Beyond Seattle: OSU Basketball, No We Can’t!

The Oregon State Men’s Basketball team went on the road to Howard last night and dropped a close one, 47-45, to the Bison. After the game, Beaver Head Coach Craig Robinson issued this quote about the state of his program:

“It won’t take me 20 months to turn this program around” Robinson said. “It’s going to take longer than that. This is different. We have to recruit some better players, we have to get better at what we’re doing, and we have to change the culture from losing to winning.” (The full context of this quote can be read here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recapgameId=283190047)

It’s almost unfair. The Beavs have a chance to be one of the worst teams in the nation this season. Most teams in that situation would be ignored, but OSU is going to have a spotlight on them all year because their coach, who may or may not be any good at his job, happens to be Barack Obama’s brother-in-law. Instead of sucking in relative anonymity, they get to do it on the national stage.

And now, to make matters worse, Robinson is throwing his team under the bus with quotes illutrating just how bad they are. But what has he been doing to help? Since he’s taken the job, the head coach has been out on the road recruiting…recruiting votes for his brother-in-law, that is. Now the Beavers are behind the eight ball when it comes to pulling prospective recruits, an unfortunate circumstance that happens to be tied to Robinson’s family matters.

Do I feel sorry for the Beavers? No. This is the team that tried to pick a fight with the Huskies last season on two occasions, so my sympathy for them doesn’t run that deep. But here’s Robinson, a guy who has done next-to-nothing in his coaching career being hailed as a savior because he’s tight with the next president of the United States. It’s a nice fact, but it’s not going to win this crap team any ballgames, nor is it going to substitute for the hard work that Robinson needs to do to get kids to come play in Corvallis. If anything, Robinson has probably bought himself five years of excuses and ineptitude just because of Barack. So no matter if Oregon State wins or loses, expect to see a lot of Craig Robinson in the near future, whether you like it or not.

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