December 12, 2012
Sources: Robinson retained
Multiple sources have now confirmed to HawgSports.com that Mark Robinson will continue on into his sixth year as Arkansas' director of football operations, joining Bret Bielema's new staff.
The University of Arkansas has yet to officially announce that Robinson will be retained. Earlier today, HawgSports.com learned Chris Hauser will follow Bielema from Wisconsin and serve as the team's director of on-campus recruiting. That also has not been made official by the UA.
Sources also say cornerbacks coach Bobby Allen will be retained to serve as the team's director of high school relations.
Mark Robinson Bio
Courtesy: Athletic Media Relations
Mark Robinson is in his fifth year as Arkansas' director of football operations after spending five years as a football operations assistant at Texas A&M. He joined the UA staff on Jan. 3, 2008.
Robinson oversees all the daily operations of the Arkansas Football program. He is responsible for the operation of the football program's budget, scholarships, team travel, housing, camps and clinics, NFL relations and other administrative responsibilities. Robinson is the staff liaison to the Southeastern Conference. He also monitors and records all athletic related events for the football program.
This past year, at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, Robinson coordinated the scheduling and all travel arrangements. He created daily itineraries, including the game day timeline, published the travel roster, organized all team meals and distributed player per diem funds. He took personal responsibility ensuring the Field Scovell Trophy, given to the Cotton Bowl champions, made a safe return to Fayetteville. It was Robinson's third bowl trip at UA after he also coordinated the Razorbacks' trip to the 2010 Liberty Bowl and the 2011 Sugar Bowl, the first BCS game in school history.
Robinson served as the Assistant Director of Football Operations at Texas A&M from 2003-07. At A&M, he assisted with the day-to-day operations of the program, including team travel, practice, game day operations, recruiting and coaching. He assisted the staff with recruiting letters and videos, worked with the compliance office, handled player guest tickets, coordinated various activities and functions related to three bowl games, assisted with recruiting weekends and official visits, put together a player policy manual and supervised team-building activities.
Robinson played on the offensive line at Appalachian State from 1998-2002, where he earned his bachelor's degree in communications. The Mountaineers were ranked in the top 10 in the nation in I-AA and earned playoff bids all five seasons. He set the school record with a 615-pound squat lift and received the Strongest Player Award on the team his senior year.
The Greensboro, N.C., native is married to the former Valerie Lynch. They have three children, Caroline, who was born in March 2008, Rocco, who was born in October 2009, and Nate, who was born in June 2011.
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