Brown's Robinson charged with turning around Oregon St.

Updated: April 7, 2008, 8:51 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Oregon State turned to the Ivy League for someone to mastermind its turnaround.

The school announced on Monday that it had hired Brown's Craig Robinson to be its next coach. In only his second year at Brown, Robinson led the Bears to a school-record 19 victories this season.

ESPN.com's Andy Katz reported earlier Monday that Robinson was on his way to Corvallis with his family and would accept the job if he got the impression the program could win and if his family liked the area.

Jay John was fired in January after the Beavers struggled to a 6-12 start to the season. Associate head coach Kevin Mouton took over, and Oregon State didn't win another game, finishing at 6-25 with an 0-18 mark in the Pac-10.

Robinson, the Ivy League coach of the Year in 2006-07, took Brown to only its fourth postseason berth this season. Ohio ended the Bears' season in the first round of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational.

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.

Robinson played at Princeton from 1980-83, twice helping the Tigers to an NCAA tournament berth.

ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz contributed to this report.

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