CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State fired men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson after six years on the job. OSU Athletic Director Bob De Carolis announced this decision on Monday afternoon. He had previously written a letter to Beavers fans in March giving his support to Robinson and saying that he was still the man for the job. On Monday, De Carolis said that initial decision may have been based too much off of emotion.
“I wanted it to happen for him, for those players, for this institution, for all those loyal Beavers out there,” said De Carolis. “I think in my evaluation, the first part of it, I was looking at it through orange colored glasses. As I had pulled myself away after I had made the decision, and just went back and re-evaluated all those thoughts, I was coming to a different place.”
De Carolis says he hopes to have a new head coach in place within a couple of weeks. Whoever inherits the job, will have a lot of work to do. The Beavers lose three seniors off of this years team; Devon Collier, Roberto Nelson and Angus Brandt. Eric Moreland declared for the NBA draft in April, Challe Burton is skipping his senior year to play professionally overseas and Hallice Cooke announced he will transfer.