I liked Craig as a person. I met him a few times and he seemed like a good guy. His assistant coaches were really nice guys as well. I liked the way they treated players and looked for them to better themselves in their time at Oregon State.
I also felt like it was time for him to go. The class coming in is a solid one, Faust is a great pick up and if they can hire someone to lure Cook back, if that is even allowed, then I think this is necessary and while odd, I think it is coming at the right time.
That being said, I am glad that Craig was here. While the record was not stellar by any stretch, no one wanted the job when he got here, and with facility upgrades and talent upgrades still evident, the job is a heck of a lot more attractive than it was before. In some ways, his losing may help the next guy just as it helped him because the bar will be set low at first and whoever comes in can be certain they will get time to establish their system, no less than four years, and will get support from the administration and the fans at first. Craig didn’t accomplish the goal he was hired for, but he did elevate the program, at least physically, to a level that many coaches will take a chance on. That was not the case six years ago.