Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated is reporting, per a source, that Oregon State has fired men’s basketball Coach Craig Robinson — Michelle Obama’s brother — after six years. Robinson compiled a 94-105 record in Corvallis, winning the CBI postseason tournament in his first season but producing just one winning campaign (21-15 in 2011-12; the Beavers finished 18-18 when they won the CBI).
The biggest surprise of the firing of Robinson, the brother-in-law of President Barack Obama, comes with the timing. Oregon State’s season ended six weeks ago with a loss to Radford in the CBI and Robinson had reportedly received support from the Oregon State administration. Robinson has three more years remaining on this contract and the university is expected to owe him more than $4 million dollars.
The Beavers finished 16-16 this past season, losing to Radford in the first round of the CBI, the third-level postseason tournament in which Robinson’s teams played four times in his six seasons. They will return zero starters next season.
Robinson brought his team to the Washington area numerous times during his Oregon State tenure, including this past season, when the Beavers upset Maryland at Comcast Center in November with President Obama and his wife in attendance. Recently, the Terrapins’ Nick Faust announced he was transferring to Oregon State after spending his first three seasons in College Park.
Oregon State has not made the NCAA tournament since the 1989-90 season and has not won an NCAA tournament game since 1982, when the Beavers lost to Georgetown in the Elite Eight.