Report: Michigan plans to hire Florida linebacker coach

As Jim Harbaugh waits until the Baltimore Ravens’ NFL playoffs are over, he’s taking action to help his new defensive coordinator.

Michigan intends to hire Florida linebacker coach Christian Robinson, Friday afternoon reports show from Gainesville.

Robinson, 30, has spent the last three seasons coaching Dan Mullen’s linebackers. He helped develop the NFL draft picks Vosean Joseph (fifth round, Buffalo Bills) and Jonathan Greenard (third round, Houston Texas), while the Gators produced a nationwide top 10 scoring defense. in 2019.

Robinson’s place on the staff remains uncertain. Harbaugh fired defensive coordinator Don Brown on Dec. 22 and allowed the contracts of defensive line coach Shaun Nua and cornerback coach Mike Zordich to expire, opening the door to a staff disruption.

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According to 247Sport, Michigan will be responsible for paying a buyout equal to 25 percent ($ 75,000) of Robinson’s $ 300,000 salary if he assumes a non-coordinating role outside of the SEC. If he assumes a role of coordinator, the buyback increases to 50% ($ 150,000).

Florida have already parted ways with cornerback coach Torian Gray and safety coach Ron English.

Prior to his time in Florida, Robinson was a graduate assistant under Mullen at Mississippi State in 2017, a graduate assistant at Ole Miss in 2015 and 2016, and perhaps most notably, a graduate assistant at Georgia in 2013 and 2014.

Why is this last part notable? Because Robinson’s time in Georgia overlapped that of Mike Macdonald, the Ravens linebacker coach who would have been chosen to be Michigan’s new defensive coordinator. Both were graduate assistants on the defensive side in 2013, before Macdonald interned in the NFL and moved to Baltimore.

Speaking at the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association’s annual clinic Friday morning, Harbaugh confirmed the addition of running backs coach Mike Hart and said a defensive coaching staff would be in place “very shortly”.

“I can’t make any announcements yet until things are signed,” Harbaugh said. “But I’m very close to doing all of these moves.”

A native of Norcross, Ga., Robinson played linebacker for four seasons in Georgia from 2009-2012 under current Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, totaling 159 tackles (22 1/2 for loss) and 4 1/2 bags. He briefly pursued a career in the NFL, without a draft, before becoming a coach.

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