UNC hires LSU's Robinson

J.P. GiglioFebruary 18, 2011 

Joe Robinson has left Louisiana State to become North Carolina's defensive line coach, according to LSU.

Robinson worked the past three seasons for the Tigers as special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach. He replaces Brian Baker and is the Tar Heels' fourth defensive line coach since the start of the 2010 season. Charlie Coiner and John Blake also held the job during the season.

Robinson has worked mainly as a special teams coordinator in college stops at LSU, Arizona, Central Florida and Houston. The Tigers' special teams were instrumental in their season-opening 30-26 win over the Tar Heels on Sept. 4.

"Joe Rob did a great job coaching our special teams in his three years with us," LSU coach Les Miles said in a statement released by the school.

Football

Duke football No. 1 in classroom: Although Duke finished 3-9 on the football field last season, the Blue Devils were No. 1 in the ACC in the classroom by a wide margin, according to the All-ACC Academic awards announced Thursday.

Duke led the conference with 13 All-ACC Academic selections. Clemson was next with six.

To be eligible, athletes needed to have at least a 3.00 grade-point average for the past semester and to have maintained at least a 3.00 GPA throughout their college career.

North Carolina had four All-ACC Academic selections - fullback Curtis Byrd, offensive tackle James Hurst, tight end Zack Pianalto and offensive tackle Michael Ingersoll. N.C. State had one selection - quarterback Russell Wilson.

Duke's 13 selections were linebacker Kelby Brown, cornerback Lee Butler, cornerback Russ Cockrell, defensive back Matt Daniels, offensive guard Dave Harding, tight end Cooper Helfet, offensive tackle Kyle Hill, offensive guard Brian Moore, quarterback Sean Renfree, cornerback Chris Rwabukamba, kicker Will Snyderwine, offensive tackle Perry Simmons and wide receiver Donovan Varner.

From ACC news release

Baseball

UNC's game time changes: Because of the threat of rain showers, today's North Carolina season-opener against Cal Poly in Los Angeles has been moved up to 1 p.m. EST.

From UNC news release

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