Oregon State Players Need More 'Impulse' Control

By Justine Hendricks
Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports


Since Impulse Bar & Grill opened in Corvallis in 2009, its college-friendly prices and rocking dance floor have encouraged Oregon State students to act on impulse – which has led to legal issues for several Beavers football players.

Three players – senior Rudolf Fifita and juniors Mana Rosa and Dyllon Mafi – were arrested over the weekend following a fight outside a restroom at the nightclub. They were arraigned Monday and each face two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct. Mafi also faces charges of misrepresentation of age (using a fake ID) and underage possession of alcohol.

According to The Oregonian, the fight started when an argument between Fifita and one of the victims escalated, and Fifita allegedly punched the victim in the face. Rosa and Mafi then jumped in to the fray, as did another victim.

The police report said the victims suffered facial injuries that did not require medical treatment, and the three football players fled the scene on foot, reportedly changing their clothes and hair before finally being apprehended by police.

The three players have been suspended indefinitely, but with a January 10 court date, it is unlikely that they will be with the team when it faces Texas in the Alamo Bowl on December 29, although at the arraignment, they were given permission to leave the state during the interim.

“They are suspended right now and will remain that way,” OSU head coach Mike Riley said Monday.

He added: “Somebody else will step in and be fine. It’s not going to cost us a game. It hurts us, though.”

The biggest loss is Fifita, a senior defensive end who played in all 12 games, recording 25 tackles (5.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Rosa also appeared in every game this season, though he didn’t make as much of an impact.

The three players are the most recent Beavers to run into trouble at Impulse, but they’re not the first.

Senior cornerback Jordan Poyer, a first-time All-America selection by CBSSports.com, the American Football Coaches’ Association, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, and Sporting News, was involved in two separate incidents at Impulse earlier this year.

He  was arrested in May for second-degree trespassing at Impulse after he was detained by a bar employee during another fight at the bar. Poyer was reportedly kicked out of the bar a few months prior to the incident.

At the time of Poyer’s arrest, OSU blog “Building the Dam” warned that the bar was becoming a problem for Beavers’ players:

Previous incidents involving Oregon St. football players, and especially DBs, at the Impulse Bar and Grill, suggest that the impulse to head down there on a Friday or Saturday night is not a good one. Now, we have confirmation that its an impulse that should be resisted…

It might be worthwhile considering having offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh sit in the door at the “Impulse”, and help some of the players resist said impulse.

The bar was opened by former Oregon State student Sebastian Gallegos on Halloween weekend in 2009, in the location previously occupied by Tailgaters. Impulse was designed to be more hip and upscale, with a dress code, a DJ Friday through Sunday nights, a bamboo dance floor, and even a VIP room.

Its proximity to campus, reasonably priced drinks and frequent promotions have made it popular among Oregon State students, but until OSU football players gain greater control of their impulses, they’re better off avoiding Impulse Bar & Grill.

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