October 9, 1951 |
Los Angeles, California
|Position(s)||Linebacker, center, tight end|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Pacific (Assistant coach)
Cal State Fullerton (Assistant)
NC State (Assistant)
New York Jets (DL)
New York Jets (DC)
Denver Broncos (DC)
Kansas City Chiefs (DC)
Syracuse (Head coach)
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
Greg Robinson (born October 9, 1951 in Los Angeles, California) is the defensive coordinator for the Longhorns at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he was the defensive coordinator for Michigan, and the head coach of the Syracuse Orange football team from 2005 until 2008. Robinson also served as the co-defensive coordinator at the University of Texas during the 2004 season. Prior to his role at Texas, he was defensive coordinator for three teams in the National Football League: the Kansas City Chiefs under Dick Vermeil, the Denver Broncos under Mike Shanahan, where his team won two Super Bowl championships in 1997 and 1998, and the New York Jets under Pete Carroll.
Robinson was hired as head coach of the Orange in January 2005 after the firing of head coach Paul Pasqualoni, who had been Syracuse's head coach since 1991. On November 17, 2008, with the Orange reeling from their fourth straight losing season under Robinson, and their only double-digit losing seasons in program history, it was announced that he would be fired from his coaching duties at the end of the season. He finished his tenure with a 10–37 record overall, and a 3–25 record in the Big East. Robinson finished up with the worst record in the history of the program.
Off work in 2012 Robinson served as an assistant coach to Saint Francis High School (La Cañada Flintridge). Saint Francis is coached by Jim Bonds who was a quarterback at UCLA when Robinson was an assistant coach.
In 2012, Athlon Sports named Robinson as the sixth worst college football head coach of the last 50 years.
At the end of week 2 of the 2013 season, after the University of Texas suffered an embarrassing 40-21 upset loss to BYU when BYU amassed record rushing yards against the Texas defense, the defensive coordinator, Manny Diaz was replaced by Robinson. Robinson had been serving as a video analyst for Texas at the time of his hiring.
Robinson graduated from Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield, California; then attended and played at Bakersfield College, a junior college, before transferring to the University of Pacific. Following his hiring Robinson was praised by the Syracuse community for his public speaking abilities and likable personality.
During his collegiate coaching career, Robinson was an assistant coach at North Carolina State University, Cal State Fullerton, UCLA and his alma mater, the University of the Pacific, in addition to his roles at both the University of Texas and Syracuse University.
Robinson's tenure as defensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos occurred during their Super Bowl (XXXII & XXXIII) seasons in 1997 and 1998.Robinson's Bronco defense played superbly during the 1998 playoff run. The Broncos defense held the Miami Dolphins scoreless in the divisional playoffs, allowed only a touchdown as a result of a fumble on the one yard line against the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game, and then allowed a single touchdown to the Atlanta Falcons in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl after the outcome was secure.
The team under Robinson's tenure started in a fundamental rebuilding stage, as several new assistants were also replaced upon Pasqualoni's departure. As such, Robinson installed a new West Coast offense scheme, replacing the option run style of offense previously run by Pasqualoni, as well as new defensive schemes. Robinson had a 10–37 overall record, and a 3–25 record in the Big East, which is the lowest winning percentage in a four-year span for the program. Two out of those four years, Robinson led the team into double-digit losing seasons, the only double-digit losing seasons in program history. By contrast, Pasqualoni only had one losing season in his entire career at Syracuse and only two in his head coaching career (a 2-7 season at Western Connecticut his rookie year).
In his final press conference as Syracuse coach, after the Orange had concluded a fourth straight losing campaign (3-9), Robinson likened his relentless positivity to the famous children's story The Little Engine That Could, even pausing to read a description of the story directly from Wikipedia's page of The Little Engine That Could. Robinson, in the words of one reporter "defiant as always and perhaps in a bit of denial", told the assembled press that in spite of his shortcomings at Syracuse, "I still think I can."
Early in the 2008 campaign, the decline of Syracuse football was the subject of an ESPN College Gameday piece in which Syracuse Athletic Director Dr. Daryl Gross, and Syracuse greats Floyd Little and Jim Brown registered their disgust with Robinson. Robinson was fired November 17, 2008, two games before the end of the season. He had one year left on a contract that paid him $1.1 million per season.
Robinson was hired by Michigan on January 20, 2009 as their defensive coordinator, replacing Scott Shafer. In 2009, Michigan ranked 82nd of 120 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision and 9th of 11 teams in the Big Ten in total defense. In 2010, the Wolverines ranked 110th of 120 teams in FBS and 11th of 11 teams in the Big Ten in total defense.
Robinson was fired with head coach Rich Rodriguez and the majority of his staff on January 5, 2011.
Robinson was hired by Texas on July 17, 2013 as a football analyst to "handle quality control evaluation for the team, provide team video review, oversee the Longhorns self-scouting and provide assistance in opponent scouting." On September 8, 2013, a day after the Longhorn's defense, under defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, allowed BYU 550 rushing yards, Robinson was promoted to the position of defensive coordinator.
Head coaching record
|Syracuse Orange (Big East Conference) (2005–2008)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
- With football program at lowest point, Syracuse fires Robinson, ESPN.com, November 17, 2008, Accessed November 17, 2008.
- Lassan, Steve. "20 Worst College Football Tenures of the Last 50 Years". Athlon Sports. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- "Storytime with Greg Robinson". Retrieved 2010-12-09.
- "College Gameday, September 20, 2008". ESPN.
- "Topic Galleries". Chicago Tribune.
- "Robinson named football analyst".
|New York Jets Defensive Coordinator
|Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator
|Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator
|Texas Defensive Coordinator
2004 (alongside Duane Akina)
|Michigan Defensive Coordinator