Lalich to Oregon State

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Looks like the saga of Peter Lalich has taken another turn even before his old team played its first game without him.

The former Virginia quarterback, who was dismissed from the Cavaliers last week, has re-surfaced at Oregon State.

The Oregonian’s Oregon State community blogger (read: Fan blogger) seems to think this is a great addition for the Beavers. But as David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press pointed out last week, Lalich’s decision-making isn’t exactly above average for a quarterback.

(Here, by the way, is Oregonian beat writer Paul Buker’s take.)

Now, there’s no reason for Lalich not to get a second chance. And by going to Oregon State, he’s getting about as far away from Charlottesville as he can for his fresh start while going to work for a savvy, underrated coach in Mike Riley.

But if you’re Riley, this is obviously a bit of a gamble – and at the least, it wouldn’t be a good move to pin the future of a program’s quarterbacking fate on Lalich. Ask Al Groh how that worked out, especially if this season continues to spiral out of control at Virginia.

Lalich could turn out to be a great addition. But there’s no reason expectations should be anything but muted, regardless of the recruiting hype that accompanied Lalich’s original recruitment process.

Patrick Stevens

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