Willy Robinson resigns as Arkansas Razorbacks defensive coordinator

Willy Robinson

The University of Arkansas athletic department Tuesday announced that football defensive coordinator Willy Robinson has resigned from his position after four years with the Razorbacks.

The announcement came in the form of a statement from head coach Bobby Petrino.

“I want to thank Willy Robinson for his role in helping our defense, which he leaves in better shape than when he arrived,” said Petrino. “I have the utmost respect for Willy Robinson as an individual who wants the best for the young men he coaches. I give Willy credit for his part in the building process the last four years and wish him future success.”

There was no indication as to why Robinson resigned, or where he may be headed, but the 30-year coach with NFL experience has hinted in the past that he prefers to coach in the professional ranks.

Robinson is the third member of Petrino’s staff to depart this off-season, after offensive coordinator Garrick McGee accepted a head coaching position at the University of Alabama/Birmingham, and special teams coordinator John L. Smith was announced as the new head coach at Weber State.

The UA also announced on Tuesday that former offensive coordinator (and Bobby Petrino’s brother) Paul Petrino will replace McGee as offensive coordinator.