On Saturday morning, a major move for the Miami Hurricanes coaching staff was revealed as veteran coach Travaris “T-Rob” Robinson was announced as the Canes’ defensive backs coach. The new was first reported by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, and quickly confirmed by an official announcement from Miami Athletics.
Here’s the official release from Miami Athletics I just mentioned:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Travaris Robinson, who spent the past five seasons as defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach at South Carolina, will join the Miami Hurricanes football staff as defensive backs coach, head coach Manny Diaz announced Friday. Robinson’s hire is pending completion of a standard University background check.
Regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country, Robinson, known as “T-Rob,” is a Miami native who boasts 15 years of college coaching experience.
“We are excited to welcome Travaris and his family back to Miami,” Diaz said. “He is a proven defensive coach and an excellent recruiter who will be an outstanding addition to our coaching staff.”
Last season Robinson mentored defensive lineman Kingsley Enagbare, a first-team All-SEC selection, and defensive back Jaycee Horn, a second-team All-SEC pick. In 2019, the South Carolina defense - led by first-team All-American defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw - held its opponents to 20 points or less in five games. Sophomore cornerback Israel Mukuamu earned second-team All-SEC honors, while Jammie Robinson and Zacch Pickens earned SEC All-Freshman accolades for the Gamecocks in 2019.
In 2017 South Carolina led the SEC and ranked ninth in the country with 28 turnovers forced, while ranking 25th in points allowed per game at 20.7. The Gamecocks held 11 of 13 opponents to fewer points than their season average. South Carolina tied for 10th in the nation in turnovers forced with 27 during the 2016 campaign, including 15 interceptions.
Robinson spent five seasons coaching defensive backs before arriving in Columbia, S.C. as defensive coordinator - first at Florida (2011-14), then at Auburn (2015). The former Auburn Tiger standout began his coaching career at his alma mater, first as a staff assistant in 2006 while finishing up his undergraduate degree, then as a GA in 2007.
Robinson spent one season each as a defensive backs coach at Western Kentucky (2008), Southern Miss (2009) and Texas Tech (2010) before joining the Florida staff.
In his first season at Florida in 2011, Robinson guided a UF secondary that ranked seventh in the nation in pass defense (166.8), while the Gator defense ranked eighth nationally in total defense (299.5).
Robinson led a secondary that was one of the best in the nation in 2012, ranking No. 2 in pass efficiency defense (95.55) and allowing just seven touchdown passes - the second-fewest in the nation. Florida had 20 interceptions on the season, good for seventh nationally while safety Matt Elam was a first-team All-America selection and first-round draft pick.
In 2013, Robinson’s secondary was seventh nationally in passing defense and eighth in passing efficiency defense, while the defensive unit was eight in total defense. Under Robinson, Vernon Hargreaves III was a freshman All-SEC and freshman All-America pick while being named the National Freshman Defensive Player of the Year by College Football News.
In 2014 at Florida, Robinson again tutored Hargreaves III, who was a first-team All-SEC pick and named first-team All-America. Jalen Tabor received freshman All-America and freshman All-SEC honors. The Gators defense finished the 2014 regular season ranked ninth nationally in total defense, 14th in pass efficiency defense and 23rd in passing defense.
At Texas Tech, he helped the Red Raiders to an 8-5 record and a TicketCity Bowl victory over Northwestern. In his one season at Tech, Robinson had two defensive backs earn All-Big 12 Honorable Mention recognition and a third that was named a freshman All-America honorable mention.
His 2009 Southern Miss squad finished in the top four in Conference USA in pass efficiency defense, interceptions and yards per pass attempt, and he coached First Team All-C-USA selection Eddie Hicks.
Auburn posted a 30-19 record during his playing career, including a top-20 ranking in the final polls after his senior season. He was selected the MVP of the Iron Bowl after recording 12 tackles and breaking up a pair of passes to help the Tigers to a 13-9 victory over Alabama, as they would go on to defeat Penn State in the Capital One Bowl. He was a first-team AP All-SEC selection after collecting 92 total tackles, second on the squad, with four interceptions. He concluded his collegiate career with 166 tackles and five picks.
Robinson was born in Miami and attended Coral Park High where he was a four-year letterman and earned all-state honors as a defensive back and wide receiver. He received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Auburn in 2007.
Robinson is married to the former Mandisa Skyers; their family includes sons, Tyson Jerod and Travis Jerod, and daughter, Jordyn.
This is massive for Miami, to have another top-notch coach on the staff. And, with T-Rob being named DBs coach, he will replace Co-DC/S coach Ephraim Banda, who departed for the Defensive Coordinator job at Utah State, and also points to CB coach Mike Rumph not being retained.
As you saw in the release above, T-Rob is both a dynamic coach with 15 years of coaching excellence to his credit, and one of the best recruiters in the country. For a program that has struggled to get top end talent at the CB position for a long time — the last 5-star CB Miami signed was Tracy Howard in 2012 — getting a recruiter of Robinson’s caliber is a massive, MASSIVE win for the Canes.
In that he coached at Florida previously, I never thought I’d say this but.....