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John Robinson


John Alexander Robinson

Inducted 2009

Date of Birth



Chicago, IL


University of Southern California (1976-1982)

University of Nevada-Las Vegas (1999-2004)

University of Southern California (1993-1997)


In 1978, Coach John Robinson led Southern California to a 12-1 record and National Championship after winning the Rose Bowl. After becoming the Trojan head coach in 1976, Robinson led Southern California to five Pac-10 titles during two separate coaching stints (1976-82; 1993-97). His Trojans made eight bowl appearances, posting a 7-1 record with three Rose Bowl victories. His overall bowl record of 8-1 set an all-time record in bowl winning percentage (.888). He received National Coach of the Year honors in 1979 and was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1976, 1978). During his time at Southern California, he coached two Heisman Trophy winners (Charles White and Marcus Allen), a Lombardi Award winner Brad Budde and 18 first-team All-Americas. Hired by UNLV in 1999, Robinson posted a 28-42 record in six seasons. His 28 wins ranked him second in all-time wins by a Rebel coach. In 2000, he claimed Mountain West Coach of the Year honors after leading the Rebels to a Las Vegas Bowl victory.


Wins 132

Losses 77

Ties 4

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