Greg Robinson Returns to Texas Staff

The player personnel department continues to grow at Texas, and the newest name is a familiar one for Longhorn fans: former defensive coordinator Greg Robinson.

A veteran of 36 years coaching who has served as defensive coordinator on two Super Bowl winning teams and the Longhorns' 2004 Rose Bowl Championship squad, Greg Robinson has been hired as a football analyst at Texas, Texas coach Mack Brown announced Wednesday.

Per Texas's release, Robinson's role will be as follows:

"In his role, Robinson will be a valuable resource to the Texas coaching staff. He will handle quality control evaluation for the team, provide team video review, oversee the Longhorns self-scouting and provide assistance in opponent scouting. Robinson's focus will be to provide data, feedback and analysis to the Texas staff. The hiring of Robinson will also complete the newly created Longhorns' player personnel department and the additions to the football staff."

Brown said he was "thrilled" to have Robinson back on staff.

"He absolutely loves the game of football, has such a wealth of knowledge and experience and will be an invaluable resource to our staff," Brown said. "Greg is such a passionate, hard-working, competitive and determined man that you know he'll bring a great deal to this position. I could feel that from the moment we first talked about it. He loves Texas, enjoys being around our coaches and kids, helped us win a bunch of games in 2004, and we're so lucky to have him back."

For his part, Robinson called the decision to return a "no brainer."

"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," Robinson said. "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. I really loved my time here and am looking forward to being a part of this great program and University again."

Most recently in college, Robinson served as the Michigan defensive coordinator from 2009-2010. Previously, he spent four years as head coach at Syracuse from 2005-2008.

Robinson was co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for Texas in 2004, when the Longhorns went 11-1 and won the Rose Bowl over Michigan. That year, Texas held its opponents to 320.1 yards (23rd nationally) and 17.9 points per game (18th). Texas was also 16th in rushing defense (107.4 yards per game).

"As Mack and I talked, I could see the position was one where they wanted to take advantage of my experiences in football," Robinson said. "The key things to me were, number one, I didn't want to be intrusive to the coaches. Obviously, I've worked with (co-offensive coordinator) Major (Applewhite) and he worked with me at Syracuse, and I know very well how he is and how he ticks, and I know that I can share information that I might find and give him a perspective. I know he'll take and use it the best that he can or not, depending on what he's thinking. In (defensive coordinator) Manny (Diaz's) case, I don't want it in any way for him to feel like he has someone looking over his shoulder at all.

"That's not what I'm there for," Robinson said. "I don't want to in any way inhibit him or any of the coaches. Mack and I talked about that, and that was important to me. 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. That was really important to me and Mack agreed that was the right way. That's how I see this working."

Before coming to Texas, Robinson spent 14 years coaching in the NFL, including time from 1994-2003 where he was defensive coordinator of the New York Jets (1994), Denver Broncos (1995-2000) and Kansas City Chiefs (2001-2003).

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