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Syracuse provides Robinson his shot
By wire services
Published January 12, 2005
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - After 30 years as an assistant coach in the college and pro ranks, Greg Robinson finally realized his career goal of becoming a head coach by accepting the job at Syracuse.
A year to the day after resigning as the defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs and after a short, but successful stint at Texas, Robinson was introduced as the coach of the Orange on Tuesday.
"It has been a long time coming," Robinson said, a little more than an hour after arriving on campus. The 53-year-old Robinson spent 15 years in the college ranks before jumping to the NFL for 14 years. He succeeds Paul Pasqualoni, who was fired eight days after losing to Georgia Tech 51-14 in the Champs Sports Bowl.
FSU talks to ex-Cowboy
TALLAHASSEE - Longtime NFL assistant George Warhop has interviewed for the job as offensive line coach at Florida State to replace Jimmy Heggins, who resigned last week.
Warhop, 43, would bring impressive credentials having coached collegiately at Cincinnati, Kansas, Vanderbilt, New Mexico, SMU and Boston College. For the past nine years, he has been in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams (1996-97), the Arizona Cardinals (1998-2002) and then Dallas (2003-04).
- BRIAN LANDMAN, Times staff writer
Gators add 2 to staff
GAINESVILLE - Florida coach Urban Meyer has added two more members to his staff. Mickey Marotti has been hired as the director of strength and conditioning, replacing Rob Glass, who recently took a job at Oklahoma State. Marotti, 40, had been at Notre Dame since 1998 in the same capacity. Also added is Matt Balis, who has served as director of strength and conditioning for football and men's basketball at Utah since February 2004. Meyer will likely have one more position to fill. Recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Mike Locksley is expected to accept a position today as offensive coordinator at Illinois, reuniting him with former Florida coach Ron Zook.
- ANTONYA ENGLISH, Times staff writer
OHIO STATE: Suspended quarterback Troy Smith accepted money from a rogue booster last spring in order to pay an outstanding bill for a cell phone his mother obtained for former tailback Maurice Clarett, according to a report in Tuesday's Cleveland Plain Dealer. Outgoing AD Andy Geiger, citing federal student privacy laws, would not comment.
BROYLE AWARD: Auburn defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, of Clearwater, won the award as college football's top assistant. The Tigers (13-0) finished No. 2 in the final rankings behind national champion USC, but Chizik's defense was No. 1 in fewest points allowed - 9.6 per game.
LEINART MULLING: With his self-imposed Thursday deadline approaching, Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart still doesn't know whether he will return to USC or go to the NFL. "I have no idea. I'm just in a loop with all this," the junior quarterback said.