Feb. 19, 2009
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss announced Thursday the addition of Travaris Robinson as assistant football coach pending approval by the Board of Trustees, Institutes of Higher Learning.
Robinson replaces Tony Hughes, who resigned his position last month, and will coach the cornerbacks.
"We are pleased that Travaris has joined our staff," said Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora. "He knows what it takes to be a successful defensive back at this level both as a player and a coach."
Robinson -- a former Auburn defensive back, who played two seasons in the National Football League -- served as a full-time assistant at Western Kentucky last season. He went to WKU after spending a year as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Auburn.
A four-year letterwinner at Auburn, Robinson played in 48 contests from 1999-02 while helping the Tigers win outright or share three consecutive Southeastern Conference West Division championships.
AU went 30-19 (61.2 percent) overall during his career, including a top 20 in both the final Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches' polls after his senior season. He was selected the Most Valuable Player of the Iron Bowl after recording 12 tackles -- including 10 solo -- and breaking up a pair of passes to help the Tigers to a 13-9 victory over rival Alabama, as they would go on to defeat Penn State in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day.
He was a first-team AP all-SEC selection at the end of the year after collecting 92 total tackles -- which ranked second on the squad -- intercepting four passes and breaking up three others.
Auburn would also end the season ranked in the top 20 of both national polls Robinson's sophomore season, when it finished 9-4 after participating in the Florida Citrus Bowl.
He concluded his collegiate career with 166 tackles, seven passes defended and five interceptions.
Robinson would then go on to play for the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL during the 2003 and '04 seasons, appearing in nine contests while splitting time with the two clubs as a rookie.
He would return to Auburn in 2006 as a student assistant while finishing up his undergraduate degree. That fall, the Tigers would post an 11-2 record including a 6-2 mark in SEC action. They were ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation, and would go on to defeat Nebraska by a field goal in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
After earning his degree in communications, Robinson remained with the Tigers as a graduate assistant last season. In addition to assisting with all aspects of the defense, he was responsible for opponent scouting, organizing scout teams for the defense and kicking game, video breakdown and computer data entry, the defensive scouting report, and all aspects of on-campus recruiting. AU was 9-4 in 2007, ending the year with a 23-20 overtime victory over Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
A native of Miami, Fla., Robinson was a four-year letterwinner at Coral Park Senior HS, where he earned all-state honors as a defensive back and wide receiver.
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