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San Jose State confirms Greg Robinson hire

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An even 10 days after his likely hiring was reported, Greg Robinson has officially been added to the San Jose State coaching staff.

Robinson, the school announced Friday, has been hired as the Spartans new defensive coordinator.  Kenwick Thompson, the man Robinson will replace, left SJSU for a job at Vanderbilt.

The 62-year-old Robinson has an extensive career at both the collegiate and professional levels.  Following the firing of Manny Diaz early last season, Robinson took over as Texas’ defensive coordinator.  It was Robinson’s second stint in that role with the Longhorns, the first coming in 2004.

Fired as Syracuse’s head coach following the 2008 season (10-37 record), Robinson spent two rather unproductive years — unless you were the opposing offense — running Michigan’s defense under Rich Rodriguez.  The Wolverines were 82nd in total defense in 2009, 110th in 2010.  UM was 77th in scoring defense in 2009 and 108th in scoring defense in 2010.

From 1995-2003, Robinson was a coordinator in the NFL

In addition to the hiring of Robinson, head coach Ron Caragher announced Keith Carter has been added to the staff as offensive line coach and running game coordinator.  Carter spent the past two seasons as an offensive quality control coach with the Seattle Seahawks.

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5 Responses to “San Jose State confirms Greg Robinson hire”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 21, 2014 2:30 PM

    Have to say, the horns made a bit of a turnaround after Robinson came on last year…

    Did a decent job too of corralling some of the bigger offenses in the Big 12 too…

  2. thefiesty1 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:46 PM

    History says he will revert back to his days at Syracuse and Michigan. 10 games back at Texas was a surprise. But SJS better get ready for a decline in their D with his read and react too late scheme.

  3. burntorangehorn says: Feb 21, 2014 5:23 PM

    fiesty, why is it you’re always wrong?

    History does not say that. History pretty much never supports what you say about the program you follow. Greg Robinson has had one unsuccessful tenure as a DC in college football, and that was at Michigan. But if you look at who his head coach was, and look at what history actually says about him, you’ll see that Robinson actually did OK, all things considered.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Feb 21, 2014 6:33 PM

    You mean the worst defense in Michigan history. I guess it was Rich Rodriguez fault.

  5. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 21, 2014 10:18 PM

    @thefiesty1 – who was the DC when the horns won the national championship?

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