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Texas completed its new player personnel department on Wednesday with the hiring of a familiar name, former co-defensive coordinator Greg Robinson.
Robinson, who previously coached at Texas in 2004, is joining the program as a football analyst. He’ll contribute to quality control evaluation, film review and data collection for the Longhorns.
“When we talked about this, the opportunity to come back to Texas with Mack Brown was a no brainer,” Robinson said in a release. “The coach in me says I want to be on the field, but this position was something that excited me from the moment Mack and I talked because it’s a chance to help the program. I can't tell you I would go to different places around the country necessarily to do this, but to help him and the Longhorns in any way is very exciting for me.”
Robinson helped lead the Longhorns to a Rose Bowl victory over Michigan and a 11-1 record in his only season in Austin before taking over as head coach at Syracuse for four seasons, where he went 10-37. He served as defensive coordinator at Michigan in 2009 and 2010.
"I'm thrilled to have Greg Robinson back with our staff," Brown said in a statement. "He absolutely loves the game of football, has such a wealth of knowledge and experience and will be an invaluable resource to our staff. Greg is such a passionate, hard-working, competitive and determined man that you know he’ll bring a great deal to this position.”
Robinson brings 36 years of coaching experience – including 10 as an NFL defensive coordinator – to the table for the Longhorns’ personnel department, and he’s the third big hire Texas has made this offseason to bolster its staff.
Brown brought in director of player personnel Patrick Suddes from Alabama in March to oversee the department and all Texas recruiting, and he added respected Texas high school coach Bob Shipley in April. Like Robinson, Shipley was brought on as a football analyst.
Robinson, who hired current Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite as his quarterbacks coach at Syracuse for the 2005 season, said he’s looking forward to working with the Longhorn coordinators and providing his experience, but he doesn’t want them to think he’ll be looking over their shoulder. He didn’t come back to Austin to coach.
“I want these coaches to know that I'm there for them and just to be helpful and provide any information I can find, to review, study and provide them data that they'll have access to,” Robinson said. “That was really important to me and Mack agreed that was the right way. That's how I see this working.”