CORVALLIS, Oreg. -- Sports Illustrated has reported that Oregon State University basketball coach Craig Robinson has been fired.
Reporter Pete Thamel cited "a source with knowledge of the situation."
Robinson had three years left on his contract and SI reports that Oregon State will have to pay him $4 million for the departure.
He was 93-104 at OSU, 39-69 in the Pac-12. The team never made the NCAA tournament in his six seasons.
Just last month, athletic director Bob DeCarolis gave Robinson a vote of approval, issuing the following statement.
“Coach Robinson and I have met multiple times in the past two weeks, and he has presented me with a plan that will move the Oregon State men’s basketball program forward to achieve the goals that this university supports.
Our goals in every sport are to win a conference title; to play in NCAA postseason events; to compete with character and integrity; and to help guide our student-athletes to graduate and succeed in life.
I’m looking forward to watching Coach Robinson continue to build our program. He is a man of great character and someone who represents Oregon State University with integrity. I ask for your continued support of Beaver basketball.”
Robinson is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama and his teams made regular trips to Washington D.C. both for basketball games and to spend time with her and President Barack Obama.