Reports: Florida working to keep assistant from going to Michigan
On Friday, it appeared that the Gators would be losing an assistant coach to Michigan. It was widely reported that Florida linebackers coach Christian Robinson would be leaving for the Wolverines. New reports say Gators head coach Dan Mullen is working to keep Robinson in Gainesville.
Football Scoop and 247Sports are reporting that Florida has countered Michigan’s offer to Robinson. UF is reportedly offering to give Robinson a raise. Robinson followed Mullen from Mississippi State to Florida, taking a step up the coaching ladder from graduate assistant to linebackers coach. Robinson is on contract through the 2021 season, making $300,000 per year.
At UM, Robinson would have been reuniting with Mike MacDonald from their days at Georgia. MacDonald, who has been hired as Michigan’s new defensive coordinator, coached linebackers at UGA from 2011-13. Robinson played linebacker at UGA from 2009-12 and joined Mark Richt’s staff as a graduate assistant in 2013.
Football Scoop details that Robinson did not have a formal job offer from Michigan when the news broke Friday as the Wolverines were waiting to offer Robinson until the program could hire MacDonald. UM hired MacDonald once the Baltimore Ravens’ season ended. The Ravens were eliminated from the NFL playoffs with a Saturday night loss to the Buffalo Bills.