Hoops: De Carolis retains Craig Robinson

BOB DE CAROLIS released a letter to Oregon State alums and fans, making it clear Craig Robinson is in no immediate danger of losing his job as the men's basketball coach.

Craig Robinson has led OSU to a 94-105 mark in six seasons (39-69 in Pac-12 play). He has three years left on his existing deal, which owes him about $4 million. The statement from De Carolis: I want to thank you for your continued support of Oregon State Athletics.

Many of you have recently sent your thoughts to me about the OSU men's basketball program. No one is more disappointed in our inability to reach our goals than head coach Craig Robinson and myself.

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.

I close with a few facts about Coach Robinson's OSU career:
• He is the fourth-winningest coach in Oregon State history with 94 victories and trails only Hall of Famers Slats Gill, Ralph Miller and Bob Hager.

• Oregon State has been .500 or better four times since 1991 and he has coached his teams to three of those seasons.

• Oregon State has won eight conference games three times since 1993 of which he has had two of those seasons.

• Oregon State had four wins against top-50 and six against top-100 NCAA basketball programs this past season, including wins over two teams that advanced to the Sweet 16.

• Five Oregon State players have received All-Pac-12 recognition.

• Nine Oregon State student-athletes have received Pac-12 All-Academic recognition.

• Eight Oregon State players have been named Pac-12 Player of the Week.

• Three of his players are in the top 15 on Oregon State's all-time scoring list (Roberto Nelson is fourth, Devon Collier is seventh and Jared Cunningham is 15th).

• He will be the head coach of a Pac-12 All-Star team that will compete in China in August.

Go Beavs!

Bob De Carolis
Oregon State Director of Athletics


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