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Greg Robinson wouldn't change anything about his time at Michigan

With over a decade of NFL experience as a defensive assistant and coordinator, and a disappointing two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Michigan during the Rich Rodriguez era, Greg Robinson can reflect back on his experience in Ann Arbor (2009 and 2010) with no regrets.

Asked if he would go back and do anything differently, Robinson told MLive.com that he doesn't think in those terms.

"You just can’t live like that. That obviously was a disappointing time for me, nothing really went right. But would I do something different? No. I have a great love for Michigan, and I hope nothing but the best for them. They’re doing terrific things right now. I wish things would have turned out differently when I was there, but hindsight is always 20/20."

According to the article, Robinson is now traveling 80 miles round trip and volunteering at a Los Angeles area high school, working under a former teammate and loving every minute of it. He is also doing some radio appearances, including the Senior Bowl this week for Sirius XM.

Robinson says that Michigan will always hold a special place in his mind, and that running the 3-3-5  in 2010 with no prior experience in the scheme was a difficult situation but he can honestly look back with no regrets.

It's refreshing to see a coach with so much experience (14 years as an NFL assistant, four seasons as the head coach at Syracuse, and plenty of college experience as an assistant) being able to reflect on a rough patch in their career with a positive outlook. Robinson is currently hoping to end up back in the league as a defensive assistant.

The amazing story of Wofford's staff continuity

Yesterday we posted an article on Mark Helfrich's first week as the head coach at Oregon and the continuity he inherits on the coaching staff. Helfrich is now the leader of a staff that boasts six coaches with more than a decade deposited in Eugene.

That has to be a high across Division I, right? Actually, Wofford's staff continuity makes even Oregon look like a brand new staff.

Start with head coach Mike Ayers, who recently completed his 25th season at Wofford. Then Wade Lang, who Ayers brought with him in 1988 to be the Terriers' running backs coach. Lang was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1990 and has occupied that position ever since.

Nate Woody recently completed 22 years on staff, the last dozen as defensive coordinator, before departing for Appalachian State. His replacement, Jack Teachey, is in his 20th season on the staff. Offensive line coach Eric Nash has spent 10 years at Wofford.

Those coaches' tenures pail in comparison to that of Joe Lesesne, who has spent 48 years on campus, the last eight of which as director of football operations. Lesesne started at Wofford as an assistant history professor in 1964, then in various administrative roles before being promoted to the President of Wofford College, a post he held from 1972-2000. Lesesne served as an assistant coach from 1965-68, and then again after retiring as Wofford president from 2001-04. He became the Terriers' director of football operations after the 2004 season.

Of course, this type of contunity is only possible because Wofford wins. After all, the Terriers have experienced 18 winning seasons in Ayers' 25 years as head coach.

Or, perhaps, Wofford wins because of its staff continuity. Of the seven non-winning seasons during Ayers' tenure, only one has occurred in the past decade. After winning nine or more games two times from 1988-2001, Wofford has posted six such seasons from 2002-2012. Along the way, the Terriers have been able to establish a definitive identity, ranking first or second in FCS rushing rankings every year since 2007 (since the NCAA began putting FCS statistical rankings online). 

Either way, Wofford has accomplished something that most other staffs, even Oregon, can only dream of. 

 

Video: 'Well, initially, we thought the coaches were insane'

Bethune-Cookman wrapped up a 9-3 season by winning seven of their last eight games on the heels of their defense, which finished in the top eleven in the nation in scoring, total defense, pass efficiency defense, pass defense and turnover margin.

Their dominant defense, top ten ranked rushing offense,MEAC title and overall journey are highlighted in this video that they showed at their year end banquet.

To give you an idea of how intense the off season workouts were, one of the players noted that many of the guys thought the coaching staff might have literally been insane after they went through the first few sessions. Head coach Brian Jenkins and his staff initiated a three phase workout regimen dubbed "mayhem", "chaos" and "mind games" to ensure that they established a frame of mind that nothing would phase them, regardless of the obstacles.

That mental preparation helped Bethune-Cookman get over some big hurdles this season, including not having a practice field of their own. Every single day the team had to load into two buses and travel 20 minutes to a nearby facility to practice. A few players noted that instead of being looked at as a hassle, those trips actually brought them closer as a team. Credit that strenuous off season mental training for that outlook.

This video illustrates the mental and physical preparation that they went through, the obstacles that they had to overcome during the season, and some excellent game day highlights that bring you in the locker room and on the field with the team.

Get comfortable and watch all of this one. Very well put together with some great coaching content throughout.

'The continuity we have here is unmatched'

Much has been said and written about the continuity of Oregon's staff the past few seasons. After all, up until Chip Kelly left for the Eagles job, Oregon was the only staff in the country to have kept all nine of their guys intact over the past five seasons.

That's something that, in today's world of college football, is nearly impossible to do. Further, it's a badge of honor for any head coach.

That's exactly how Mark Helfrich sees it.

In a recent interview with ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd, when asked how much of the offense would change, Helfrich pointed to the staff continuity, and past Duck coaches, and reiterated the idea that the program is bigger than any one person.

"We’re going to be about 99.2 percent, from a philosophical standpoint, we’re going to be identical. I’m a much different person than Chip is but the point eight percent of the time is the stuff people are going to be like ‘oh my gosh this is the biggest thing in the history of the world.’"

"From your Ralph Miller over to Jimmy Anderson, I will give you Rich Brooks to Mike Bellotti, Mike Bellotti to Chip Kelly, the continuity that we have here is probably unmatched. We have the longest tenured assistant coach in college football in Gary Campbell, Nick Aliotti, Don Pellum, all these guys have been here forever and again this is bigger than any one guy.”

Helfrich is absolutely right, no program can match their staff continuity. Campbell has been with Oregon for 28 years and has tutored 12 of the programs 14 1,000 yard rushers. That kind of loyalty and production pays huge dividends on the recruiting trail, in the meeting room, and on the field. Then you add guys like Aliotti (20 years), and Don Pellum (22 years) to the mix, as well as their numerous other assistants that have an impressive tenure, and it's easy to see the results of keeping loyal, consistent guys around for the sake of the program, and the players.

Helfrich is inheriting a unique situation in Eugene, and he realizes it, which will help in his transition to head coach, and make them stronger in the long run as a program and a staff.

Video: New conference, same goal for North Texas

North Texas is coming off a disappointing 4-8 season, where two of the games that they lost were by a combined total of eight points. Those eight points are the difference between bowl eligibility and staying home for the holidays.

This off season brings a fresh new feel, as the Mean Green prepare to leave the Sun Belt for the new look Conference USA. But as the video points out, while it may be a new conference, the goal to win a championship remains the same.

And it starts in the weight room.

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