The Strange Situation at Oregon State

Reports are surfacing that the Oregon State job has been offered to none other than Craig Robinson, head coach of Brown University.

The moves OSU have been making are just mind-boggling when it comes to basketball. First, they retain Jay John for this last season despite the fact that their best player (Sasa Cuic) chose playing in Europe over finishing his college career. Then, midway through the season they decide that now is the time to fire John, replacing him with Kevin Mouton on an interim basis. The Beavers finished 0-18 in the Pac-10, the first team to do so in conference history.

But hope was on the way! San Diego head coach and former Gonzaga assistant Bill Greer was showing interest. Maybe they could go after St. Mary’s coach Randy Bennett. Hey, if push came to shove, they could always go right up I-5 and nab up-and-coming coach Ken Bone of Portland State.

But now this? I don’t mean any disrespect to Mr. Robinson, who I’m sure is a fine coach, but why OSU thinks two years of Ivy League experience makes someone a good Pac-10 candidate is beyond me. Isn’t part of the problem that they can’t recruit the west coast well enough? Robinson’s name being linked to the Providence job makes a lot more sense for both parties involved.

Who knows? Maybe (Edit: it’s official, he’s the next Beaver coach) he’ll bring back the Beavs to the Ralph Miller glory days. But I don’t see why he would, when there’s a perfectly good coach waiting in Portland with NCAA tournament experience and recruiting ties that aren’t 2,000 miles away.

Sometimes you have to wonder if OSU isn’t punting the basketball program in favor of football and baseball. Jay John was the lowest paid coach in the conference last year – and thanks in part to Tony’s raise it wasn’t even close.


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