Craig Robinson, the brother of first lady Michelle Obama, was fired as Oregon State’s men’s basketball coach Monday, a move that was surprising because Robinson was out recruiting and had three years left on his contract.
Those factors make the timing of this decision highly unusual and curious. OSU still owes Robinson more than $4 million and there was no indication from the school that his job was in jeopardy, despite a 93-104 record over six years and no NCAA Tournament appearances.
The firing is even more curious because Maryland transfer Nick Faust committed to the Beavers five days ago.
At the same time, President Obama’s brother-in-law has undergone some off-the-court turmoil among his players. Eric Moreland declared for the NBA draft, Hallice Cooke announced his intention to transfer, and Challe Barton decided to explore professional opportunities overseas.
This movement left Oregon State with no returning starters for next season. And now the Beavers are without a coach, too.