It seems that your typical 5-star basketball prospect might be impressed by a coach telling them, “Oh and one more thing, my brother-in-law is the President of the United States of America!” But for whatever reason, Craig Robinson is about to have his fifth straight losing season in Pac 10/12 play as his Oregon State team dropped to 1-7 last night.
As Senator Obama campaigned for President, Robinson coached his first two seasons. He improved Brown to 6-8 in the Ivy League in 2007, then had them competiting for an Ivy League title while President Obama was stunning Hillary Clinton in primaries in early 2008.
Just 10 days after President Obama’s election, Robinson debuted as the new Oregon State coach a few miles from the White House at Howard University, narrowly losing a 47-45 contest. A year later Robinson brought his team back to the DC-area, and Michelle and Barack Obama (pictured) watched him pull off an upset of George Washington on November 28, 2009.
However, it has been a struggle since then, and the team is now on course to finish in the bottom half of the Pac 12 for all five years that President Obama has been President, starting with a 1-7 conference mark.
While Oregon State’s loss drops them to a last place tie with Utah in the Pac 12, Arizona went into Washington for a huge win to keep their confernece hopes alive.
Three other Top 25 teams were in action last night. Gonzaga kept it’s #7 ranking in tact with an 88-43 smashing at Loyola Marymount. Michigan State came back at home for a narrow 80-75 win over an Illinois team that suddenly doesn’t even look like they will make the tournament. The one upset of the night was St. Louis, which beat #9 Butler 73-58. St. Louis may have been sending a message that the new Catholic 7 Conference should move west to take in key Catholic schools like St. Louis and Creighton rather than look east at non-Catholic schools like VCU and Butler.