OSU on the Up and Up
OK, so at time of writing on February 19th the Beavers have lost 4 straight and are currently sit in 9th place in the Pac 12 standings. However, the Beavers are over .500 and one of the main reasons OSU is not a doormat any longer is head coach Craig Robinson.
Robinson was hired in 2008 after the Beavers had a winless season in the Pac 10 conference. In his first season, he turned the program around and the Beavers beat UTEP in the finals of the College Basketball Invitational.
This was Oregon State’s first ever post-season hoops title.
In his 2nd season at the helm of OSU the Beavers finished at 14-18, but won at Arizona for the first time since 1983 and at Oregon for the first time since 1993. Last season was a tough one going 11-20, but many young players saw a lot of action and the Beavers did beat a ranked Washington squad.
While the Beavers have struggled this season in Pac 12 play they have been competitive and recently lost 2 tough games in OT.
This season they got off to a great start and he [Robinson] is starting to bring some solid players into the program.
Robinson is scouring the nation for recruits; Cunningham is from Oakland, California and Collier is from Bronx, New York. Robinson’s 2009-10 recruiting class was regarded as the best ever by the school and was ranked in the top 25 by several recruiting services.
Next season looks bright with Cunningham coming back and Robinson already signed 3 legit players in F Jarmal Reid, 6’10” Maika Ostling, and F Langston Morris-Walker.
Robinson is President Barack Obama’s brother in law and after the 2009 season, the Commander in chief stated,
“Craig Robinson is an outstanding coach. … Anybody in Oregon and anybody who knows sports knows he turned it around. He loves Corvallis and I’m sure that as a young, successful coach he’s going to start getting offers.”
Well, the powers that be at OSU did not want him to take those offers so they extended his contract to lead Oregon State through the 2016 season.
Robinson has had some rocky patches in his time as the OSU head coach, but with the recruits he is bringing in and his solid coaching, it will not be long before the Beavers are playing in the ‘Big Dance.’
He has given fans in Corvallis hope and the Beavers are no longer the laughing stock of the Pac 12 conference.
Check out our Northwest Coach Profile on OSU’s Craig Robinson by Matt Martz right HERE!