim Skipper, currently an assistant coach in charge of running backs with the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Among his college coaching stops was Oregon, where he was an assistant in 1980-82 for then-UO head coach Rich Brooks.

Jim Skipper came close to being hired as the Sacramento State head football coach last winter. Mooshagian, an assistant coach with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals with college coaching stops at Pittsburgh, Nevada and Fresno State, got the job.

From Beaver to buzz

Josh Farrell, a 5-11, 200-pound sophomore tailback, spent two years at Oregon State before transferring to Sacramento State after last season.

A redshirt in 2001, Farrell played in all 13 of OSU's games in 2002 and currently is a backup to the Hornets' starting tailback, Tyrone Gross.

"Josh has given us good insight on the (OSU) personnel," Mooshagian said, "and I think he's pretty anxious to play."

Off injured list

Jason Fyda, a 6-foot-3, 278-pound sophomore center from Corona, Calif., who sustained a neck injury during OSU's fall camp, has recovered and returned to his No. 2 position on the depth chart.

Tickets available

Oregon State officials said on Tuesday that approximately 1,200 reserved-seat tickets - at $33 each - remain for Thursday 7 p.m. season opener against Sacramento State.

To purchase tickets, call 1-800-472-3287 during regular business hours or go online at www.osubeavers.com.

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Date:Aug 27, 2003
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