SAN JOSE -- Veteran assistant coach Greg Robinson will become the new San Jose State defensive coordinator, according to a source.

Coachingsearch.com first reported the hire on Monday morning. Robinson, a former defensive coordinator for Texas and the Denver Broncos, replaces Kenwick Thompson, who left after one season to become an assistant at Vanderbilt.

The school hasn't yet announced Robinson's hiring and it could take some time before it becomes official.

Robinson, 62, began last season as a quality control coach at Texas before being elevated by former coach Mack Brown to the defensive coordinator job two games in. He previously served as Brown's defensive coordinator in 2005.

Robinson spent 10 years as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, including six seasons with the Broncos in which they won back-to-back Super Bowls. He also was a defensive coordinator for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs.

He left his first stint at Texas to become Syracuse's head coach, but went just 10-37 in four seasons. He spent the next two years as a defensive coordinator at Michigan and was out of coaching for two years before joining Texas last season.

Robinson's ties to San Jose State coach Ron Caragher stem from their days at UCLA. Robinson spent eight years there as an assistant. He was the defensive line coach for the first seven years, but served as the offensive coordinator in 1989 during Caragher's senior season as a backup quarterback. That's the only time in his coaching career that Robinson has coached on the offensive side.

Robinson is a California native from Bakersfield. He played collegiately at the University of Pacific, where he was teammates and later a fellow graduate assistant coach with Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. He and Carroll also coached together at North Carolina State and Robinson served as Carroll's defensive coordinator for his one season as head coach of the Jets in 1994.

Robinson was not retained at Texas by new coach Charlie Strong, but said toward the end of last season that he planned to continue coaching for a while.

"I've got a lot left in my tank," Robinson told the Austin American Statesmen on Dec. 28 before the Longhorns played Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. "I really was considering darkening my hair, but my wife won't allow it. I can coach. I've still got a lot of energy left, and I can outrun a lot of younger coaches, too.

"I got at least 10 more years left in me."

  • San Jose State also appears to have hired its offensive line coach, plucking Keith Carter off the staff of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, according to tweets from two Spartan offensive linemen.

    Carter seems like a natural fit after having spent three years on Caragher's staff at the University of San Diego, where he coached the tight ends for one year, the offensive line for two and was the running game coordinator in 2011.

    Carter was an offensive quality control coach for the Seahawks the past two years, a role that primarily consists of film study and playbook work. He replaces Hank Fraley, who left after one season with SJSU to join the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff.

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