Oregon State needs this football season to be concluded, and finally it will be against Oregon on Saturday.
Granted, an upset of the Ducks in the Civil War would salvage something out of a dreadful season that has included head coach Gary Andersen giving up on the program at midseason and nine consecutive defeats. But what the Beavers (1-10 overall, 0-8 in the Pac-12) may need most of all is to put 2017 behind them and move on to the future.
The priority will be to hire a new head coach.
As Oregon State president Ed Ray told OregonLive.com, "we need to move fast.
"We're looking at head coaches, and some other very successful candidates. (We'll hire) someone who is a real blue chipper."
What's clear now is that interim coach Cory Hall won't be a viable candidate. His elevation to replace Andersen offered some immediate enthusiasm, but no victories. It will probably even be difficult for the new coach to keep Hall on the staff, with the possibility of divisiveness based on Hall's popularity with many of the current players.
So who do the Beavers turn to as their head coach? Do they have to wait until other openings are filled, so that candidates know if they're definitely interested in the challenging task of starting over in Corvallis?
With the early signing period now less than a month away, much needs to be done with recruiting. Can the Beavers hang on to committed recruits? Will the new staff want all of those committed players? And how many junior college players should be brought aboard for a possible hastened fix to some of the problems.
But there will also be decisions to be made with and by current players, notably junior running back Ryan Nall. Now Oregon State's eighth-leading career rusher, Nall graduates next month, so he could become a graduate transfer with immediate eligibility at any other school, or declare that he's turning pro, or see who the new coach is before deciding to return for another season.
Thomas Tyner, another running back, also went through Senior Day festivities at the final home game, but after sitting out two seasons for medical reasons before transferring from Oregon to Oregon State, could he be granted another year of eligibility? Or does he even want it?
The new coaching staff will have a host of personnel decisions to make, and evaluations of current players, as decisions are made on recruiting. The present coaching staff needs to move on with their searches for new jobs.
Much needs to be done, and the Beavers need this last game behind them to get started.