The Oregon State Beavers watched their instate rivals, the Oregon Ducks, march into the NCAA Tournament yet again this year and they’ve now had enough of sitting on the outside looking in. While the two programs are on different levels at the moment, the Beavers are making a move to make sure they can stay up to par with Oregon and have fired head coach Craig Robinson as a result.
According to SI.com’s Pete Thamel, the firing comes as a surprise not because of the the fact that it happened but because of when it happened.
Oregon State’s season ended six weeks ago with a loss to Radford in the CBI and Robinson had reportedly received support from Oregon State’s administration. Robinson has three more years remaining on this contract and the university is expected to owe him more than $4 million.
The team must now scramble to find a new head coach as the Oregon State job is far from an easy one and finding the right guy will take time that the Beavers may not completely have.