San Jose State will be kicking off the bowl fun later today, but this will be the final game coached by defensive coordinator Greg Robinson. San Jose State has announced Robinson will retire following Saturday’s Cure Bowl matchup with Georgia State.
“It dawned me (summer of 2015) when I was home and had my grandkids out from New York, I was having a great time,” Robinson said in a released statement. “As I was driving back to training camp, it was a killer for me leaving them. It was then I started thinking I want to be a part of all that. It’s wonderful time spent. You want to be remembered by your grandkids. That plays a big part of it.”
Robinson has been in the coaching game since 1975 as an assistant for the Pacific Tigers and has seen many stops along the way with Cal State Fullerton, NC State, UCLA, the New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns, Syracuse, Michigan and San Jose State. While many of those stops were to fill an assistant role, Syracuse gave Robinson a chance to be a head coach. It did not go so well, with Robinson going a woeful 5-37, with a 2-25 mark in Big East play, between 2005 and 2008. Syracuse was stripped of five wins due to NCAA sanctions under Robinson’s watch in his first two years on the job.
After being fired by Syracuse with one year left on his contract in 2008, Robinson resurfaced quickly as an assistant at Michigan under former head coach Rich Rodriguez to replace Scott Shafer, who ironically moved to Syracuse to join Robinson’s successor, Doug Marrone, and ultimately became the head coach of the Orange after Marrone moved to the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. Shafer was let go by Syracuse in this coaching carousel cycle. Robinson was let go following the firing of Rodriguez in 2011. After a year coaching high school, Robinson was added to the Texas staff as an analyst. He was promoted to defensive cooridnator just a few weeks into the 2013 season following the sudden removal of Manny Diaz following an embarrassing loss to BYU. Robinson was once again out of a job in Austin following a coaching change at Texas that replaced Mack Brown with Charlie Strong, who brought his own staff with him. Robinson joined the San Jose State staff last December.
“I suspect I’ll always find a role in football. To what extent, I don’t know,” says Robinson. “If I can work from home and be truly helpful to a team, I think I would be very happy doing that. I have to test the waters and see what kind of plan I can put together. It’s also a good time for Laura (Robinson’s wife) and I to do a little traveling.”