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Bowl game benefit, youth served

RYAN KATZ

A BOWL GAME offers plenty of benefits -- it's a reward for the players and program on a successful, winning season. Fans get to travel to someplace warm. The program gets unique exposure on a national stage and more. But perhaps the biggest benefit isn't quite as obvious.

It's about the practices. A bowl team is allowed an extra 15 practices by the NCAA. Put another way, that's an entire extra spring session. The Beavers this year won't get the full benefit of those sessions because the Las Vegas Bowl is played so early in the slate. And Oregon State is currently in the midst of finals week, so the players are off this week. One more day comes off the top...

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