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OSU Men's Basketball Coach Fired After Six Season Run

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CORVALLIS, OR-- Oregon State University fired men's basketball coach and brother-in-law of President Obama, Craig Robinson.

Hired in 2008, Robinson just finished his sixth season as coach of the OSU Beavers in March.

The team had a good season, but never made it to a single NCAA tournament under Robinson’s six years of guidance.

OSU has not won an NCAA tournament game since 1982, and the athletic director Bob De Carolis said the team needs a fresh start.

"I came to the conclusion that we needed a fresh start. And that the most recent transfers certainly cemented that feeling, and once I made a decision I wanted to move quickly," De Carolis said.

The decision comes just five weeks after De Carolis issued a statement re-affirming that Robinson was staying with the team.

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

Robinson still had three more years left on his contract and the university will pay him more than $4 million to end the contract early. There is no word yet on what is next for the former basketball coach.
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