The LSU football team is adding a Hall of Fame coach to its staff.
The Tigers hired longtime Southern Cal coach John Robinson as a senior consultant to head coach Ed Orgeron, LSU announced Monday.
Robinson, who coached 15 seasons at USC over three stints, grew close to Orgeron, who was an assistant coach for the Trojans and the interim head coach in 2013 before leaving for LSU. Robinson's wife is also a New Orleans native.
Robinson was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 2009. He coached at the college and NFL level for more than 40 years.
He's best known for leading USC to five Pac-10 titles and coaching two Heisman winners.
The former Oregon player coached as an assistant at his alma mater from 1960-1971. He continued to coach until 2004.
In between his two stints at Southern Cal, Robinson was the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, leading that franchise to the playoffs six times, including two appearances in the NFC championship game.
“I want to welcome Coach Robinson and his wife Miss Beverly to the LSU Family,” Orgeron said. “Coach has been a great friend and mentor to me and he will be a very valuable resource for us in growing our championship culture at LSU.”
Robinson will assist Orgeron as a consultant to daily planning of practice, personnel and game planning.
Robinson has a college coaching record of 132-77-4 and a NFL regular-season record of 75-68. He went 4-6 in the NFL Playoffs.
He was on the opposing sidelines in Tiger Stadium in 1979 for USC’s 17-12 win over the Tigers in what many have called one of the best games ever played on the LSU campus. The Trojans went on to post a 11-0-1 mark that year capping the season with a 17-16 victory over No. 1-ranked Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Robinson was named National Coach of the Year in 1979.
At USC, Robinson had 18 players earn first team All-America honors with two of them — running backs Charles White in 1979 and Marcus Allen in 1981 — winning the Heisman Trophy.
Robinson took over as head coach at UNLV in 1999, leading the Rebels to a win in the Las Vegas Bowl in 2000. He earned Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 and remains the second-winningest coach in UNLV history.