Texas Assistant to be Named Syracuse Head Coach
Paul Pasqualoni will be succeeded by Greg Robinson.
Jan. 11, 2005
By JOHN KEKIS
AP Sports Writer
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Texas co-defensive coordinator Greg Robinson will be named the new coach at Syracuse, a University of Texas source told The Associated Press.
Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross scheduled a news conference for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to make the announcement.
The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said Robinson was en route from Austin, Texas, to Syracuse for the announcement. The move was first reported Monday by The Dallas Morning News.
Robinson, 53, spent 14 seasons in the NFL, including stints as defensive coordinator with Kansas City and Denver. He succeeds Paul Pasqualoni, who was fired Dec. 29, eight days after Syracuse lost to Georgia Tech 51-14 in the Champs Sports Bowl.
Pasqualoni was 107-59-1 and 6-3 in bowl games at Syracuse, but the Orange struggled to break even the last three years after going 10-3 and finishing 14th in the nation in 2001.
After becoming athletic director in December, Gross said he would seek a defensive-minded coach, and Robinson made a big impact in his one year at Texas, which finished 11-1 and beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
During the regular season, the Longhorns allowed 102 fewer points than they gave up in 12 games last season, did not allow a third-quarter touchdown, and held opponents to just a 27 percent conversion rate on third down.