Robinson new Michigan D-coordinator

Updated: January 20, 2009, 4:51 PM ET
Associated Press

Rittenberg: Excellent Move

Here's something for Michigan fans to remember as they welcome defensive coordinator Greg Robinson. Just because someone didn't succeed as a head coach doesn't mean they can't do what they do best, writes Adam Rittenberg. Blog

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan has hired Greg Robinson as its defensive coordinator.

The former coach at Syracuse, fired in November after going 10-37 in four seasons, replaces Scott Shafer.

Shafer resigned in mid-December after his first season with the Wolverines. He coordinated a defense that gave up 347 points, the most in school history.

The team finished 3-9 in 2008, Rich Rodriguez's first year as Michigan's head coach.

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