Robinson out as Oregon State basketball coach

Robinson out as Oregon State basketball coach

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University has fired head coach Craig Robinson.

Robinson - whose sister Michelle is married to President Barack Obama - spent 6 seasons at Oregon State.

He compiled a 94-105 record as head coach.The Beavers were 39-69 in Pac-12 play under Robinson.

Robinson introduced his sister at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and wore an orange tie - Oregon State's signature color - at his brother-in-law's inauguration.

The team spent Thanksgiving at the White House in 2012.

"It became clear to me that wanting it to work with Craig as our coach was not good enough," said Bob De Carolis, Oregon State athletic director.

The decision comes just five weeks after De Carolis issued a statement re-affirming that Robinson was their guy.

He did not give a reason why he changed his mind but said he made the decision alone. He wants a coach that can win games and win with the media.

"I am charged with doing whatever is in the best interest of Oregon State and our students," De Carolis said, "and I simply believe that now we need a fresh start."

Students who spoke to KVAL News were mostly indifferent but agreed they want a winning program.

"There's always a pressure to win because, you know, it's a business and you want your team to win and it gets revenue from tickets and seats sold," said Andrew McClain.

"I understand wanting to win, but I mean there's a lot of aspects that go in to winning and being part of a team," said  Joanna Ziminiski. "Maybe it was the coaches, maybe it was the players fault."

Robinson was hired April 7, 2008, as the 20th head coach in the program’s history.  He arrived in Corvallis after spending two years as the head coach at Brown University.  Prior to Brown, he served as an assistant coach at Northwestern University for six years.