It's Official: Robinson Announced At Syracuse

Texas Co-Defensive Coordinator Greg Robinson was introduced Tuesday as Syracuse University's new head coach.

Robinson replaces Paul Pasqualoni, who was fired following several subpar seasons and a 51-14 loss to Georgia Tech in the Champs Sports Bowl last month.

Robinson and head coach Mack Brown are attending the American Football Coaches Association Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

Brown released the following statement through The University:

"Greg Robinson came in and did a tremendous job in the year we were fortunate enough to have him at Texas. He's an outstanding football coach and an even better person and leader. Greg is a really upbeat guy who has been both an offensive and defensive coordinator and will bring a world of experience to the Syracuse program. He's won championships, been involved as an assistant in four Rose Bowls and was the defensive coordinator for two Super Bowl Championship teams. He brings with him a lot of coaching experience at the highest levels. I can think of no one better to head up the Syracuse program than Greg Robinson."

"Paul Pasqualoni is a great football coach and person who did things the right way for a long time. He left a solid foundation at Syracuse and Greg will build on that. We're really proud for Greg and Syracuse is lucky to have him."

"We're obviously hiring the right guys when you consider that our running backs coach (Michael Haywood) went on to become offensive coordinator at Notre Dame and both Greg (Robinson) and Dick (Tomey/San Jose State) earned head coaching jobs this year. We're really happy for them.

"Since we have a month until spring practice starts, that gives us some time to evaluate and make as good of a decision in hiring new coaches this year as we did last year. We will take our time and be sure we make the right choices again."

Reports of Robinson's departure after one year in Austin began circulating Monday evening, the same day head coach Mack Brown named Georgia assistant coach Ken Rucker as RB coach Michael Haywood's replacement. Haywood, of course, formally accepted the Offensive Coordinator's position at Notre Dame last week.

It represents the third coaching vacancy on head coach Mack Brown's staff following the program's most successful season in two decades. The Horns capped an 11-1 campaign with a 38-37 win over Michigan in the 91st Rose Bowl on the way to final No. 4/5 national ranking. Former DE coach Dick Tomey accepted the head coaching job at San Jose State University just before the bowl game. Both Tomey and Robinson joined Brown's staff on January 27, 2004.

If Brown follows the successful template he used in picking Robinson, he will look to the pro coaching ranks to fill the co-DC spot, which makes two former Longhorn defensive backs intriguing names in the hunt for Robinson's successor.

One, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator and former Texas All-American Jerry Gray was considered a candidate last January before Texas hired Robinson and he interviewed for the Syracuse job that Robinson landed. Would Gray consider replacing Robinson after squaring off with him in job hunts. An source close to Robinson told Inside Texas that Gray would love to return some day to his alma mater but, generally, would only seriously consider head coaching jobs at the collegiate level, which would seem to rule out taking the current DC opening. The selling point, though, could well be Robinson. Or, at least, the fact that Robinson snagged a college head coaching position after leaving the NFL for just one year as Texas defensive coordinator.

The other Texas-Ex is Vance Bedford, the Chicago Bears' defensive backs coach. Reports out of Chicago even before Robinson's departure for Syracuse indicated that Bedford could be a candidate for the DC position at his alma mater.

Clendon Ross contributed to this report.

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