Just win, baby.
Oregon State University is taking the saying to heart, firing its men's basketball coach, Craig Robinson. Who just happens to be the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Sports Illustrated's Peter Thamel broke the news, noting that Robinson lost 93 games and won 104 games during his 6-year tenure. He was reportedly let go with three years remaining on this contract, and will be owed more than $4 million.
Like his sister, Robinson is a graduate of Princeton University. He worked in finance before returning to his passion, basketball. BuzzFeed profiled Robinson recently, writing:
[Robinson's] vision includes living meaningful lives on and off the court, the sort of well-rounded experience that so many colleges claim to offer to their athletes. The 6-foot-7-inch Robinson is the embodiment of that ideal: He was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He was a successful businessman before he pursued a career as a college basketball coach.
Robinson lived up to expectations at Oregon State in all ways - except basketball. So Craig Robinson epitomizes an uncomfortable question: Is it enough for a coach to mentor boys into accomplished men in full, or does he also have to win?
Now at the end of his sixth year in Corvallis, Robinson has a record of 94-105 overall, 39-69 in the PAC-12 Conference. Oregon State has finished better than eighth place in the league only once.