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:
Wayne Tinkle will be announced as the men's basketball coach at Oregon State on Monday.— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) May 19, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 16
John Canzano of the Oregonian provides an update on Oregon State's head coach search:
Oregon State closing in on five candidates for basketball hiring: http://t.co/erUyRRAH4Z— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) May 16, 2014
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:
Oregon State has named associate head coach Doug Stewart interim head coach, per the school.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 16, 2014
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:
Ben Howland is not going to be the next coach at Oregon State, a source told http://t.co/naWP44Z4z1. “Not the right fit,” source said.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) May 13, 2014
Predictably, Oregon State officials have now contacted Arizona assistant Damon Stoudamire about the opening, a source told @CBSSports.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) May 13, 2014
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:
John Canzano of Oregonian says OreSt & ex-UCLA coach Ben Howland have "mutual interest." Two sides began talking Monday re coaching vacancy.— Jeff Faraudo (@JeffFaraudo) May 7, 2014
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:
Lots of questions about whether Ben Howland would take Oregon State. To that, I’ll say this ...— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) May 5, 2014
… Howland just wants to coach high-major basketball again, ASAP. I’d be shocked if he rejected any reasonable Oregon State offer.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) May 5, 2014
Parrish also listed another possible candidate in an assistant coach from a rival Pac-12 school:
That said, Arizona assistant Damon Stoudamire is another interesting candidate on Oregon State’s radar. Portland native. Strong Nike ties.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) May 5, 2014
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:
Oregon State hoops improved under Craig Robinson. Prior to their 21-win season in 2011-12, they hadn't had a 20-win season since 1989-90.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 5, 2014
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:
One Pac-12 coach to me on Craig Robinson: "He had the third-most talent in the league this past year." You can certainly make that argument.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 5, 2014
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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