Craig Robinson
American basketball player-coach
Craig Robinson
Craig Malcolm Robinson is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at Oregon State University. He was previously the head coach at Brown University. He was a star forward as a player at Princeton University in the early 1980s and a bond trader during the 1990s. He is the older brother of U.S. First Lady Michelle Robinson Obama, and the brother-in-law of U.S. President Barack Obama.
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Obama roots on Princeton women's basketball team including niece
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Elvina Nawaguna COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, a hoops fanatic who relishes the annual March Madness college basketball tournaments, on Saturday cheered on the undefeated Princeton women's team that includes his niece Leslie Robinson as the school's fans chanted "four more years." Obama, an avid basketball player, attended Princeton's 80-70 NCAA Tournament victory over the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay at the XFINITY Center arena in the Washington suburb of College Park, Maryland. The president was joined by his daughter Malia, his brother-in-law Craig Robinson, a former Princeton basketball star, his mother-in-law Marian Robinson and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a former Harvard basketball star.
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Sports Briefing: Coach Out at Oregon State
NYTimes - almost 3 years
Oregon State fired Craig Robinson after six seasons without making the N.C.A.A. tournament.
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Obama watches as Oregon State stuns Maryland 90-83
Yahoo News - over 3 years
President Barack Obama stayed to the end of a thrilling game and Oregon State rewarded him with a surprising victory, holding off Maryland 90-83 Sunday night. Beavers coach Craig Robinson is the older brother of Michelle Obama, who sat with her husband, the couple's two daughters and Marian Robinson, the first lady's mother. Craig Robinson usually arranges to bring his team to the Washington area around Thanksgiving, which enables him to visit family and provide the Oregon State a White House tour. The business aspect of this trip could not have gone better for the coach and Oregon State (2-1).
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Pac-12 basketball coaches say the conference is improved
LATimes - about 4 years
The Pac-12 had only two teams qualify for the NCAA tournament last season, but coaches say there is more optimism this year as conference play begins. Arizona is unbeaten, and UCLA and Oregon have quality victories. Oregon State men's basketball Coach Craig Robinson says he has a gut feeling about the Pac-12 Conference.
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Oregon State gets 25 points from Ahmad Starks, falls short in 84-78 loss to No. 10 Kansas
Fox News - about 4 years
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson was curious.
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Cunningham Declares For NBA Draft
KDRV - almost 5 years
Courtesy: OSU Sports Information   CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State junior guard Jared Cunningham announced on Monday that he will enter the 2012 NBA Draft. "This was a very difficult decision," Cunningham said. "But I felt like I had to do what was best for me and my future. My dream has always been to play in the NBA and I'm ready to pursue that dream. I thank my teammates, my coaches and the training staff that helped me get to this chapter in my life. I also want to thank Beaver Nation for the love and support that they have shown me during my three years at Oregon State. I will always be a Beaver and I wish great success to the team in the future." "I just want to say that we are really proud of Jared and excited for his opportunity," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. "All of us - the team, the staff and hopefully Beaver fans - will be rooting for him. It has been really fun coaching Jared. He was part of my first recruiting class here and has really made a lot ...
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OSU men's basketball: Beavers lose 2nd straight game in OT
Gazette Times - about 5 years
TUCSON, Ariz. - Oregon State coach Craig Robinson has a tough task.
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THE NEW SEASON | MOVIES; October Release Schedule
NYTimes - over 5 years
OCTOBER Oct. 5 HELL AND BACK AGAIN Danfung Dennis’s documentary follows Nathan Harris, a 25-year-old Marine sergeant, as he returns to life in small town North Carolina after being seriously wounded in Afghanistan. Oct. 6 THE NINE MUSES The British filmmaker John Akomfrah combines Greek mythology, views of the Alaskan landscape, archival
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Rick Perry Under Fire by Republican Rivals for Requiring HPV Vaccine for Girls
NYTimes - over 5 years
An unlikely issue — whether to vaccinate preadolescent girls against a sexually transmitted virus — has become the latest flashpoint among Republican presidential candidates as they vie for the support of social conservatives and Tea Party members. The issue exploded Monday night when Representative Michele Bachmann and former Senator
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Craig Robinson Begins Role as Chief Diversity Officer for NBC Universal - The Rafu Shimpo
Google News - over 5 years
NEW YORK — Craig Robinson, president and general manager of KNBC, the NBC-owned television station in Los Angeles, officially began his new role as executive vice president/chief diversity officer for NBC Universal on Aug. 19
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OSU Basketball Non-Conference Schedule Features Texas, Montana, Hofstra - Building the Dam
Google News - over 5 years
Craig Robinson and Oregon State announced the 2011-2012 Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule today, and it is one of the toughest that Beaver fans have seen in recent memory. Instead of filling the slate with the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's and
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Evaluating the warmth of Craig Robinson's hot seat - Searching for Billy Edelin
Google News - over 5 years
And then there was that other thing, you know, the massive elephant in the room: An abysmal 0-19 record against Pac-10 opponents. Make no mistake, four years ago the Oregon State Beavers were doing everything
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Coach Craig Collects A 2013 Commit - Building the Dam
Google News - over 5 years
Oregon St., and basketball coach Craig Robinson, has received a verbal commit for the 2013 recruiting classs from junior to be LJ Westbrook from North Salem High in Salem, OR. Westbrook is a 6'3" point guard, who averaged 14.8 ppg for the Vikings in
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Trailer Watch - 'Father of Invention' With Kevin Spacey & Craig Robinson - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Here's the trailer for the new comedy coming out this fall Father of Invention, starring Kevin Spacey, with Craig Robinson. In the film, Spacey plays an inventor just released from prison for causing serious injury to thousands of people due to his ... - -
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First lady, daughter pay Oregon visit - The Register-Guard
Google News - over 5 years
While local authorities kept mum, a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama confirmed Monday that the first lady is in the Willamette Valley this week to visit her brother, Oregon State University basketball coach Craig Robinson. ... - -
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Craig Robinson Tapped as NBCU's EVP, Chief Diversity Officer - Reuters
Google News - over 5 years
Craig Robinson has been chosen as NBC Universal's new EVP, Chief Diversity Officer, the company announced. Robinson had previously served as president and general manager of Los Angeles station KNBC. ... - -
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Bachmann Overtakes Romney in New Iowa Poll - Fox News
Google News - over 5 years
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has surpassed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in a recent Iowa poll that was conducted by TheIowaRepublican.com. With Bachmann now leading in Iowa, ... - -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Craig Robinson
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 53
    The Milwaukee Bucks hired Robinson as vice president of player and organizational development on August 15, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details There he began to work broadcasting games and doing studio work on ESPNU.
  • 2014
    Age 51
    On May 5, 2014, Robinson was fired from his position as the Oregon State men's head basketball coach.
    More Details Hide Details He was given a $4 million buyout of the three remaining years on his contract.
    In March 2014, the Pac-12 announced that Robinson would coach an all-star basketball team that would tour China in August.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 49
    Prior to the 2012–2013 season, Robinson characterized his squad as "probably the best team I've had."
    More Details Hide Details But the Beavers went in the opposite direction by suffering one of their worst seasons ever, with a penchant for second-half collapses and end-of-game failures. Attendance at Gill Coliseum fell to half capacity and the student section lost enthusiasm. The team finished with a dead-last 4–14 record in the conference and a 14–18 mark overall. Fans began calling for a change in coaches, but the university athletic director said, "Coach Robinson is our coach, and this administration is in full support of him." Following the season, Robinson appeared on the CBS Sports Network as a studio analyst during the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship tournament. The 2013–2014 season saw the team improve to a 16–16 mark overall but have its sixth consecutive losing season in the conference. The team faced the loss of all five of its starters and its five top scorers following the season, due to graduation, transfers, and the like. The team had failed to make the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship or the National Invitation Tournament during Robinson's tenure. His overall 93–104 record did make him the fourth-winningest coach in team history.
    In June 2012, construction began on a $15 million basketball practice facility that Robinson and previous coaches had long been campaigning for.
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  • 2011
    Age 48
    The 2011–2012 season saw a Robinson-era best for overall wins, 21, including a pair in the 2012 College Basketball Invitational, but a fourth consecutive losing record within the conference.
    More Details Hide Details It was the highest win total for the team since 1990, and the completion of it saw star guard Jared Cunningham leaving after his junior season and being selected in the NBA Draft, the first Beaver to be drafted in over a decade.
    The Obamas showed their support for Robinson by attending an Oregon State game against Towson in November 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 47
    In April 2010, Robinson published his memoir, A Game of Character: A Family Journey from Chicago's Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond.
    More Details Hide Details The 2010–2011 season was one of regression for Oregon State, with the team falling to a 5–13, ninth-place finish in the conference and a sharply losing record overall. However Robinson professed to not being overly worried or disappointed, saying he was encouraged by the development of some of the underclassmen.
    In March 2010, shortly before the end of the season, the university and Robinson agreed on a two-year contract extension that would keep him in place through the 2015–16 season.
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    Despite the losing record, the team was invited to defend their championship at the 2010 College Basketball Invitational, but lacked focus and energy and were beaten easily in the first round, leaving them with an overall season record of 14–18.
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  • 2009
    Age 46
    In July 2009, President Obama alluded to the possibility of Robinson coaching elsewhere, by saying: "Craig Robinson is an outstanding coach....
    More Details Hide Details Anybody in Oregon and anybody who knows sports knows he turned it around. He loves Corvallis and I'm sure that as a young, successful coach he's going to start getting offers." Oregon State's 2009–10 season featured an inconsistent level play in a conference dominated by parity, leading to an 8–10 regular season conference record for a tie for fifth place. They then lost in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament.
    The team was indeed accepted into the 2009 College Basketball Invitational, where it went on to post a 5–1 record and captured its first post-season tournament championship ever with a final series victory over the UTEP Miners.
    More Details Hide Details Of the win, Robinson said, "I can't tell you how proud I am of these guys.... This is a great story for anybody." The Beavers finished with an 18–18 record for the season, and had what Rivals.com deemed a top-25 recruiting class as well.
    Oregon State got off to a fairly good start in Robinson's first year, starting with a 6–6 record; a January 2009 conference win over USC broke a nearly two-year Pac-10 losing streak and earned Robinson a congratulatory call from then-President-elect Obama.
    More Details Hide Details Robinson continued his tough love approach, tailored to strengthening each player's weaknesses. After that first win, Robinson's team won another six Pac-10 games, exceeding expectations for his first year on the job given that his personnel was essentially unchanged from the team's prior year. One key was that the offensive system he installed raised the team's collective field goal percentage almost 10 points. Some commentators felt he was deserving of consideration for the Pac-10 Coach of the Year award, and by late February Robinson had hopes of the team getting a bid from one of the postseason tournaments.
  • 2008
    Age 45
    He was also on stage following Obama's victory speech in Grant Park after his election as president on November 4, 2008.
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    He introduced his sister Michelle before her speech on August 25, 2008, the first night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, which gave him his largest national exposure.
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    He assisted his brother-in-law throughout the latter's 2008 presidential campaign, including campaigning for him during the Iowa caucuses and campaigning and giving speeches for him in a number of other states, sometimes combining campaigning with recruiting visits.
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    On April 7, 2008, Robinson was hired as the Oregon State Beavers' head basketball coach following the team's winless Pacific-10 Conference record and overall 6–25 mark the year before. (Jesse Agel, Robinson's assistant of two years, took over Robinson's former position at Brown).
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  • 2006
    Age 43
    A fifth-place placing with a strong finish to the season garnered Robinson the Ivy League men's basketball Coach of the Year for the 2006–2007 season by Basketball-U.com.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, the Brown Bears finished second in the league, and their 19 wins for the season was a team record.
    He then became a head coach at Brown University in 2006, where he ran a variation of the Princeton offense which he learned from Pete Carril during his years at Princeton.
    More Details Hide Details In improving a mid-level basketball program, he stressed work ethic, used tough love, and tried to improve the players' vocabulary.
    Robinson remarried in June 2006, to his wife Kelly.
    More Details Hide Details They became parents of sons Austin in 2010 and Aaron in 2012. His daughter Leslie, as of March 2015, is a freshman forward on the Princeton Tigers women's basketball team. Robinson returned to coaching in 1999, making one-tenth his former salary. He was an assistant for six years to Bill Carmody at Northwestern University, where he was an effective recruiter.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 37
    By 2000, Robinson was going through a divorce.
    More Details Hide Details Robinson has two children from his first marriage, a son Avery (born 1992) and daughter Leslie (born 1996).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 29
    He was then a vice president, from 1992 to 1999, at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.
    More Details Hide Details Later he was a managing director and partner at Loop Capital Markets, a minority-owned boutique investment banking firm. He kept a hand in basketball, by doing area scouting for Princeton and coaching one year at University of Chicago High School. He earned a high six-figure income in his business career, but eventually decided the financial world had lost its appeal, and found his luxury lifestyle was not enough to save his marriage.
  • 1990
    Age 27
    He became a vice president at Continental Bank and worked there from 1990 to 1992.
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  • 1988
    Age 25
    He played professionally for the Manchester Giants in the British Basketball League for two seasons, and returned to the U.S. in 1988 to become an assistant coach at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a position he held until 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Robinson left basketball partly on the advice of his Princeton coach Pete Carril and pursued a business degree, earning an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1992. His sister Michelle had begun dating her law firm colleague, Barack Obama, who played basketball recreationally. She asked her brother to play with Obama and give her a character assessment so that she would know whether she could become serious with him. He gave an encouraging report to her. As he later related, "When I played basketball with Barack, he was quietly confident, which means he had good self-esteem without being cocky. He was certainly a team player – he wasn't a pig, he passed when he was supposed to pass, and he cut when he was supposed to cut. To me, that speaks to a lack of selfishness. He had natural leadership ability, because he didn't just pass me the ball because he was dating my sister. Whenever a player gets tired, he reverts to the player he truly is. That's how you tell. And we played for hours. That's how I could tell." The story of this pick-up game and of a 'test' being passed became a key part of the Obama narrative. Robinson worked in the 1990s as a bond trader.
  • 1983
    Age 20
    Robinson was drafted in the fourth round of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, but never played in the league.
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    He graduated in 1983 with a B.A. in Sociology.
    More Details Hide Details His senior thesis was on social stratification in prisons. Robinson and former teammate John W. Rogers, Jr. were among those invited to practice with Michael Jordan as he prepared for his comeback.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    Age 18
    Robinson, who stands and played forward, was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year at Princeton University, in 1981–1982 and 1982–1983, leading the league in field goal percentage both years.
    More Details Hide Details He is the fourth highest scorer in school history.
  • 1979
    Age 16
    He attended the parochial Mount Carmel High School, graduating in 1979 as class valedictorian.
    More Details Hide Details When he was considering what college to go to, his father insisted that he attend Princeton University for its superior academic reputation, rather than either the University of Washington or Purdue University, which offered scholarships and major conference play.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Robinson was born on April 21, 1962, in DeYoung, Illinois, to Fraser Robinson, a city water plant employee and Democratic precinct captain, and Marian Robinson (née Shields), a secretary at Spiegel's catalog store.
    More Details Hide Details He grew up in the South Shore community area of Chicago, with his sister Michelle, who was 22 months younger. He learned to read by the age of four at home, and skipped the second grade in school.
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