Can Robinson Reboot Longhorns Defense?

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

AUSTIN (AP) – Texas coach Mack Brown has turned to friend and former assistant Greg Robinson to reboot his defense and save the season.

But is a coach a decade removed from his last success on the field the right architect to rebuild, or simply a retread?

Robinson last coached at Texas (1-1) in 2004, when the Longhorns went 11-1 and won the Rose Bowl. As coordinator, his defense ranked No. 23 nationally. The Longhorns allowed only 107 yards rushing per game that season, far below the 550 piled up last week by BYU that helped get Manny Diaz fired the next day.

Robinson parlayed his one season at Texas into a head coaching job at Syracuse, where he was 10-37 in four seasons, including the only two 10-loss seasons in a program that dates to 1889. Robinson landed as defensive coordinator at Michigan under then-coach Rich Rodriguez. In Robinson’s…

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