Texas A&M analyst, former SEC DC, reportedly takes Big 10 coordinator job
A one-time Arkansas defensive coordinator who most recently worked in the SEC at Texas A&M, is reportedly moving to Rutgers to coordinate its defense under new coach Greg Schiano.
Robb Smith, who worked at Arkansas under Bret Bielema, left for Minnesota and the same role with the Golden Gophers, before he joined Jimbo Fisher’s staff as an analyst in 2019.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported the news: “Smith, who most recently served as Minnesota’s DC, spent this past season as an analyst at Texas A&M. He served as Rutgers’ DC in 2012 and worked with Greg Schiano both there and with the Tampa Bay Buccanneers.”
Schiano would like to see the same success they had the last time Smith was in Piscataway, New Jersey.
The 2012 season saw Rutgers claim its first conference title since 1961 and the fifth in school history. The Scarlet Knights finished the year ranked fourth in the nation in points allowed per game (14.2), sixth in rush yards allowed per game (95.2), 10th in total defense (311.6 yards per game) and tied for third in rushing touchdowns allowed (6).
Previously, he was the Rutgers special teams coordinator. The Scarlet Knights ranked in the top 10 in blocked punts each of his three years coordinating the unit. Rutgers led the country in 2010 with nine blocked punts, tied for second in 2011 with nine and ranked eighth in 2009 with five.