OREGON STATE yesterday fired basketball coach Craig Robinson after six seasons without making the NCAA Tournament.
The brother-in-law of President Obama, Robinson had a solid start in Corvallis, taking a program that had lost 21 straight Pac-12 games to an 18-win season in 2008-09.
The Beavers' results under Robinson were uneven after that, with Oregon State finishing no better than fifth in the Pac-12 in his six seasons, including 10th this year.
Athletic director Bob De Carolis announced on March 28 that Robinson would return for a seventh season, even penning a strongly worded letter of support for him. The more De Carolis thought about it, the more he realized it was a mistake.
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.
Oregon State won 21 games in 2011-12, but went 7-11 in conference. 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 CBI. Robinson went 94-105 overall with Oregon State after spending two seasons as Brown's coach.
Oregon State has not made the NCAA Tournament since 1990.
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