CORVALLIS, Ore. – The $4.2 million buyout has caused Beavers fans to have mixed feelings about the termination of Craig Robinson.
The news spread like wildfire Monday morning on campus, especially through social media.
“I was pretty shocked when I heard it,” said fan Nathan Sarles.
Surprise is a common word to describe how Beaver Nation is feeling after Oregon State University broke the news Monday morning.
“Bob de Carolis had no choice but to fire him, and frankly, I’m glad he did,” said fan Nick Mendes.
Robinson, who was the Beavers’ fourth winningest coach, also had a 95-105 record and no NCAA appearances in a span of six seasons. But not all fans agree about the decision to fire him.
“I was pretty surprised,” said Beavers fan Greg Wakefield. “I felt like he did pretty well on the court and off the court. It seems like he’s a pretty good coach. The players seemed to like him, as did the University. It’s not just about the wins and losses.”
Others disagree, saying the Beavers’ 39-69 Pac-12 record under Robinson speaks for itself.
“We’ve been kind of waiting, at least me and my friends,” said fan Isaaac Lomax. “We really think there can be something new to gain from a new coach.”
Mendes argues that the sparsely attended home game against Radford for the first round of the College Basketball Invitational showed Beaver Nation’s lack of support.
“He was pretty good his first year,” Mendes said. “I was happy with what he did, but you know, I’m surprised they didn’t fire him earlier honestly. He’s just been down, down, down, down, down.”
Mendes says he would be more likely to support the Beavers at Gill Coliseum if the team won more games.
But others wonder about the $4.2 million contract buyout- is it even worth it?
“I’m not sure that that was the best decision,” Wakefield said.
Sarles agrees, saying the price tag might not have been worth waiting three years until Robinson’s contract would have expired.
“I would have hoped to have seen him for one more year,” he said. “One or two more years.”
KEZI 9 News did try contacting Robinson, however a family spokesperson said he was not willing to comment.