Oregon State coach Craig Robinson is taking a couple of days off for good reason.
Following games this week against Washington and Washington State, then a planned practice on Sunday, Robinson will be headed east to attend his brother-in-law's inauguration as the nation's 44th president.
Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony will be held Tuesday. Michelle Obama is Robinson's little sister.
``It is a truly humbling and honoring experience to be a part of it as a citizen of the United States - let alone the fact that the principals are family members,'' Robinson said.
Oregon State (6-8, 1-3) hosts Washington State at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis on Thursday night, the completes the Pac-10 homestand on Saturday against the Huskies.
t the team in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Beavers are set to visit California and Stanford.
Earlier this month, Obama gave Robinson a congratulatory call when the Beavers beat Southern California, ending a 23-game Pac-10 losing streak.
Robinson is in his first season with the Beavers. Last season, Oregon State became the first Pac-10 team to finish the regular season without a conference victory since the league expanded in 1978.
Robinson actively campaigned for his brother-in-law and introduced his sister at the Democratic National Convention. He was on stage with his family in Chicago on election night.
Robinson was asked this week where he would be if a game conflicted with the inauguration festivities. He said he'd stick with the Beavers, but his sister might not be pleased with such a decision.
``My sister probably would have killed me,'' he joked.
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