Oregon State Hoops Hope for Change They Can Believe In

Obama brother-in-law takes over losing team
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2008 1:35 PM CST
Oregon State men's basketball coach Craig Robinson, who is also the brother-in-law of President elect Barack Obama, watches Calvin Hayes during practices in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday Nov 5, 2008.   (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama isn't the only man in his family to face the daunting task of taking the helm of a struggling institution. The New York Times reports that brother-in-law Craig Robinson returns from stumping for Obama to his day job—coaching the Oregon State men's basketball team back from a 21-game losing streak. “Before this whole economy thing, I would have said that we had a bigger rebuilding job,” Robinson says.

While some think that Robinson's connections may unfairly draw recruits to Oregon State, the coach's history shows a careful separation of sports and politics. As a man who left a lucrative finance career to follow his passion, Robinson's priorities are clear. "This is about the rest of their life," he says of leading his team.