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Heard something on the radio this morning that gave me pause and made me realize, again, just how hard things have been for Oregon State's basketball program since Ralph Miller retired as coach following the 1989 season.

"We've only had eight coaches in the program's history," Kansas coach Bill Self told radio host Jim Rome. "Some schools have had eight since 1990."

That made the abacus in my head spring into action:

Jimmy Anderson, Eddie Payne, Ritchie McKay, Jay John, Kevin Mouton, Craig Robinson and now Wayne Tinkle. That's seven since 1990 -- after the school needed only three between 1929 and 1989: Slats Gill, Paul Valenti and Miller.

I think Tinkle will in time prove to be a solid hire -- of course I will admit to having at times thought the same thing about others -- but I regret to say that going the 2014-15 season without winning a game seems a real possibility.

My gut tells me the Beavers won't go zero for the year; however, I was on hand Friday to watch a Division II Western Oregon club whose main strength seemed to be simple aggressiveness handle OSU wire to wire.

So be patient with Tinkle, especially this year, and with his club. Help is on the way for next season, but the 2014-15 campaign figures to try his and his players' souls.

Follow Steve Lundeberg on Twitter, @AnyGivenLundy, or email him at steve.lundeberg@lee.net.

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