Suspended Oregon State forward Victor Robbins will serve an “extended suspension” after being cited for DUI over the weekend, head coach Wayne Tinkle announced in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

That means Robbins’ suspension will extend past his initially scheduled return Feb. 19 against No. 11 Utah. The release, however, does not indicate an updated return date.

“We know that he has some issues that he has to work through, and we feel that by removing basketball from the equation for the time being, it will allow him to put the focus where he needs to,” Tinkle said in the release. “We are going to continue with our academic support, financial aid and all of those things.”

Tinkle added that OSU has a “structure in place” for Robbins, who is eight games into a 10-game suspension for violating athletic department policy. He was stopped in his black Toyota at the corner of NW 21st Street and SW Monroe Ave. in Corvallis early Sunday morning for speeding and swerving in his lane, according to the Oregon State police log. He consented to a field sobriety test and performed poorly. 

Robbins, 20, was then transported to the Benton County Jail, per the log. He recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.13 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. Robbins has a listed bail of $12,500.

“We are going to keep our arms around him and make sure that he follows the steps that he needs to and be there to support him,” Tinkle said. “But we felt that by taking basketball away for the time being is really going to allow him to channel his efforts where he needs to.”

The 6-foot-7, 197-pound junior was enjoying a breakout campaign before getting suspended last month. After totaling just 22 minutes over Craig Robinson’s last 20 OSU games last season, Robbins had settled in as the sixth man of an upstart Beavers team.

At the time of his suspension, he was third on the squad at 10.3 points per game and was averaging a team-high 12.7 points over the past seven contests.

This marks Robbins’ second OSU suspension. Midway through his freshman year, he was suspended three games for an unspecified violation of team rules.

The Beavers are 5-3 this season without Robbins. Given Wednesday’s news, the Beavers must continue making due with a shallow bench after their Southern California road swing this week. Only one available reserve — forward Jarmal Reid — is averaging more than 6.9 minutes per game.

“We are all pulling for him,” Tinkle said. “I know that our team is as well, and we are going to move forward.”

Tinkle has adjusted his approach this season to keep players fresh. He gives OSU extra days of rest when necessary. In recent weeks, he has shorted 90-minute practices 75. He also tries to limit how much players run up and down court during workouts.

Still, fatigue could play a factor over the stretch run of the Beavers’ season. Two starters — guards Gary Payton II and Malcolm Duvivier — are second and eighth, respectively, in the Pac-12, in minutes per game.

OSU (16-7, 7-4 Pac-12) faces UCLA in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Robbins did not make the trip.

— Connor Letourneau
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