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Report: Mack Brown adding Greg Robinson as UNC’s defensive coordinator

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It appears Mack Brown is not wasting much time putting his new coaching staff together in his return to North Carolina. Among the first hires he is making is Greg Robinson as defensive coordinator, according to a report from Football Scoop.

Brown and Robinson have a history, of course. Robinson has coached under Brown as a defensive coordinator at Texas on two separate occasions under Brown, first sharing the duties in 2004 before being named head coach at Syracuse and again in 2013.

Robinson has not coached since retiring from the role of defensive coordinator at San Jose State in 2015 after two years on the job.

No official announcement from UNC regarding the hiring of Robinson has been made at this time, but it would appear that could come at any time. In addition to Robinson, Football scoop reports former UNC player Dre Bly could be another addition to the coaching staff, helping out with cornerbacks.

It is important for Brown to get his staff assembled as quickly as possible as recruiting work is already underway. Until a coach is officially hired by a university, they may not participate in recruiting activities and planning for that school.

San Jose State announces retirement of DC Greg Robinson

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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.”

Manny Diaz is returning to Mississippi State as defensive corodinator

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Louisiana Tech defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is stepping back into the power conference fold. After one year on the job with the Bulldogs, Diaz is changing his collar and moving to Mississippi State to take on the defensive coordinator job with the SEC West program.

Multiple reports have surfaced Monday afternoon with word Diaz will make the move from Louisiana Tech to Mississippi State, thus rejoining the program he spent one season with, in 2010. Diaz was a defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for Mississippi State in 2010 before taking on the same duties for Mack Brown at Texas from 2011 through 2013. His stint at Texas was often criticized and frustrating. Diaz was removed from his job as defensive coordinator early in the 2013 season after BYU destroyed the Texas defense in Provo. He was replaced by Greg Robinson, and he resurfaced at Louisiana Tech for the 2014 season. He proved to be a key member of the turnaround for the Conference USA runners-up.

In 2010 with Mississippi State, Diaz coached the nation’s 22nd best scoring defense and one of the top run defense sin the country.

NFL Draft: Four SEC players in top 10 and Manziel still on the board

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Three SEC players went in the top ten and for the second season in a row a player from the MAC was drafted in the top five. Here is a quick rundown of the top ten picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.

1. Houston Texans: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Jadeveon Clowney was expected by many to be the first player drafted, and the Texans made him wait before the pick became official. Clowney is the fifth player from the SEC to be drafted number one overall since 2004.

2. St. Louis Rams: OT Greg Robinson, Auburn

For the first time since 2010 the top two picks in the NFL Draft came form the same conference. In 2010 it was Oklahoma and Nebraska accounting for the top four picks. Robinson is the first Auburn offensive tackle to go in the first round since Victor Riley in 1998.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Blake Bortles, UCF

Jacksonville pulled off the first puzzling draft decision of the night by drafting Bortles with the third overall pick. Bortles is now the highest draft pick and just the second first round draft pick in school history. The last UCF player to go in the first round was quarterback Daunte Culpepper in 1999.

4. Buffalo Bills (from Cleveland Browns): WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

For the second straight season a Clemson wide receiver was drafted in the first round. The Bills traded up to get the player who may be the best receiver in the draft and we will finally get a chance to see CJ Spiller and Watkins on the field at the same time.

5. Oakland Raiders: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

The MAC defensive star that seemingly came out of nowhere is the second MAC player in two seasons to go in the first five picks of the NFL Draft.

6. Atlanta Falcons: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

If you were curious why Johnny Manziel has been so effective for the Aggies, take a look at the draft. For the second straight season the Aggies sent an offensive linemen in the first ten picks of the draft (Luke Joeckel last year). Johnny Manziel sits waiting and sipping water in the back.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

Tampa Bay picks up one of the top wide receivers by choosing the second straight player out of Texas A&M. Evans is the first wide receiver in school history to be drafted in the first round.

8. Cleveland Browns (from Minnesota Vikings): CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

This may be the strangest move of the draft. For some reason the Browns, having already traded down earlier, felt it necessary to move up one pick in order to draft a cornerback. Justin Gilbert is a good player, but there does not seem to have been any sort of demand to make this move for Cleveland, but they are the Cleveland Browns after all.

9. Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo via Cleveland): LB Anthony Barr, UCLA

The Vikings passed on a chance to draft Manziel but do so by picking up a solid defensive addition in Barr. The Vikings could have used some help at quarterback, but adding Barr is not exactly a poor decision.

10. Detroit Lions: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina

The Lions already have a franchise quarterback so there was no need to make a move for Manziel. Instead they add what could be the best tight end prospect in the draft and give Matt Stafford a nice target to compliment the wide receivers already on the field.

Players by Conference: SEC (4), ACC (2), AAC (1), Big 12 (1), MAC (1), Pac-12 (1)