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Syracuse hiring Greg Robinson, Texas co-D-coord


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I'm posting this since Texas in on the schedule in the fall. The article plays up the recommendation from Pete Carroll, since he's on top of the world right now.

Robinson was new to Texas this year. They also just lost Dick Tomey, who was also hired a year ago to help their defense. Tomey took the San Jose St. job a couple weeks ago. So Mack Brown has to get a new defensive coordinator for the second straight year (and the new guy won't have Derrick Johnson).


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Greg Robinson, co-defensive coordinator for the Texas Longhorns, will succeed Paul Pasqualoni as head coach of the Syracuse Orange, a newspaper reported Monday.

According to the Web site of the Dallas Morning News, which cited two sources close to the Texas program, Robinson was offered the job Monday and accepted after interviewing with new Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross in Los Angeles on Friday.

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Attempts to reach Gross for comment were unsuccessful. Syracuse University spokesman Kevin Morrow said he was unaware of any impending announcement by the school. Telephone messages left for Robinson and Texas coach Mack Brown by The Associated Press were not immediately returned Monday night.

Robinson, 53, fits the mold of the coach Gross said he was seeking -- defensive-minded with NFL experience and the intention of staying put. Robinson said when he arrived at Texas last year his ultimate goal was to become a college head coach and that he didn't want to return to the NFL.

Robinson spent 14 seasons in the NFL, including stints as defensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos, where he won Super Bowl rings in 1997 and 1998.

Gross, a former associate athletic director at USC, received a strong recommendation to hire Robinson from USC head football coach Pete Carroll.

Carroll, who recommended Robinson to Brown last year, played and coached with Robinson at Pacific and also coached with Robinson at North Carolina State from 1980-81 and the New York Jets from 1990-94.

Gross joined the USC staff in 1991 after working with the Jets as a scout for three years, so the two crossed paths briefly in the pro ranks.

Pasqualoni was fired Dec. 29 after 14 years.
Hopefully some NFL team will hire Norm Chow as an Offensive Coordinator. They should be able to pay him more than double what USC does, which I think is $550K.
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