Willy Robinson has resigned as the Arkansas Razorbacks' defensive coordinator.“I want to thank Willy Robinson for his role in helping our defense, which he leaves in better shape than when he arrived," Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement released by Arkansas. "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.”
Robinson joined Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino's staff after Petrino's initial hire for the defensive coordinator position Ellis Johnson left to take the same position at South Carolina.
The Razorbacks finished 5-7, 8-5, 10-3 and 10-2 in Robinson's four seasons. However under Robinson, Arkansas' defenses generally struggled and rated in the lower half of the SEC in each of his four seasons. Although those defensive squads did show improvement during the season each year, each season the defense seemed to start from scratch.
Arkansas inside linebackers coach Reggie Johnson is reported to be a candidate for the defensive coordinator's job at Alabama-Birmingham under new head coach Garrick McGee, who was the Razorbacks' offensive coordinator the past two season and quarterback coach in 2008-09.