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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Texas replaces DC Manny Diaz with only guy who might be worse

Greg Robinson MichiganThe Texas Longhorns embarrassed themselves on Saturday night by allowing BYU to rush for 550 yards in a 40-21 defeat. The shameful performance left fans demanding the head of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, and they got what they wanted on Sunday. Diaz was removed as DC and will be reassigned within the athletic department. But there is one big problem with the move: Texas somehow managed to replace Diaz with the only guy who might be worse.

Texas ruined any optimism about a coordinator change by announcing that Greg Robinson would be taking over. Robinson is a former co-defensive coordinator at Texas and had been working as a video analyst for the program.

“Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable, and we need to change that,” Texas coach Mack Brown said in a statement released on Sunday. “Greg will be here tonight and get with the staff and players to start preparing for Ole Miss. He will be running our defense immediately. We’re very fortunate that Greg has been around, watched all of our practice video and has a good scouting report moving forward.”

Now here is where we remind you that Robinson is the guy who ruined the Syracuse program during a 4-year tenure as head coach, and then went on to embarrass himself as Rich Rodriguez’s defensive coordinator at Michigan.

Robinson went 10-37 at Syracuse over four seasons, posting a 3-25 mark in Big East play. The good news is he left his mark on the program; Robinson is in the record books for being the only guy to lead the Orange to a double-digit loss season (he accomplished that feat twice!), and for having the worst winning percentage in a 4-year span in school history.

If you thought Robinson’s sad story ended there, you were wrong.

Robinson somehow finagled a job as Rich Rod’s DC at Michigan for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Michigan went 5-7 and 7-6 in those seasons. Robinson’s defense allowed 27.5 points per game in 2009, which ranked 77th out of 120 schools. They allowed at least 30 points to six out of eight Big Ten opponents that season. 2010 was even brighter for Robinson. His team allowed 35.2 points per game, which ranked 108th out of 120 schools. They allowed over 40 points four times, including a 48 spot to Wisconsin and 52 to Mississippi State in the bowl game.

Robinson has no business being a defensive coordinator for any program. The guy was helping out at Saint Francis High School in La Canada, Calif., last year. That’s probably where he belongs.

Way to ruin some potentially great news for your fans, Texas. Greg Robinson? Come on now.



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