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Texas Tech Names Joe Robinson to Coach Special Teams

Texas Tech and Kliff Kingsbury made a second assistant coach hire today in special teams coach Joe Robinson

This is hire number two for the day as Texas Tech named former South Carolina special teams coach, Joe Robinson, in the same position at Texas Tech.

Via the official site, Robinson is originally from Abilene and here’s the quote from Kingsbury:

“We are extremely excited to add Coach Robinson to our staff,” Kingsbury said. “Every year, his special teams are among the best in the nation. He will provide invaluable expertise to not only our special teams but our overall team.”

Additional thoughts:

  • Robinson has a pretty varied coaching history, from coaching special teams, to tight ends, to coaching the defensive line at North Carolina as well as defensive line and special teams at LSU prior to arriving at SC.
  • At South Carolina, Robinson apparently just did special teams from 2012 through 2015.
  • A couple of interesting numbers: South Carolina was 111th in punt returns this year; 7th in net punting; 30th in kickoff returns; 24th in kickoff return defense; and 63rd in punt return defense.
  • Robinson is, by far, the old man on the staff and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’m sure he and Lee Hays will get along great.
  • I like the fact that he can handle some defensive line duties as well as special teams.
  • In looking at Robinson’s Rivals profile he’s not afraid to recruit. He’s got a few good sized commits including a 4-star tight end, Christian Owens. That would be cool.
  • Robinson, obviously, spent a lot of time in the SEC and I wonder if this is going to be a focus going forward. Not at all suggesting that Texas Tech will drop Texas as a main area of recruiting, but I wonder if this is a move towards shoring up some southeastern connections.
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