Source: Robinson offered Oregon St. job; also talks with Providence

Updated: April 7, 2008, 11:40 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

SAN ANTONIO -- Brown University coach Craig Robinson was offered the Oregon State job after a five-hour meeting with university officials Sunday, a source with knowledge of the situation said.

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Robinson has not accepted the job yet, according to the source. He is expected to travel to Corvallis with his family on Monday.

Robinson coached Brown to a second-place finish in the Ivy League behind Cornell. The Bears' season was ended by Ohio in the first round of the inaugural Collegiate Basketball Invitational.

Oregon State has not discussed contract terms with Robinson; his acceptance of the job hinges on whether he and his family like Corvallis and the program's chances of winning after the Beavers finished 0-18 in the Pac-10.

Jay John was fired by Oregon State during the season. The Beavers finished under assistant Kevin Mouton.

Oregon State initially offered the position to San Diego coach Billy Grier, but he turned it down. Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett withdrew his name from consideration, and the Beavers also had interest in Portland State's Ken Bone.

Meanwhile, Robinson, who is the brother-in-law of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, also interviewed for the opening at Providence, according to multiple sources. Ohio coach Tim O'Shea and ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla also have interviewed.

Providence first offered the job to George Mason coach Jim Larranaga, but he turned it down and received a contract extension. The Friars are looking to replace Tim Welsh, who was fired last month.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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