As November rolls around, it marks the start of the college basketball season but this year it is important for another reason that’s a little bigger than the start of a sports season, the 2012 Presidential Election.
Craig Robinson, Oregon State’s head basketball coach, along with every other coach in the country is working towards preparing his team for the upcoming season but he has one other thing on his mind and it has to do with his in-laws. Robinson is the older brother of Michelle Obama, which makes him one of the most important brother-in-laws in the country. It was a very hot topic at today’s Pac 12 media days and rightfully so with the upcoming Election Day just around the corner.
As the election season hits its most crucial point in the next week Robinson has another role besides being the head coach in Corvallis and that’s to support his sister’s campaign efforts. He’s done a good job separating his basketball life and his campaign life up to this point but media members wanted to know where he’ll be on Election Day.
“That’s classified,” Robinson joked, before revealing his true whereabouts. “I will be in Chicago for Election Night.”
As far as his team goes, they won’t be let off the hook despite his lofty status within the Obama campaign. On Election Day they will be hard at work preparing for their season opener that is just three days after November 6.
“Are you kidding me? We have a game on Nov. 9!” Robinson answered, when asked about practicing on Election Day. “We are practicing Tuesday… from now until our first game.”
He mentioned that he believes that it will be a very close election but he also said he was biased. It would be hard for him not to be biased but it was still interesting to hear what he had to say on the subject due to his affiliation.
Oregon State is looking to improve on a 21-15 record from last season, which included a surprise trip to the semi-finals game in the Pac 12 Tournament and two wins in the CBI post season tournament. They lost their best player from last year, Jared Cunningham, but they should still be very competitive in the conference again this year.