ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 01: Michigan Wolverines head football coach leads his team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated Wisconsin 14-7. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Sources tell FootballScoop that Christian Robinson is planning to leave Dan Mullen’s University of Florida staff, where Robinson’s spent the past three seasons as the Gators’ linebackers coach, and is expected to join the defensive staff for Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan program.

A former Georgia player who’s worked in the Southeastern Conference at his alma mater, as well as Ole Miss and Mississippi State in addition to his trio of seasons in Gainesville, Florida, Robinson is viewed as an energetic young coach who is strong in fundamental teachings of the linebacker position and also an asset on the recruiting trail.

As both player and coach, Robinson has experience in three New Year’s Six bowls and also has helped coach multiple future NFL Draft picks in his previous stops, most notably working with Robert Nkemdiche at Ole Miss in addition to several Gators stars.

Harbaugh is overhauling his Michigan staff on the heels of a disappointing, abbreviated season that’s seen Michigan make a number of changes to both sides of its coaching staff. Michigan earlier this week announced it had hired away Mike Hart, a former Wolverines standout, from Indiana for an offensive assistant spot.

Michigan had more than half of its coaching staff on expiring contracts after the 2020 season and also saw Harbaugh fire defensive coordinator Don Brown, who since accepted the defensive coordinator position at Arizona.

Robinson previously worked with the Wolverines’ expected incoming defensive coordinator, Baltimore Ravens assistant coach Mike MacDonald, previously when both Robinson and MacDonald were at Georgia together.

As always stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching news.


Update> Sources tell FootballScoop although likely, Robinson has not finalized a deal with Michigan.

Multiple local reports confirm the deal is expected.

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John Brice has covered college football, mostly in the SEC as well as covering Notre Dame and Ohio State, for more than 20 years. He's a former Tennessee Vols football sideline reporter and believes life should be spent traveling or planning the next trip.