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Griz men’s basketball coach Wayne Tinkle has accepted a job with Oregon State University.

TOM BAUER/Missoulian

The University of Montana will move swiftly but meticulously on a national coaching search to replace former men’s basketball coach Wayne Tinkle, the university’s director of athletics said Tuesday.

“I know I speak for all Griz fans in thanking Wayne for his commitment to the University of Montana,” said Haslam, who is on a public relations tour with the Grizzly Scholarship Association in Great Falls. “It is always difficult to see a coach leave, but I wish Wayne and Lisa nothing but the best. I know they will be successful.”

Tinkle guided the Grizzlies to three NCAA tournament appearances in his eight-year tenure at his alma mater. Hewas named the head coach at Oregon State on Monday.

“We move forward now with the search for our new head men’s basketball coach,” Haslam said in a news release. “We will move swiftly, but I also want to be thorough. The University of Montana is a great place to work, and I know we will attract a number of well-qualified candidates. My vision is for a coach that understands the full scope of being a leader, including a commitment to athletic excellence, academic success, and community service.”

Oregon State is expected to introduce Tinkle as its new coach in a news conference on Wednesday in Corvallis, Oregon. Tinkle will replace Craig Robinson, who was fired May 5 after six seasons with an overall record of 94-105.

​Reach the Missoulian newsroom at @missoulian, at newsdesk@missoulian.com or at (406) 523-5240

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