Oregon State has fired head coach Craig Robinson, Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated is reporting.
Why is that news in Maryland? Other than the fact that Robinson's brother-in-law is the President of the United States and the Beavers defeated Maryland, 90-83, in November at Comcast Center, one former Terrapin is now without a head coach.
It was announced officially by the school last week that Nick Faust would transfer to Oregon State, which presents an interesting situation. He is now slated to be on the opposite coast of the United States waiting to play for a coach in 2015-16 that he likely did not meet with during his recruitment.
In an interview with OregonLive.com after the announcement, he highlighted his ties to Robinson as a major factor in the decision to head west.
"It was just the relationship I had with Coach, and the trust we had," Faust said. "At the end of the day, my visit (this past weekend) was a great experience. It was a great campus, and it was something that was new for me. It felt like home. I trust Coach, and it felt good knowing that Coach puts his trust in me."
He was then asked if there were any fears that Robinson could be let go.
"No, we're not worried about that," he said.
Even so, Oregon State would give Faust what he seeks if he stays, which is a fresh start in a place where he will have the opportunity to be a featured piece of the offense. The program will be rebuilding, yes, especially now that it has parted ways with Robinson.
Star guard Roberto Nelson has expended his eligibility, as has forward Devon Collier. Fellow forward Eric Moreland declared for the NBA Draft last month and promising guard Hallice Cooke decided to transfer.
A year from we're not sure exactly what the program will look like in Corvallis, but one prediction if Faust remains there--a lot of shots for a former Baltimore standout now in the Pac-12.