The consultant recruiting wars must be heating up.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron on Monday hired Hall of Fame former Southern Cal and Los Angeles Rams’ coach John Robinson to join the Tigers’ staff as a senior consultant.
Robinson, who will turn 84 later this month, hasn’t coached in college since ending his career with a five-year head coaching run at UNLV that ended in 2004.
“I’ve missed being around a team,” Robinson told Bruce Feldman of The Athletic web site. “I’m really excited about this.”
Robinson was far better known for two stints at Southern Cal sandwiched around the head coaching job with the Rams, which he led to the NFL playoffs six times, including two appearances in the NFC championship game.
He was the head coach at Southern Cal from 1976-1982 and again from 1993-1997, where he had an overall record of 104-35-4 and won the 1978 national championship. He also won five Pac 10 championships and had a bowl record of 8-1.
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Among LSU fans, however, he’s probably best known for being the opposing head coach in the Trojans’ 17-12 comeback victory over the Tigers in 1979, which is still regarded by many as one of the best games ever played in Tiger Stadium.
Orgeron is close friends with Robinson from the LSU coach’s days as an assistant and interim head coach at Southern Cal, although he never served on Robinson’s staff. Robinson stayed close to the program in his retirement.
“Coach has been a great friend and mentor to me and he will be a very valuable resource for us in growing our championship culture at LSU,” Orgeron said in a statement released by the school.
Orgeron said Robinson’s duties be to assist the staff in daily planning of practice, personnel and game planning.
At USC, Robinson had 18 first-team All-Americans, including Heisman Trophy winning running backs Charles White (1979) and Marcus Allen (1981).