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OSU men's hoops responds to tournament cancellation

Despite ending their season on a game-winning shot in the Pac-12 Tournament, the Beavers did not have the season ending they expected. Hear from OSU head coach Wayne Tinkle on the team's reaction to the coronavirus impact.

Posted: Mar 14, 2020 6:35 PM

Eugene, OR. -- A lot of college basketball teams won’t get their one shining moment this March. However, Jarod Lucas’ game-winning shot in the final seconds of the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament was Oregon State’s one shining moment.

Despite cancellations of the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments due to coronavirus threats, the Beavers (18-13, 7-11) can hold their heads high, as they finished the 2019-20 season with a two-point victory over Utah. The win advanced OSU to a quarterfinal matchup against the Ducks. But, the Tinkle father-son duo will not get another opportunity to take the court together.

"My daughter Joslyn put into that perspective. She said 'dad I was a part of three final four teams. We ended every one of our years with a loss and it was devastating. Not just with this team but with your son, you can say not only did you win our last game and it was in the Pac-12 Tournament, but what a way that you won it.’ That's going to be a great memory and it will help through this transition of not having the opportunity to coach Tres anymore,” said head coach Wayne Tinkle.

On Friday the NCAA Committee granted another year of eligibility to thousands of college athletes whose spring seasons were abruptly cut short. As for the winter athletes, specifically basketball players, their futures are still in question. The NCAA is exploring the possibility to provide similar relief to those players. Wayne Tinkle finds positives in either way the committee decides.

“With regards to the spring sports, it makes total sense,” said Tinkle. “For the winter sports, it’s a shame that we missed out on the postseason. So much magic is made from the postseason. I would fully support [granting another year of eligibility]. But with how we run our program, we try and tie in life lessons through the game of basketball. A lot of times you don’t get any do-overs in life and it’s tough. I see that side of it too.”

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