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Craig Robinson fired by Oregon State, according to report

After initially saying that men's basketball coach Craig Robinson is safe, Beavers athletic director Bob De Carolis is expected to remove him.

Ethan Miller

The Oregon State Beavers fired men's basketball coach Craig Robinson on Sunday night, according to sources of Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel, and the move comes at as major surprise considering the athletic department voiced its support of the embattled coach just more than a month prior.

Athletic director Bob De Carolis even released a statement backing his head coach. Now, he'll reportedly pay $4 million to buy out Robinson.

This past season, the Beavers went 16-16 and were bounced after one win in the CBI Tournament. Robinson raised eyebrows by making a wise-crack about his job security after a CBI loss to Radford, and things didn't get better for him thereafter. Oregon State lost one of the Pac-12's best scorers, Roberto Nelson, to graduation, and it also saw junior forward Eric Moreland enter the NBA Draft and freshman starting guard Hallice Cooke elect to transfer.

Robinson leaves OSU after compiling a 93-104 record with the Beavers and without leading them to an NCAA Tournament bid. But considering the state of the program he inherited -- OSU coach Jay John went 28-68 in five years prior to his arrival -- Robinson will be credited for pulling the Beavers out of a major hole as a program.