One thing that came out of the early firing of Jimbo Fisher were the glowing reviews of Texas A&M Interim Head Coach Elijah Robinson. The longtime defensive line coach and ace recruiter certainly seemed to have the support of the team, and as such, new head coach Mike Elko made a strong effort to keep Robinson on staff. However, it seems that Robinson will instead be going elsewhere, accepting a promotion to become the defensive coordinator at Syracuse. The story was broken by TexAgs’ Billy Liucci.
BREAKING: Just got word that A&M d-line coach Elijah Robinson is headed to Syracuse as the new Orange defensive coordinator. E-Rob's first crack at running the defense so a big step for tge longtime Aggie assistant.— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) December 3, 2023
On the A&M side, @CoachMikeElko and the Ags made E-Rob an incredible offer (highest-paid position coach in CFB) and I've been told Elko had his contingency plan ready - an ace recruiter/relationship-builder and highly-regarded DL coach - in the event Robinson left. Stay tuned.— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) December 3, 2023
The offer from Syracuse did not come out of nowhere. Robinson is reportedly close friends with new Syracuse head coach Fran Brown. So getting a promotion and working with a close friends proved too much of a draw for E-Rob to turn down.
As Liucci, mentions, A&M was prepared to make Robinson the highest-paid position coach in college football, which means he likely would have be making seven figures. So it seems the Aggies did everything in their power to keep him short of offering him the defensive coordinator position in Aggieland. Personally I thought that would be the route A&M would go, with Mike Elko still having a lot of involvement in the defense. But with Elko having worked with Robinson at A&M during his four years as the Aggies’ defensive coordinator, he’s about as knowledgeable as anyone as to whether Robinson was ready for role.
With championship weekend complete and teams knowing their postseason fate, there’s a good chance we see more of Elko’s coaching staff begin to take shape this week.