Syracuse hires Robinson as new football coach

Syracuse hired Texas co-defensive coordinator Greg Robinson for its head football coaching position on Tuesday.

Robinson, who has coached for 30 years, accepted the job offer given to him by athletics director Daryl Gross. Gross said he wanted to hire a coach with college and professional experience as well as someone who placed an emphasis on defense.

"Greg Robinson brings a winning attitude and championship football tradition to our program," Gross said.

Texas finished 11-1 this year and topped Michigan to win the Rose Bowl. Robinson was a big part of that success, as he coached a defense that didn't allow a third-quarter touchdown and held opponents to 27 percent on third down conversions.

Before accepting the coaching position at Texas last year, Robinson was a defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs (2001-03), Denver Broncos (1995-2000) and New York Jets (1994). He also has extensive college experience including an offensive coordinator post at UCLA.

"It has been a long time coming," Robinson said. "It is funny how your blessings come, but I am really glad that the opportunity is coming now in my career."

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