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May 27, 2010The Oregon State chapter of the Peter Lalich story came to a close today as Head Coach Mike Riley announced during a conference call that a decision had been made on Lalich's future as a Beaver quarterback. While speculation was fierce following a boating DUI on Lake Shasta during Mother's Day weekend, Riley spent a great deal of time thinking things over before coming to a final decision.
Under the self-imposed Code of Conduct that Oregon State created five years ago, Lalich was facing an automatic 3-game suspension at the very least. However, Riley stated that three games would be detrimental to his continued growth and development as a quarterback and decided it was best that the two part ways.
"I thought about it a long time," Riley said. "Right now it is unclear what Pete is going to do. He may stay and finish his education and he is gathering information on possible locations to transfer."
"I have granted him a blanket release, but he is limited because of his prior transfer," Riley continued. "He could play immediately at a Division III school or he would have to sit out a year if he transferred to a Division I or Division IAA school."
While his ultimate decision was not easy, he said that he never contemplated dragging it out even further.
"It was not necessary for us to do that (wait)," Riley said. "We had the information and I didn't want to delay it for Pete's future."
"I hate anytime we have to eliminate somebody, but with this situation, our goal now is to help him find something that is positive,'' he said. "Right now the staff is working hard to find something good for him. I told him that this doesn't have to be a life-sentence. You take what's given, and try to find the next best avenue. And I think for Peter Lalich right now that next best avenue is very important in terms of the choices he makes."
This automatically catapults redshirt-sophomore Ryan Katz into the starting quarterback role, a position that he led for coming out of spring camp. Redshirt freshman Cody Vaz looks to move into the number-two spot and will be challenged by fellow redshirt freshman Jack Lomax this fall.