Arkansas hires Rams secondary coach as defensive coordinator

Updated: February 6, 2008, 8:40 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas hired its second defensive coordinator in about a month Wednesday, introducing Willy Robinson at the team's news conference for national signing day.

New coach Bobby Petrino initially brought in Ellis Johnson, but Johnson left Jan. 24 to join the staff at South Carolina.

Robinson, who turns 52 Sunday, was the secondary coach for the St. Louis Rams in 2006 and 2007. He's also coached for the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks.

On the college level, he's coached at Oregon State, Miami, Fresno State and San Jose State.

"I have a great desire to get back into college," Robinson said. "Having the ability to teach, working with people that don't think they know everything."

Robinson's last college job was with Oregon State -- he was defensive coordinator and secondary coach there in 1999.

Robinson said he'll coach safeties in addition to his responsibilities as coordinator.

"We are extremely fortunate to add Willy Robinson to our coaching staff," Petrino said. "He is an excellent coach and teacher of the game. He has extensive experience as a coordinator and an assistant coach on the collegiate level and in the NFL. His wealth of knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to our staff."


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