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November 5, 2008 at 8:30 PM

President’s brother-in-law now UW rival

The election of Barack Obama had some special significance for Pac-10 basketball coaches as it means that nine of them now have to face off against the President’s brother-in-law — new Oregon State coach Craig Robinson.
Here’s a good story from the Oregonian today detailing Robinson’s historical day spent with his brother-in-law — and how he was back in Corvallis this afternoon leading a practice.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar said today that Obama’s election can’t help but aid in Robinson’s efforts to turn around the Beavers.
“Everyone will certainly know who he is,” Romar said. “That always helps, when people at least know who you are.”
But obviously, the election of Obama is a lot bigger than anything related to basketball.
“It’s a world-changing event, history-making,” Romar said. “I think for minorities in general, it gives you tremendous hope that this country really will give you an opportunity to be able to reach your dreams, and I think that’s great.”
Romar said that includes shooting for the dream he himself reached — becoming a basketball coach.
“If the President is African-American, I don’t know what else could be more difficult to attain than that,” Romar said. “So everything below that, there is a chance.”

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