Report: San Jose State to hire Greg Robinson as new DC

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Greg Robinson helped Texas to an upset of Oklahoma. (USATSI)
Greg Robinson helped Texas to an upset of Oklahoma. (USATSI)
The well-traveled Greg Robinson is reportedly going back to California.

After taking over as Texas's defensive coordinator in midseason and helping the Longhorns to a 69th-place finish in FBS total defense, Robinson has been hired to the same position on Ron Caragher's staff at San Jose State , and the San Jose Mercury-News reported this week.

The 62-year-old Robinson replaces Kenwick Thompson, who left the Spartans to become outside linebackers coach under Derek Mason at Vanderbilt.

Robinson is a California native, having been born in Los Angeles and graduating from the University of the Pacific. The coaching veteran had coordinating tenures with three NFL teams -- including the Broncos, with whom he won a pair of Super Bowls -- before his first stint as Texas defensive play-caller in 2005, his failed head coaching effort at Syracuse, and two seasons as Rich Rodriguez's defensive coordinator at Michigan.

Robinson then came back to Austin as an advisor to Mack Brown and took over coordinating duties following the firing of Manny Diaz.

As he did in the wake of the Longhorns' epic collapse against BYU, Robinson will have his work cut out for him with the Spartans; SJSU finished 2013 104th in FBS total defense and 103rd in yards-per-play allowed.

The Mercury-News reported "it could take some time before" SJSU makes the hiring official.

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