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Oregon State AD Scott Barnes says Reser Stadium renovation project remains on schedule

Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes joined me on the radio show this week to talk about the upcoming football season and the Reser Stadium remodel project.

Listen to the full interview here.

Barnes said the pandemic has not affected the $140 million project, which is expected to be completed in 2023 and improve the west side of the stadium.

“The donors who want to participate in this project are still there,” Barnes said. “None of this has changed.”

On out-of-control athletic department spending nationally:

“We have to get our head around this. It’s not sustainable. We have to find a way to manage it and to course-correct in some form or fashion… it’s something that is not sustainable.”

On potentially trying to make-up the canceled football game with Oklahoma State:

“That final decision hasn’t been made. We’ll look at all the options and make a decision based on what’s available and see what’s there… we don’t want to stray from our model.”

It sounded a lot like Barnes and OSU want to start fresh with a new series.

Barnes also talked about fly fishing in the mountains, his football program, the budget, scheduling the 2020 season and more. It’s a candid listen with an AD who is charged with managing the Beavers’ athletic department.

Listen to more with Scott Barnes here:

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Texas A&M survives potential upset in opener, but needs quick improvements with grueling upcoming schedule

COLLEGE STATION –Ainias Smith provided an early spark for Texas A&M.

Isaiah Spiller and the defense generated the second-half energy that the No. 10 Aggies desperately needed to escape their season opener with a 17-12 win over Vanderbilt.

“A victory is a victory,” A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said, “but all three phases [of the game] didn’t play how I thought we could or how we can.”

In a day filled with upsets and near-upsets from Norman to Baton Rouge, A&M survived despite three lost fumbles — two by senior quarterback Kellen Mond — and also misfired on a fourth-down handoff in the fourth quarter that kept giving the Commodores life.

“We got to protect the football,” Fisher said. “It’s ridiculous.”

Mond finished with 17 of 28 for 189 yards and one touchdown while trying to build chemistry with a group of young receivers.

“He can play much better,” Fisher said, noting that the four-year starter had looked much better in preseason camp.

Spiller provided the offensive boost A&M needed, rushing for 117 yards on eight carries with all but five yards coming in the second half. It was the fifth career 100-yard rushing game for the sophomore, who had runs for 57, 30 and 24 yards.

The A&M defense did the rest, with two key second-half interceptions in the red zone by Demani Richardson and Leon O’Neal. Micheal Clemens sacked Vanderbilt freshman quarterback Ken Seals for an 8-yard loss on third down with A&M clinging to a five-point lead late.

“As a defensive line we wanted to show what we were doing in practice,” Clemens said.

Vanderbilt was forced to punt and A&M killed the clock, with the help of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason.

Senior linebackers Aaron Hansford and Buddy Johnson led the A&M defense

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Braille Energy Systems Inc. Awarded U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule to Officially Become Approved Federal Contractor

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OTTAWA, Sep 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
OTTAWA, Sept. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Braille Energy Systems Inc. (formerly Mincom Capital Inc.) (TSX-V: BES) (“BESI” or the “Company”), announced today that it has received U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) approval under the Federal Government’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) for Industrial Products and Services (MAS Category 335911: Batteries Includes, but not limited to, batteries, chargers, monitoring systems, battery spill containment systems, and all options, parts, and accessories related to these products. Products can be used for rental, emergency, or disaster recovery efforts). Accordingly, BESI is now recognized by the GSA as an approved federal contractor for industrial products and services.

The GSA serves as the acquisition and procurement arm of the federal government, helping public agencies at the federal, state, and local levels access products and services from pre-approved vendors without the lengthy procurement process. Through GSA’s MAS, federal government agencies can now contract directly with BESI and Braille Battery for various battery professional services and solutions.

“This award represents a very important milestone for BESI as we look to expand our footprint into the federal marketplace,” said BESI President and CEO, Lindsay Weatherdon. “Braille Energy Systems is committed to helping government agencies improve their operational performance, so they can further promote improved outcomes for those they serve. Securing GSA MAS approval is well-aligned with this mission as it enables us to partner with government agencies at all levels–federal, state, and local–to deliver industry-leading technology solutions to help government entities meet their goals, improve performance, and better serve the public, without the typical lengthy procurement process.”

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The mission of GSA is to deliver value and savings in real estate, acquisition, technology, and other mission-support

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