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Obama's brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, fired by Oregon State

By John Marshall

AP Basketball Writer

LAST UPDATED: 01:14 p.m. HST, May 05, 2014

Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis announced on March 28 that head coach Craig Robinson would return for a seventh season as basketball coach, even penning a strongly worded letter of support for President Barack Obama's brother-in-law.

The more De Carolis thought about it, the more he realized it was a mistake.

Reversing his course from five weeks earlier, De Carolis fired Robinson on Monday, ending the tenure of a coach who brought prestige to the university but who failed to get the Beavers to the NCAA tournament during six seasons in Corvallis.

"During a phone call with him on Thursday, I acknowledged to him that I had changed my mind," De Carolis said. "Despite my sincere want for Craig to be successful at Oregon State, as the days moved on since March, it became clear to me that wanting it to work with Craig as our coach was not good enough. Oregon State University, our student-athletes and our loyal supporters deserve more than a simple desire. They deserve success."

The brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, Robinson was hired during President Obama's first presidential campaign in 2008 and gave the university some added attention that summer, when he introduced his sister at the Democratic National Convention. Robinson also played basketball with the president on Election Day in 2012 and was with him during his private oath of office for the start of his second term.

The results on the basketball court didn't match what he was able to accomplish from a public-relations standpoint.

Robinson had a solid start in Corvallis, taking a program that went 0-18 in the Pac-12 the year before to an 18-win season in 2008-09.

After that, the Beavers' results under Robinson were uneven, with Oregon State finishing no better than fifth in the Pac-12 in his six seasons, including 10th this year.

Oregon State won 21 games in 2011-12, but went 7-11 in conference to miss the NCAA tournament.

After going 14-18 in 2012-13, the Beavers were 16-16 this season, including 8-10 in the Pac-12, and lost to Radford at home in the lower-tier College Basketball Invitational.

Oregon State played in the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Honolulu in December. President Obama and his family attended their game against Akron State on Dec. 22 at the Stan Sheriff Center. Oregon State lost 83 to 71.

Robinson went 94-105 overall — 39-69 in conference — with Oregon State after spending two seasons as Brown's head coach. The Beavers have not reached the NCAA tournament since 1990.

Oregon State will pay $4.2 million to Robinson over the course of a contract that runs through 2016.

"When Craig got here, it was not every good," De Carolis said. "Yes, he got us to a different spot, which was good, but we just feel that to get to the next spot, we need a fresh start."

Oregon State will be in a rebuilding phase next season.

The Beavers will add Maryland transfer Nick Faust, but will have no returning starters in 2014-15 after Eric Moreland declared early for the NBA draft, Hallice Cooke decided to transfer and Challe Barton left to play professionally overseas. Leading scorer Roberto Nelson, Devon Collier and Angus Brandt were seniors last season and won't be back, either.

De Carolis said he hopes to move quickly in finding a replacement since Robinson's firing came well after the season ended.

"We want to move quickly, but we want to make the right choice," he said. "So fast but deliberate."

Robinson played at Princeton, where he was a two-time Ivy League player of the year as a 6-foot-6 forward. He started his career in the business world before serving as an assistant at Northwestern under Bill Carmody, an assistant coach at Princeton during Robinson's senior season.

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DABLACK wrote:
Bet POTUS will put his nose into this issue. Think the 1st lady going beat him to it tho'
on May 5,2014 | 08:22AM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
Nah, MO will have Oprah put him on her payroll.
on May 5,2014 | 12:14PM
oxtail01 wrote:
You wanna bet too?
on May 5,2014 | 12:28PM
1local wrote:
can the USA do the same to Craig Robinson's brother in law in Washington? The USA has had to put up with 6 years of losing also...
on May 5,2014 | 12:15PM
oxtail01 wrote:
You lost, that's true. Most of us came out way ahead - just checked my market holdings. Ha ha, what, losers like you didn't know how to invest? Maybe if you post all the reasons why you're a loser and many posters are more than willing to offer you good advice.
on May 5,2014 | 12:31PM
1local wrote:
unions and democrats - losers till the end.
on May 5,2014 | 01:12PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Hey, you stated YOU are the loser so you must be in a union or is a Democrat or both.
on May 5,2014 | 02:44PM
IAmSane wrote:
Sure, blame the president because you suсk at life.
on May 5,2014 | 01:00PM
1local wrote:
never supported a benchwarmer.
on May 5,2014 | 01:13PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Too busy being a loser?
on May 5,2014 | 03:04PM
oxtail01 wrote:
I'll take your bet and give you 10 to 1.
on May 5,2014 | 12:27PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Oregon State is in for some big trouble from the Obama administration. Numerous agencies will descend upon the university to inspect it for violations of everything imaginable and assess penalties for each violation found. And, of course, Obama and his people will say the inspections were coincidental and had nothing to do with Robinson’s firing and, of course, we are expected to believe them.
on May 5,2014 | 08:30AM
oxtail01 wrote:
You wanna bet on that?
on May 5,2014 | 12:53PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Did you miss your rabies shots again? You know that you're not allowed in public without them.
on May 5,2014 | 12:59PM
oxtail01 wrote:
I'll bet you're a white racist.
on May 5,2014 | 05:26PM
geralddeheer wrote:
Nonsense. Robinson's teams did not win enough. Time for a change. Oregon State will move on (bad pun) without interferance from D.C.
on May 5,2014 | 08:04PM
Ronin006 wrote:
This comment was sent for approval, most likely because I used Obama’s name: “Oregon State is in for some big trouble from the Obama administration. Numerous agencies will descend upon the university to inspect it for violations of everything imaginable and assess penalties for each violation found. And, of course, Obama and his people will say the inspections were coincidental and had nothing to do with Robinson’s firing and, of course, we are expected to believe them.”
on May 5,2014 | 08:39AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
It's not about the coach, SA made it about Obama and all the rats came running out. Mr.President, thank you for your service!
on May 5,2014 | 08:45AM
Maipono wrote:
on May 5,2014 | 08:56AM
jmarie wrote:
What service are you talking about?
on May 5,2014 | 09:13AM
oxtail01 wrote:
Killing Bin Laden for one but mostly for making all the racist whites and far right very angry. Thank you for providing good laughs every day. From a guy enjoying retirement and having his stock portfolio go up immensely since Obama was in office.
on May 5,2014 | 12:24PM
Mana07 wrote:
Service? LOL
on May 5,2014 | 10:29AM
kekelaward wrote:
We may disagree on things, but I never thought of you as a rat.
on May 5,2014 | 12:21PM
loquaciousone wrote:
No wonder demoncrats don't want Barry campaigning with them. Even his brother in law go the ax.
on May 5,2014 | 08:51AM
oxtail01 wrote:
I believe the ax fell on the head of all the losers like you - just ask Romney.
on May 5,2014 | 12:33PM
loquaciousone wrote:
on May 5,2014 | 12:41PM
AhiPoke wrote:
After six awful years, I wish it was as easy to fire obama.
on May 5,2014 | 09:08AM
oxtail01 wrote:
You sure are a loser if the last six years were awful for you. My sympathy for your awful life.
on May 5,2014 | 12:34PM
jmarie wrote:
A 94-105 overall record, Wow just like Barry O's loosing season. With a loosing season like that Robinson is a shoe in for a position on the Emperor O's staff in Washington!
on May 5,2014 | 09:12AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Love those spelling and grammar innovations from the GED dropout crowd!
on May 5,2014 | 09:38AM
oxtail01 wrote:
They didn't drop out, they never started. It takes too much time cleaning their white trailer trash, ironing their confederate flags, and creasing their white cone head covers.
on May 5,2014 | 03:02PM
manaolana wrote:
"White trailer trash". Isn't that racist?
on May 5,2014 | 05:46PM
jamrus36 wrote:
No doubt that OSU is looking to be more competitive in PAC-12 athletics. With Robinson heading a basketball program that was clean it also wasn't competitive over his tenure. A future as bottom feeders in the tough PAC-12 is not what OSU has in mind. The school has been upgrading its campus and its facilities in the last several years. New athletic fields and buildings, international student center, school of business, classrooms, student residences among many other new structures. Every year a number of students from high schools all over this state, public and private make OSU their choice for higher education. Beaver athletics are not standing idly by as Huskies, Cougars, the Cardinal and Sun Devils are charging upward in their programs.
on May 5,2014 | 09:49AM
scooters wrote:
My God! You can see the family resemblance !
on May 5,2014 | 11:13AM
cojef wrote:
Look at the eyes and brows, like two peas in a pod.
on May 5,2014 | 11:22AM
kekelaward wrote:
I was going to mention that. He has that same befuddled look on his face as she normally has on hers.
on May 5,2014 | 12:24PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Not as much as all the white racists - they all look the same to me.
on May 5,2014 | 12:35PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Yes ox, eyebrows connected and cross eyed.
on May 5,2014 | 02:06PM
oxtail01 wrote:
I can close my eyes and still see all of them.
on May 5,2014 | 02:33PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Disappointing job performances apparently run in the family. Fairly brave of the school to fire him, many would have waited till Obama was gone.
on May 5,2014 | 11:16AM
oxtail01 wrote:
You're right about the Bush family.
on May 5,2014 | 03:06PM
manaolana wrote:
Is anyone yelling "racist" yet?
on May 5,2014 | 11:31AM
scooters wrote:
Just wait..it'll come from Barry..He's always one of the first ones to play that card..
on May 5,2014 | 12:26PM
oxtail01 wrote:
You and other racists here already played it.
on May 5,2014 | 02:39PM
808comp wrote:
All part of being a coach unless you can produce a winning team. Some coaches are lucky to hang on even if you loose in hopes that you can turn the program around.
on May 5,2014 | 11:45AM
salsacoquibx wrote:
should he put in his resume with his sister now that he's out of a job?
on May 5,2014 | 12:00PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Since Robinson is out of work, I suppose he can now tag along with the Obamas on their taxpayer-funded vacations, just like Michelle's mama, cousins, nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.
on May 5,2014 | 12:18PM
scooters wrote:
Yup, like the one's who are in this country illegally!!!
on May 5,2014 | 12:27PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Yup, didn't take long for POTUS haters to turn this into a political rant. What a bunch of losers.
on May 5,2014 | 12:19PM
scooters wrote:
No the Obama's are the losers along with the rest of us in the country. it'll all end in 2 years when they are out of the White House.
on May 5,2014 | 12:28PM
oxtail01 wrote:
I'm retired and doing fine, in fact, have done better financially since he got in. Please don't count most of us with losers like you. As I've requested with the other loser, please let us know how you've lost under Obama when we'll really try to offer you some help.
on May 5,2014 | 02:38PM
frontman wrote:
Should have happened two years ago but magically OS received a 10 million dollar grant from the feds for sports programs.
on May 5,2014 | 12:29PM
oxtail01 wrote:
If all you racists bothered with the facts, you would know that this coach had the best winning percentage since 1990 when their most successful coach, Ralph Miller, left. I'm not making excuses for Robinson, his record wasn't good enough, but he nor POTUS deserve the racist rants being posted here.
on May 5,2014 | 12:51PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Too much batu does that to a brain.
on May 5,2014 | 01:55PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Too much white bread.
on May 5,2014 | 02:47PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Rabies is a viral zoonotic disease that causes acute encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).

Batu is a neurotoxin and potent psychostimulant of the phenethylamine and amphetamine classes that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Classic case.
on May 5,2014 | 03:24PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Thank you for the medical reference. You really should concentrate your efforts in finding medical products/procedures to minimize the rampant white racist deseases you and your buddies suffer from.
on May 5,2014 | 05:21PM
bekwell wrote:
Don't read much, do you?
on May 5,2014 | 05:36PM
etalavera wrote:
It's not Craig Robinson's fault at all that the OSU program didn't perform during his tenure. The blame certainly falls entirely on the previous coaching staff.
on May 5,2014 | 02:32PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Why don't you go ahead and check their records - surprise?
on May 5,2014 | 05:23PM
BigErn wrote:
Get a good tax attorney, cuz the IRS will be knocking on your door
on May 5,2014 | 02:45PM
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