By Joe Becker
Oregon State Basketball Coach Craig Robinson is still pinching himself a bit in what seems like a dream world. His sister Michelle Obama is moving into the White House with husband and President Elect Barack Obama...and Coach Robinson's Mom Marian is moving in as well.
"It's things like that makes this seem like a practical joke," said Robinson when I asked him about his mom living at the White House. "My wife and kids were talking," said Robinson, "So now we have to go see grandma at the White House. It sounds like somebody's telling a joke and you're waiting for the punch line."
It's no joke, It's history and Coach Robinson is a part of it.
"This is really the first time you can sit back and kind of soak it in and celebrate without having to make any speeches or worry about the outcome of something, " said Robinson.
"So, I'm not nervous. I'm very excited, very very excited."
He's also excited about his basketball team, because once again there is hope for Beaver fans. A year ago, OSU hit rock bottom going 0-18 in the Pac-10. The Beavers are less than three weeks into the conference schedule and already have a win over USC and went OT before losing to Washington St. on Thursday night. The Beavers already have as many wins as they had all last season and are 6-9.
"I'm proud of these guys and how hard they play and how tough they've gotten," Said Robinson, "because not one of them got recruited to play this way. They've sort of endured a lot of hardship during the last couple of years."
Yes, they are headed in the right direction and Coach Robinson is heading to the Presidential Inauguration next week for a piece of American History and of course, a meeting with Grandma.