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GERG Back In The Coaching Ranks

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via sportsnstats.com

Esteemed former Defensive Coordinator at Texas and Michigan (and certainly NOT a Head Coach anywhere else) just took the DC job at San Jose State according to the San Jose Mercury News. So Bills fans can rest easy, that's one former Syracuse coach they don't have to worry about Doug Marrone bringing to Buffalo.

But this post wasn't really to pile on Robinson (although it won't be discouraged), but more as an excuse to relay the story of the time he along with Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll got drunk with a group of North Carolina players in a frat party.

Carroll was a free safety at the University of Pacific. It's where he met Greg Robinson, who would be attached to Carroll for years as each elevated through coaching. They were in the same fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, then were graduate assistant coaches at Pacific together in 1975-76.

And this is where I remind you Pete Carroll recommended Robinson to Dr. Gross, and if you rooted for the Seahawks in the Super Bowl and weren't from Seattle you're a disloyal idiot. (Ahem: Sorry, might be my 49ers bias coming out). Anyway...

They reunited at North Carolina State under Monte Kiffin in 1980. Carroll was the defensive coordinator, Robinson an assistant. Eight years out of college, Carroll still looked like he had just enrolled. Robinson's hair was far from the full white it embraces now.

After pounding away in recruiting and playbook preparation, Carroll and Robinson -- well, Carroll -- had an idea that would illustrate his ongoing enjoyment of mischief which remains. The young assistants drove to Chapel Hill, where arch rival North Carolina is housed. At the SAE house, a party raged. Carroll and Robinson claimed to be SAE members from USC. In they went.

"They let us in to the party," Robinson said. "There are football players and stuff in there and they have no idea. You talk about sleeping with the enemy.

"That was the kind of mentality we had. We drank a couple beers with the Carolina boys without them knowing who they were having beers with."

Just one of the little ironies that last year's Super Bowl winning coach (John Harbaugh) wanted to interview for the head job that ultimately went to the best friend of this year's. Thank goodness for SMFS.

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