March 13, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Oregon State Beavers head coach Craig Robinson (center) instructs his team in a huddle against the Colorado Buffaloes during the second half in the first round of the Pac 12 tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Colorado defeated Oregon State 74-68. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

OSU's Craig Robinson discusses suspended forward Eric Moreland

Earlier we shared with you the news of Oregon State Beavers forward Eric Moreland being hit with a big suspension. At a Pac-12 media event today, OSU coach Craig Robinson discussed the suspension, praising Moreland for the maturity with which he’s handled the situation:

With Eric Moreland, and I’ll digress for a minute and tell you that he’s handling his suspension about as well as I’ve seen anyone handle it. So I’m excited about that, but you can’t replace an Eric Moreland. He’s just a terrific player, a dynamic defender and rebounder. What we have to do is we have to replace his production as a team. So I’m asking Roberto, I’m asking Angus and I’m asking Daniel Gomis and Jarmal Reid, all to replace his production until he gets back. And really what I think is going to happen is we’re going to have more tools in our tool kit once Eric does come back. And that, I know it sounds like I’m spinning it positively, but that’s really the way I see it (Oregon Live).

Despite his well-known familial connections, Robinson will be under a lot of pressure to perform this year. Since taking over OSU’s coaching position in 2008, Robinson has only led the Beavers to a winning record once (2011-12), but he did win the CBI with a team that finished .500 (2008-09).

[Source: Oregon Live]

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