Born and raised in Oakland, California, Payton played high school basketball at Skyline High School, along with former NBA player Greg Foster, and headed north in 1986 to attend Oregon State University in Corvallis. In his sophomore year of high school, his grades plummeted and he was declared academically ineligible. His dad encouraged him to focus on school, and he was allowed to play again. Throughout his four-year career at Oregon State, he became one of the most decorated basketball players in school history.
During his senior season in 1989–90, Payton was featured in the cover story of Sports Illustrated on March 5 as the nation’s best college basketball player. He was a consensus All-American, a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, and both the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and conference Freshman of the Year in 1987. He was the MVP of the Far West Classic tournament three times, the Pac-10 Player of the Week nine times, and named to the Pac-10’s All-Decade Team. At the time of his graduation, Payton held the school record for points, field goals, three-point field goals, assists, and steals – all of which he still holds today except for career three-point field goals. During his career at OSU, the Beavers made three NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT appearance. He was elected into OSU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
The 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament began on Friday, June 1, 2018, as part of the 2018 NCAA Division I baseball season. The 64-team, double-elimination tournament concluded with the 2018 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, starting on June 16 and ended on June 28. Oregon State defeated Arkansas in the best-of-three final series to win the championship.
The Beavers compete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) for college football) level as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Oregon State’s mascot is Benny the Beaver. Both the men’s and women’s teams share the name, competing in 7 NCAA Division I men’s sports and 10 NCAA Division I women’s sports respectively. The official colors for the athletics department are Beaver Orange (Pantone 165), black, and white.
College Sports Established
Oregon State University
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1915 – 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
2010 – Present / PAC 12 Conference
1978 – 2010 / Pacific 10
1964 – 1978 / Pacific 8
1958 – 1964 / Independent
1915 – 1958 / Pacific Coast Conference
Beavers – In the early days of the institution, Oregon State University’s athletic teams were known as the Aggies. When orange uniforms replaced the drab sweatshirt gray and tan jerseys, the teams were referred to as the Orangemen.
In 1916 the school yearbook was renamed “The Beaver” and the name Beaver became associated with the school. It is believed the press also had some influence in changing the name, particularly L.H. Gregory of The Oregonian newspaper. The name gained instant popularity among alumni and students.
The Beaver is the state’s official animal.
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