Oregon State Head Coach Search: Latest Updates and Rumors on Open Position

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMay 5, 2014

Montana head coach Wayne Tinkle directs his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Minnesota, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Updates from Monday, May 19

On Monday, Oregon State made the Wayne Tinkle hiring official via osubeavers.com:

Wayne Tinkle, who led Montana to three NCAA Tournament appearances, has been named the head coach of the Oregon State men’s basketball team, Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Monday.


"Today, with the hiring of Coach Wayne Tinkle, Oregon State University begins a new era in Beaver men's basketball of regularly competing within the top echelon of the Pac-12 for the conference championship and for postseason NCAA competition,” De Carolis said.

“The more I went through the process, the more recommendations I received about Coach Tinkle,” De Carolis added. “I met with Coach Tinkle for several hours last week and came away very impressed with him. His success on the basketball court as a coach and player is well documented, but even more so, I was impressed with his demeanor, family and philosophy. I think he is a perfect fit for our basketball program, Oregon State University, the community and this state.”

Updates from Sunday, May 18

The Oregon State Beavers have decided on their next coach according to John Canzano of the Oregonian:

Updates from Friday, May 16

John Canzano of the Oregonian provides an update on Oregon State's head coach search:

The lead candidates listed in the report are Mike Hopkins, Wayne Tinkle, Damon Stoudamire, Eric Musselman and Travis DeCuire.

Updates from Thursday, May 15

CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reports that the Beavers have named an interim head coach:

AZstarnet.com's Zack Rosenblatt has Damon Stoudamire's thoughts on the position:

"The thing about it is, me being from Oregon is probably going to have a lot of legs," Stoudamire told the Star tonight at the Arizona Road Tour stop in Tubac. "To be honest with you, there hasn't been a whole lot of dialogue.

"I think that if it moves forward, if there's something to talk about, I could probably tell you a little bit more, but at the moment I can't really tell you nothing, because there's nothing to tell."

Updates from Monday, May 12

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reports on the latest developments involving Ben Howland and another potential candidate for the Oregon State job:

Updates from Saturday, May 10

Josh Gershon of Scout.com provides an update on Oregon State's search for a head coach:

Updates from Wednesday, May 7

 Connor Letourneau of OregonLive.com reports Oregon State players are pushing for David Grace to be named head coach:

Team members told athletic director Bob De Carolis during a Monday meeting that they want to play under Grace, who left OSU after five years last offseason to join Steve Alford's UCLA staff. Grace is not currently being considered for OSU's head-coaching position, according to sources. Yet Grace, eager to lead his first college program and move closer to his son who attends Crescent Valley High School, is hopeful for an interview.

"I would love to have that opportunity," said Grace, who has heard from every OSU player, as well as a number of alums and donors, since Robinson's firing. "I know I would do well there. I know I would get Oregon State back to the (NCAA tournament) every year.

Letourneau later provided a timetable for when a decision will be made and a few additional potential candidates: 

Oregon State will move quickly in its search to replace Craig Robinson as men's basketball coach but, according to a source close to the process on Wednesday evening, the Beavers are not expected to make a hire until late next week.
An athletic department source tells The Oregonian that there has been enthusiastic interest from candidates such as Terry Porterand Lionel Hollins, who have contacted the Beavers directly, as well as a push from boosters to consider others including Eric Musselmanand Damon Stoudamire. 

Updates from Tuesday, May 6

John Canzano of oregonlive.com has the latest information on Ben Howland's contact with Oregon State before Craig Robinson was fired:

Multiple sources told me Monday that De Carolis was in touch with former UCLA coach Ben Howland as far back as early last month. Howland has been itching to get back into coaching, but resisted jumping at the first job that came his way, instead choosing to wait and see if his phone might ring as the various higher-tier vacancies (Marquette, Tennessee, Missouri) were filled.

It didn't ring. At least not from those outside Corvallis.

During that period, and while he was weighing Robinson's future, De Carolis apparently reached out to Howland and asked the guy who led the Bruins to three consecutive Final Four appearances if he believed a Pac-12 winner could still be built in Corvallis. De Carolis may have been fishing, he may have been trying to pick Howland's brain, or he may have been conducting an informal interview.

Bay Area News Group's Jeff Faraudo has more on Oregon State's courtship of Howland:

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After Oregon State let go of men's basketball coach Craig Robinson, the older brother of First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama's brother-in-law, per Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, the Beavers are now in search of the next leader of the program.   

While the coaching carousel is just starting to spin for the Beavers, Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reports the spokes are already beginning to take shape for the program, with one notable former coach as a potential candidate:

Parrish also listed another possible candidate in an assistant coach from a rival Pac-12 school:

Though the team never reached the NCAA tournament under Robinson, it was still considered a program on the rise. But in a Pac-12 conference loaded with storied programs like Arizona and UCLA, the Beavers were never able to reach their full potential under Robinson.

ESPN Stats & Info points out that the program was on the upswing with Robinson at the helm:

Despite that lone 20-win campaign, the team was teeming with potential this past season, but finished just 16-16 (8-10 Pac-12) during the regular season—ahead of only Washington State and USC for last in the conference.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN quotes one coach from the conference who believed OSU had the potential to be great last season:

But both Roberto Nelson and Devon Collier graduated, Hallice Cooke decided to transfer and Eric Moreland declared for the NBA draft. Rather than coming into a great situation, the next OSU coach will need to find talent quickly.

If a coach like Howland does accept the position, recruiting and the quality of play on the court might be on the rise for the Beavers. But with the selection process for the position still brand new, more is likely to come in the latest search in college basketball.


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