USC Football: Sources Say Tommie Robinson to Be Named RBs Coach

Rick McMahan@@RickMcMahanSenior Writer IFebruary 22, 2013

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As the USC coaching carousel continues to turn, there will now be one less slot to fill with the report that former Arizona Cardinals running backs coach Tommie Robinson will assume the same responsibilities for the Trojans.

According to an article by's Ryan Abraham, Robinson will take over as running backs coach, replacing the popular Kennedy Polamalu, who was dismissed from his offensive coordinator position.

In Robinson, the Trojans get an accomplished coach who has coached at a myriad of places including Arkansas, Utah State, UNLV, TCU and the Dallas Cowboys.

Although Robinson was also being looked at for the offensive coordinator position, it is believed that he will only coach the running backs for the time being.

Robinson inherits an all-of-a-sudden deep unit that includes Silas Redd, Tre Madden, D.J. Morgan, Javorius (Buck) Allen, and incoming freshmen Ty Isaac and Justin Davis.

While at Arizona, Robinson guided Cardinals running back Beanie Wells to his most successful season in 2011 when he ran for over 1,000 yards and averaged 4.3 yards per carry.

Robinson also has previous ties with USC, as he worked with current Trojan quarterback coach Clay Helton while they were on staff at Memphis.

In addition to being an accomplished running backs coach, Robinson is also considered to be an excellent recruiter, which should help the Trojans after the dismissal of the very-personable Polamalu left a void in that department.