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Craig Robinson set to dominate the airwaves

4/19/2010

Being Michelle Obama's brother has often thrust Craig Robinson onto a stage previously unknown to Oregon State basketball coaches. Getting to speak at the Democratic National Convention wearing Oregon State colors, for example, was one neat way to promote the program.

Another, as we'll find out this week, is to hit the talk show circuit promoting the new book he's authored, "A Game of Character," with upcoming appearances that show off his range on shows like The View, Larry King Live, The Colbert Report and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The memoir, which is available for purchase beginning tomorrow, is a celebration of the people who've shaped Robinson's life, and according to an excerpt, he decided to write it on that very night he got on stage to introduce his sister to the world.

But it wasn’t until the waning minutes before my appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Denver on Monday night, August 25, 2008, that I made the conscious decision to put pen to paper. Of course, writing a book was the last thing that I needed to be thinking about at that particular time for me and my family, not to mention in those very moments while standing backstage -- where I was attempting to go through the equivalent of my pregame ritual that allows me, as a coach, to remove myself from the hubbub and become the calm within the storm for my players. But this night, for lack of a better description, was a whole other ball game!