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Could the team named after the first president get a visit from the current president?

According to a brief mention in this Oregonian story, Oregon State will travel to Washington to play George Washington next season (HT: GWHoops.com). The Beavers are coached by Craig Robinson, whose sister, first lady Michelle Obama, resides about six blocks away from Smith Center in the White House. This is highly speculative, but perhaps President Obama, a noted basketball enthusiast, will drop by to see how his brother-in-law's team is faring.

There is precedent both against and for such a presidential visit. Last November, Robinson and Oregon State opened their season with a 47-45 loss to Howard at Burr Gymnasium. Barack Obama, who had been elected president 11 days earlier, was not in attendance.

However, on Feb. 4, 1995, President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea made the trip down F Street NW to see GW upset No. 1 Massachusetts, 78-75. After the game, Clinton visited both locker rooms and told the Colonials: "I was really proud of you. . . . It was an honor for me to be here."


By Matt Bonesteel  |  April 16, 2009; 3:54 PM ET
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