Scout.com's Jason Higdon is reporting that Texas running backs coach Tommie Robinson is returning to USC. According to Higdon, Robinson will not only coach running backs for the Trojans but also act as the run game coordinator for Clay Helton. At this point Robinson has not officially signed a contract with USC, but he is expected to very shortly.
According to our sources, LSU head coach Les Miles had also reached out to Robinson about an assistant coaching position this past weekend.
Robinson spent the past two seasons coaching running backs for the Texas Longhorns. In 2013 Lane Kiffin hired Robinson to coach the USC running backs, but Robinson was not retained when Steve Sarkisian took over in 2014.
While at USC Robinson helped Javorius ‘Buck’ Allen burst onto the scene leading the team in rushing with 785 yards and 14 touchdowns and earning All-Pac-12 honors. Tre Madden had a quick start to the season, rushing for 703 years before suffering a season ending injury.
Prior to USC, Robinson spent the three previous seasons coaching running backs for the Arizona Cardinals. His best season there was in 2011 when Beanie Wells topped 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns, the first player in Cardinals history to accomplish that feat.
Robinson also spent three seasons at Miami (Fla.), coaching running backs from 2007 until 2009. From 2001 until 2006 Robinson coached running backs, tight ends and wide receivers at stops in Memphis, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State. He has also coached for the Dallas Cowboys, TCU, Utah State, Arkansas and Troy State.
He started his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1991, as the Razorbacks played in the 1991 Independence Bowl. Prior to that he coached at the high school level, for Woodham High in Pensacola (Fla.) in 1986 and 1987 and at his alma mater Central High in Phenix City (Ala.), from 1988 to 1990.
As a player Robinson was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter at strong safety and team captain as a senior at Troy State, where he was a member of the 1984 Division II national championship team. He received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Troy State in 1985.
Robinson has been a longtime assistant coach at both the collegiate and professional levels. This is his second stint as the USC running backs coach.
With the hiring of Robinson expected to be made official shortly, USC currently has one permanent assistant coaching position open. Johnny Nansen is expected to move over to the defensive side and coach linebackers, leaving the open position for a defensive line coach.
Stay tuned to USCFootball.com for the latest on the USC assistant coaching search.
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