Future is bright for Tinkle, Oregon State

Oregon State is back.

OK, not quite back to the glory days of Gary Payton -- but the Beavers are certainly putting themselves in the equation to be relevant again.

People tend to forget the Beavers were No. 1 in the country for two months in 1981 when Ralph Miller was roaming the sidelines. Today's college kids weren’t even alive when Payton was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1990, which also happens to be the last time the program was in the NCAA tournament.