CORVALLIS -- Montana coach Wayne Tinkle will be named head basketball coach at Oregon State University, sources tell KGW sports analyst John Canzano.
Canzano said an announcement was expected to be made Monday but school officials told KGW that something could be scheduled for mid-week.
Tinkle, a graduate of Montana, has taken the Grizzlies to three NCAA tournaments and played professional ball overseas, Canzano said on KGW's Sports Sunday program.
Wayne Tinkle will be announced as the men's basketball coach at Oregon State on Monday.— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) May 19, 2014
Here’s some Tres Tinkle video while we wait… junior who was Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2014: http://t.co/Ygu9wPpoTq— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) May 19, 2014
A plus for Oregon State is that his son 6 foot 7 son Tres, likely will play for Oregon State, Canzano said.
Tinkle would replace Craig Robinson, fired after six seasons.
Athletic director Bob DeCarolis also interviewed Damon Stoudamire twice but wanted a candidate with head coaching experience, not an assistant, Canzano reports.
Canzano said DeCarolis cannot afford to make a hiring mistake.
"Wasn't too long ago that Oregon State had one of the best all-time records in college basketball," said Canzano, who also writes a column for Oregonian. "It's a proud fan base, who remembers Gary Payton and Steve Johnson and the program has fallen too far, too fast. The Beavers have become irrelevant."